e-Learning programme launched for professionals working with children with special educational needs and disabilities

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) have developed the Early Developmental Support e-learning course in partnership with The Open University, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Hertfordshire.

The e-learning programme encourages the development of skills for professionals working in health, education and social care who are involved in the care of children with special educational needs and disabilities. The e-learning incorporates a wide range of materials from the Early Support Programme and focuses on the use of Developmental Journals and their role in keyworking.

The six e-learning sessions are based on the Early Support Programme and are designed to improve implementation and the achievement of educational goals for all learners involved in the child’s care.

The programme comprises six e-learning sessions that build on scientific evidence, as well as practitioner and family experiences.

The six sessions are:

  • Supporting Children and Young People’s Development
  • An Introduction to Using Early Support Materials in Context
  • Introducing and Using a Developmental Journal
  • Developmental Journal Visual Impairment: Developmental principles (two sessions)
  • General Developmental Principles (for use with all Developmental Journals).

The sessions are designed to be accessed at three levels:

  • Level 1: Broad audience, including parents and generic practitioners
  • Level 2: Health professionals, allied health professionals and practitioners
  • Level 3: Specialist health and educational professionals.

The Early Developmental Support e-learning programme is hosted on the e-LfH Hub as part of the Healthy Child Programme.  To access the resource please follow this link: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/healthy-child-programme/ and click on “Module 13”.