Certificate in Children’s Development and Nutrition Package


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Gain insights into child behaviour.
This certificate is focused for people wanting to or already are working with children as well as anyone wanting to develop skills for a career in childcare. This certificate includes the following courses – the Certificate in Children’s Development & Nutrition, plus the Certificate in Child Psychological Development.

Throughout the duration of your course, you will gain valuable insights into child psychology, child behaviour, child development and child nutrition. Through this, you will learn valuable parenting and care skills regarding children’s behaviour, emotions and learning styles to help you understand how to effectively care for children.

With expert tutors guiding you every step of the way, the Certificate in Children’s Development and Nutrition will provide you with the skills you need to focus on a future in childcare, and foster healthy development within children.


With our course in Children’s Development and Nutrition, you could fast track your career potential in under 230 hours, and do so, at your own pace. 


Interact with and learn from senior industry professionals who have helped develop our courses, meaning you’ll have the inside secrets on how to become a pro.


With our training and certification, set yourself apart from other candidates when applying for roles or display within your own business to provide confidence in your abilities as a value adding professional. 


With SpotED’s support and guidance from our tutors, you will receive regular feedback and develop skills that are directly relevant to job outcomes in your chosen field.


Certificate in Children’s Development & Nutrition


Child Development – Birth to Three Years

This subject will explain the definitions of regression and delay in relation to child development. You will learn the core stages of development and the physical milestones between birth and three years old. The fixation and oral stages in childhood will be explored and we will explain the meaning of object permanence


Behaviour Management

The primary goals of behaviour management will be the main focus in this subject. You will be tasked with describing the difference between authoritative and authoritarian parenting styles and describe the various parent and children behaviours that were studied in Diana Baumrind’s 1977 report. From here the two guides for rule creating and forms of punishment will be explored.


Introduction to Child Nutrition

This subject will start with a brief overview of the history of human diet and nutrition before outlining the importance of the parent in developing healthy nutritional habits in children. You will be tasked with identifying the risks children face if they do not have a balanced diet. Using your new knowledge you will then be required to construct a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for children


Nutrition in Pre-Pregnancy

This module will outline a number of factors that affect fertility in both men and women and the nutritional diets that can help pregnancy. This class will then dive into the importance of particular nutrients at the conception stage of pregnancy and the weeks immediately after


Nutrition in Pregnancy

Following the previous subject, you will be asked to create a set of nutritional guidelines for women in different stages of their pregnancy. We will discuss the best way to combat morning sickness and match the function of different nutrients in pregnancy.


Nutrition in Infants

Infants have specific nutritional needs, in this class we will explore the disadvantages of the early introduction of solids for babies and explain the possible nutritional issue that may occur for a baby that is fed solely with breast milk or formula beyond 6 months of age. You will also learn how to identify and list methods to make food more appealing for a fussy toddler. 


Nutrition in Childhood

This subject will explain ways to encourage older children to make healthy food choices for themselves and how a parent can encourage healthy food choices for their children. You will learn how to compare the nutritional value of snack foods and discuss research methods and the real-life application of nutritional information.


Nutritional Concerns

In this class you will be asked to discuss and explore nutritional concerns in childhood such as obesity and its contributing factors. We will discuss the role of psychology and self-perception in the food choices of adolescents and identify illnesses or medical conditions that occur in children related to a nutritional cause.


Healthy Eating Behaviour

The role of parents in healthy eating habits of children will be discussed in this class. You will be asked to identify ways that parents can help ensure their teenagers maintain a healthy diet and list ways of promoting healthy eating habits in school children. We will also create a set of guidelines for children with severe food allergies.


Issues with Obesity

In this subject you will be tasked with preparing a meal plan for a child that has been diagnosed as requiring assistance with their weight. You will identify and list nutritional problems that may occur for a child who is overweight and discuss the role of parents and caregivers in childhood obesity. 


Diet Plans

This subject will be based around special diet plans. You will discuss the importance of nutritionists to keep up-to-date with diet, food pyramids and other standard guidelines.


Certificate in Child Psychological Development 


Introduction to Child Psychology

This certificate will begin with an introduction to Child Psychology. You will define the key terms and concepts in child psychology and distinguish between the nature and nurture influences on a child’s development. This subject will also explore the theories of continuity and discontinuity as well as the ethics involved in child studies.


The newborn infant

This class will describe the theories of newborn development and discuss the genetic and environmental factors that can influence a child’s personality. You will also be asked to explain the affects the perinatal environment can have on a child’s development.


States and senses of the infant

In this subject you will explain the various types of discrimination and the infant states psychologists observe in research. You will be asked to define the concept of Habituation and provide examples.



This class will define the key terms associated with learning and give examples of the four basic ways of learning. You will be tasked with explaining the role of reinforcement, consequences and punishment play in the learning and development of an infant. 


Emotions and Socialisation

The emotions and socialisation of children will be explored in this subject. You will learn to identify the emotions displayed at different stages of an infant’s development and explain smiling and fear using the perceptual recognition approach. You will also compare different theories on mother-child attachment and explain the effects day care can have on the development of a child.


Cognitive development

In this module you learn Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. You will be able to recognise the different types of play and why they are important for child development and the connection between cognition models and computer simulation.


Language development

The different language acquisition theories will be taught in this subject. You will be tasked with describing the development of speech during the first two years of a baby’s life and identifying key speech/language milestones in the first 12 months of development.



This subject will explore the influence nature and nurture has on intelligence and the different approaches in defining intelligence. You will learn how intelligence is measured and explain the impact parental influence can have on intelligence.


Socialisation – Part A

This subject will discuss social cognition and its key concepts. You will be taught how the development of social cognition is reflected in children’s friendships and the types of social scripts children learn. 



In this class the three systems of Freud’s personality structure will be identified. You will be asked to define concepts of Piaget’s approach to morality and compare the levels of moral judgement in Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. We will discuss the strategies designed to encourage altruistic behaviour and how to apply them. The changes in aggression as children grow will be explored and you will learn how aggression can be viewed as a stable attitude.


Child Sexuality

This subject will explore Frued’s key principles on child sexuality and explain the phases of Freud’s Psychosexual development using examples. You will learn the difference between gender identity and sex role identity and identify sexual behaviour displayed by children. The definition of child abuse will be discussed and how to recognise children vulnerable to abuse as well as the characteristics of abusers.


Socialisation – Part B

In this continuation on socialisation we will discuss the influence and effects parental behaviour and family structure can have on a child’s development. You will learn about common disciplinary methods and recognise the level of influence siblings and schools have on a child’s development


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This course is suitable for people working in, or aspiring to work in:

  • Childcare worker
  • Au Pairs
  • Teachers Aide
  • School worker
  • Children’s Nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • Child development coach