Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Working with Children
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Mary Healy (Senior Lecturer - Roehampton University)
  • Dr Martin Needham (Associate Head of Department - Manchester Metropolitan University)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 5 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Learning or Care Plan  Learning or care plan for a specified age or year group with a critical commentary (1500 words).  30%
Semester Assessment Portfolio of 3500 words based on placement(s)  70%
Supplementary Assessment Learning or Care Plan  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. New assignment questions will be given   30%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio of 3500 words based on placement(s)  . All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%. New assignment questions will be given   70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate approaches and methods of working with children and practitioners.

Critically discuss approaches and methods of working with children.

Critically examine ethical positions surrounding working with children.

Plan and critically evaluate a learning or care activity relevant to an educational or childcare setting.


This module enables students to gain experience of working with children in educational or childcare settings and to apply their skills and knowledge of theory, policy and practice gained in other modules on the Childhood Studies programme.

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with a range of insights into relevant and necessary aspects of working with children. Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the key concepts that are central to working with children and they will be expected to examine a range of approaches towards studying practices in various educational settings. All students opting to take this module, will be required to pay for a DBS check.


Lecture and seminar 1: Effective communication
Lecture and seminar 2: Engaging with children
Lecture and seminar 3: Working with families
Lecture and seminar 4: Leadership and teamwork
Lecture and seminar 5: Creating a learning environment
Lecture and seminar 6: Research methods and research ethics
Lecture and seminar 7: Cultural Diversity
Lecture and seminar 8: Curriculum approaches
Lecture and seminar 9: Knowing and using community support structures
Lecture and seminar 10: ICT: Tools for effective learning in childhood settings

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed and one of the seminar tasks requires the development of a PowerPoint presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Opportunities to work in an educational setting.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and some of the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills Working with professional practitioners.
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 5