Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Working with Children
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio based on placement(s)  2400 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Annotated bibliography  of a minimum of 10 items on a given topic. 1600 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Annotated bibliography  of a minimum of 10 items on a given topic. 1600 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio based on placement(s)  2400 Words  60%

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.

Evaluate resources available to practitioners to support professional learning.

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.


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.


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