Healthy Child Programme

This course is designed to support the professional development of healthcare practitioners who care for young children under the age of five. It covers a wide range of topics, including health promotion, positive parenting, development and behaviour, speech and language and safeguarding, developed by a consortium of professional bodies, led by the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Course Fee: GBP 75 | Code: 237

Learning Objectives

This online course, overseen by a consortium of professional bodies, led by the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and supported by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare includes highly interactive and informative e-learning sessions covering a wide range of topics, including health promotion, positive parenting, development and behaviour, speech and language and safeguarding.


Course Information

  • Audience

    Medical students, counsellors, parents, doctors, nurses, assistants, therapists and other clinicians

  • Course Duration

    12 months full access to complete the course

  • time-account-expired-temporary


    This course has 76 sessions

  • Study time

    38 Hours of online training. Recommend 30 minutes per session.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion, you are awarded a certificate issued online from respective Royal Medical Colleges

  • Developed by

    UK Department of Health’s National Audiology Programme and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Course Contents

Module 1 – Healthy Child Programme Basics

    This module introduces you to the Healthy Child Programme and the background and philosophies behind it. This includes an overview of the preventive child health programme adopted in England, incorporating screening and developmental surveillance, immunisation, health promotion and parental support. Further sessions cover leadership, monitoring and quality within the programme.

Module 2 – Communication, Record Keeping and Inter-professional Working

    These sessions provide guidance on keeping good records in practice to promote effective communication and inter-professional working. There is also useful information on the Personal Child Health Record.

Module 3 – Family Health

    Addressing a wide range of topics, this module provides resources on the health of the family. Topics include the role of the father, the socio-emotional environment, hard-to-reach families and child resilience.

Module 4 – Safeguarding

    This module builds upon existing safeguarding materials, providing additional learning sessions on vulnerable children (including looked-after children) to provide support in this challenging area of practice.

Module 5 – Positive Parenting and Parenting Issues

    Addressing a range of topics around parenting, this module looks at how factors such as attachment and well-being, parenting support and parental relationships affect the health of the child.

Module 6 – Development and Behaviour

    Child development in the first five years of life is a critical time for any family. These sessions review early child development and include guidance on dealing with challenges around feeding, sleeping and toileting, as well as common emotional and behavioural problems.

Module 7 – Speech Language and Communication Needs

    The development of a child’s communication skills is the focus of this module. Typical and atypical development is considered, along with bilingualism and social aspects of communication.

Module 8 – Growth and Nutrition

    From pre-pregnancy through to adulthood, nutrition plays a vital role in healthy development. Focusing on the first five years of life, this module offers guidance on nutrition, feeding, weaning, growth and growth charts, the social context of food and obesity in the early years.

Module 9 – Immunisation

    These sessions deliver guidance for healthcare professionals who work with families, providing advice and addressing concerns around immunisation.

Module 10 – Health Promotion

    This module outlines vital areas of interest in promoting health from the start in pregnancy through to the first five years of life. With a focus on smoking, obesity, mental health, and substance misuse, this module also includes topics such as dental health and injury prevention.

Module 11 – Screening

    Screening forms a key part of the Healthy Child Programme. This module outlines the importance of screening and describes the timeline for screening in the first five years of life.

Module 12 – Health Visiting Model of Practice

    This session forms the first stage of developing a model of practice that health professionals and families can use to guide work on the Healthy Child Programme.
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