Emotional care of babies, children, young people and families (EC1)

Develop your confidence and expertise in communicating with children and their families

This two-year course will introduce you to key psychoanalytic ideas and how they connect to your real-life observations and experience of working with children of all ages and their families. Experiential learning, an observational approach, and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to the issue of difference and diversity are integral to this course.

The deadline for applications to this course is provisionally set for Wednesday 31 July 2024. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and can be competitive.

Please note: you may see the EC1 course also referred to as PAGDTP001 in communications from our application system.

About this course

In each year you will study three modules lasting up to ten weeks each.

Year one

In order to gain the graduate certificate you will need to complete the following three modules:

  • ‘Understanding children’s communication and its meaning’
  • ‘Seeing beneath the surface: developing observational skills’
  • ‘Family crises and their consequences’

Year two

To gain the graduate diploma you will first need to pass the graduate certificate and then complete the following three modules:

  • ‘Growing up: the main conflicts and challenges’
  • ‘Disturbing and challenging behaviour: issues for looked-after children’
  • ‘Growing up with disability’

Teaching will be delivered at the Tavistock Centre via weekly lectures and reading seminars.

Lectures

Weekly lectures will take place on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm. The aim of the lectures is to introduce you to core psychoanalytic concepts and how they can be understood throughout different life stages in ordinary as well as complex situations. Particular care and attention will be given to thinking about the influence of early life experiences and the way they influence how we negotiate the challenges of later development.

Reading seminars

You will participate in a small reading group with a seminar leader on Thursdays from 6:15pm to 7:30pm. You will need to undertake some reading prior to each seminar. The aim of this group is to have a space to reflect and deepen understanding and link some of the topics presented in the lectures to the reading and real-life experiences.

The seminar structure will change depending on the module undertaken. During some of the modules, there will be the opportunity to present your own work and/or ideas as well as listen to other students’ presentations.

Young child observation seminars

During the second term of year one, you will undertake the module ‘Seeing beneath the surface: developing observational skills’. Lectures will be replaced by a small observation seminar group where you will present your observation of a nursery aged child. The Tavistock Model of Observation will be used and you will be helped to arrange a five to six week observation of a young child in a nursery, family centre or school setting.

Following each observation you will make detailed notes of what you have observed and you will have the opportunity to bring your observation notes to discuss in your small seminar group. With the help of the group and seminar facilitator, you will think about and observe some of the communications that may be happening beneath what is immediately observable.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those at the early stages of developing a professional career in the children’s and young people’s sector, as well as those working in the field who wish to further develop their knowledge and understanding and acquire a formal university accredited qualification.

You may:

  • work in a support role in the health, education, social care, residential care or childcare sector
  • have limited work-based experience and want to develop your career in working with children and families
  • be looking for a career change and a starting point in a new working role with children and young people

Past students have been:

  • au pairs and child minders
  • journalists
  • professionals from the business sector
  • community workers
  • family support workers
  • foster carers
  • nursery workers and play leaders
  • social work assistants
  • teaching assistants
  • staff in children’s centres

If you have successfully completed our ten-week Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course (CPD64) then this course may also be for you.

Course details

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have an interest in work with children of all ages, young people and their families
  • have a willingness to engage with the emotional complexities of identity, difference and diversity and their impact upon emotional development
  • have achieved an undergraduate degree or demonstrate equivalent learning or achievement (please note an undergraduate degree is not essential)
  • have the capacity for active participation in workshops and seminar
  • be motivated for independent reading and study.

We also ask that you submit a personal statement of between 700 – 1000 words as part of your application form. In this statement, you should outline your suitability for, and interest in, the course, and detail any relevant previous experience or study. If you have any queries about this, please contact us.

Home

£3,910 per year (2024/25)

International

£7,820 per year (2024/25)

You will be charged course fees for each year of your course. If your course is longer than one year, the fees that you will be charged after the first year will be subject to an annual inflationary increase. This will either be an increase of 3% or the Consumer Price Inflation as on 1 September of that year – whichever is the greater. At its discretion, the Trust may determine a figure between these two rates. Please refer to our Student Fees & Refund Policy for further information.

Financial support may be available to help you fund your studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Bursaries (2024/25)

This year, we are offering two bursaries, covering half (50%) of EC1 course fees to new students from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic / Global Majority backgrounds, who qualify for Home fees status.

Assessment

You will be assessed at the end of each module through a range of different written assignments.

Attendance

Thursday from 5pm to 7.30pm (except for module two in year one when the teaching will be 4.45pm to 7.30pm)

This course will develop your confidence in working within early years settings and allow you to apply the knowledge and practical experience you gain to your work or volunteering setting.

Many graduates use this course to help them gain entry to our Working with children, young people and families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7, daytime) course.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have an interest in work with children of all ages, young people and their families
  • have a willingness to engage with the emotional complexities of identity, difference and diversity and their impact upon emotional development
  • have achieved an undergraduate degree or demonstrate equivalent learning or achievement (please note an undergraduate degree is not essential)
  • have the capacity for active participation in workshops and seminar
  • be motivated for independent reading and study
  • submit a personal statement of between 700-1000 words in your application form

Why study with us?

This course will help you acquire skills, understanding and reflective practice in working with babies, children, young people, parents and families. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the complexity of communication within relationships.

You will be introduced to key ideas and concepts from psychoanalytic research focussing upon the emotional development of children within their families and society at large.

By the end of the course you will be able to use psychoanalytic ideas and concepts to help you think about and address the emotional complexities of difference and diversity, and the impact they have upon the development of the individual and wider society.

You will also be able to develop your confidence and expertise in a way which enables you to progress in your career working with children and families.

Testimonials

“I made up my mind to study at the Tavistock and Portman after visiting an open day. I already knew of the Tavistock’s reputation but felt reassured by the fact that all courses are delivered and developed by clinician-tutors, who can draw upon their direct experiences of working within the NHS.”
Martijn
Graduate
“I chose to enrol on EC1 as a mature student. I was immediately engaged and inspired by the dynamic nature of learning within the course. The experiential methods of learning were deeply engaging. The excellent support via tutor engagement, seminars and the selected reading helped with the academic demands of the modules. I feel that EC1 was an essential springboard in deciding to pursue further education at the Tavistock and Portman and offered a strong foundation for my continued learning. Crucially, the impact of EC1 on my existing work was profound and I have seen my own practices benefit greatly from the thoughtful and considered seminars and support.”
Kate
Graduate

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