Child Psychology: Certificate Course

Building a career in Child Care requires you to have a certain amount of passion and empathy for the development of a child. You need to be dedicated and driven to help the children grow up into successful adults. Getting a certification in this field will help gaining the trust and respect of potential employers as well as prospective parents.


Course Information:

CourseProficiency Certificate In Child Psychology
 Programme Type Provider Programme
 Award Type Skills Academy Proficiency Certificate In Child Psychology
 Award Issued By Skills Academy
 Accredited By Not Applicable
 Course Duration 8 Months
 Entrance Criteria
  • Grade 10 AND
  • Learners must be at least 16 years of age AND
  • Learners must be able to read and write in English

What is Included in your Course Fee?


All your study material, textbooks and study notes

All the study notes and textbooks you need to pass your course is included in your course fees. There is no list of books to buy at a bookstore. No extra hidden costs for textbooks. The price we give you includes everything you will need to complete your course.
When there are external costs like institute membership or exam fees, we will warn you about that before you register. So you are able to budget your monthly study costs.

Courier Fees

The courier fees are included in your course fees. No waiting on the Post Office. You don’t spend weeks waiting on your next package with study materials. On average we deliver in a week or less.


All your Tutorial Services

We have a dedicated team of tutors and administrators to help you with each and every query you might have on your course.


Online Study Group with Together We Pass

Skills Academy students get free access to the Together We Pass (TWP) online study groups. The study groups are facilitated by your own Skills Academy lecturers and tutors. This is where you get the best help with your studies! And when YOU have the answer, you can even help your classmates!


Limitless access to your Lecturers and Tutors (in Office Hours)

Together We Pass, in association with Skills Academy, offers free online study groups for all of their students.  That means that within two days of signing up you will be registered in your online study group and you can start engaging with your classmates and your lecturers.

This is key to the Skills Academy strategy of high contact, supported learning so all students are encouraged to use the study groups as much as possible.

Students should also remember that these study groups are facilitated by their own Skills Academy lecturers, which means they can answer any question you might have.  We hope you find the study groups useful in your studies!


What is NOT Included in your Course Fee?

  • Writing materials
  • Envelopes to send assignments to us

In fact, you can upload your assignments here through our Learner Portal, and cut out the price of envelopes out as well!


How Will My Study Material Look?

Once you have successfully enrolled with us, we will send you a package within the first 1-2 working days. In this package, you will receive a Skills Academy Welcome Pack as well as the first set of study material for the Child Psychology Certificate Course. Look at the image below to see what you can expect from us.

Child Day Care Certificate


Our Tutors Will Make Sure You Pass!

Here at Skills Academy, we want to make sure you pass on your first try. That’s why we have a team of smart and helpful tutors that will assist you every step of the way. You can call them during the day for any assistance or Whatsapp them in a group if you need a quick answer to a tough question.



1. Introduction to Business English

2. Communicating with Children

3. Learning Psychology

4. Child Development

5. First Aid Concepts


1. Introduction to Business English

  • Introduction to communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Business writing
  • Speaking, listening and reading skills
  • Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Work readiness


2. Communicating with Children

  • Module 1 – Helping children deal with their feelings:
    • Understand the importance of attentive listening skills to help children feel accepted
    • Recognise the importance of acknowledging feelings with a word
    • Define and be able to practise the process of giving feelings a name
    • Understand the concept of giving a child his or her wishes in fantasy
  • Module 2 – Engaging cooperation:
    • Describe what you see, or describe the problem
    • Give information that will encourage your child to cooperate
    • Explain what you mean with a word
    • Describe what you feel
    • Know when to write a note to communicate with your child
  • Module 3 – Alternatives to punishment:
    • Point out a way to your child to be helpful
    • Express strong disapproval without breaking down character
    • State your expectations
    • Show your child how to make amends
    • Offer a choice
    • Take action
    • Allow your child to experience the consequences of misbehaviour
    • Be able to solve problems with a list
  • Module 4 – Engaging autonomy:
    • Let children make choices
    • Show respect for a child’s struggle. Not ask too many questions
    • Not rush to answer questions
    • Encourage children to use sources outside the home. Not take away hope from a child
  • Module 5 – Praise:
    • Describe what you see in order to praise your child
    • Describe what you feel when you give praise
    • Sum up your child’s praiseworthy behaviour with a word
  • Module 6 – Freeing children from playing roles:
    • Look for opportunities to show your child a new picture of himself or herself
    • Put children in situations where they can see themselves differently
    • Let children overhear you talk positively about them
    • Model the behaviour you would like to see in your child
    • Be a storehouse for your child’s special moments
    • When your child behaves according to the old label, state your feelings and/or your expectations
  • Module 7 – Practical advice


3. Learning Psychology

  • Approaches to Early Learning:
    • Learning psychology
    • Social, moral and cognitive development
    • Individual differences and disabilities
    • Learning and cognition
    • Behavioural perspective
    • Cognitive perspective
    • Social cognitive perspective
    • Constructivist approach
    • Motivation
  • Conditions for effective learning:
    • The learning process
    • Contemporary perspectives on effective learning process
    • Factors that contribute to individual differences in performance as an output of learning
  • Brain-Based Learning:
    • Effects of brain damage
    • Substances influencing brain activity
    • Understanding perception
    • Perception effects on learning
    • Areas of visual perception
    • Areas of auditory perception
    • Perception and reality
  • Personality and Temperament Traits:
    • Classic child development temperament traits
    • Humanistic theories
    • Personality
    • Jung’s theory
    • Five-factor model
    • Locus of control
    • Motives
    • Openness to experience
    • Conscientiousness
    • Extraversion
    • Agreeableness
    • Neuroticism
  • Self-Awareness and its Effect on Learning:
    • Self-concept and its nature
    • Self-esteem and its influence on learning
    • Self-esteem, grades and relationships
    • Ways to enhance self awareness
    • Strategies for self-motivation
    • Developing direction


4. Child Development

  • Growth and development:
    • The difference between growth and development
    • Ages and stages of development
    • Factors affecting growth and development
    • Self-image as a factor affecting early childhood development
    • Promoting self-esteem among children and teens
    • The whole child
    • Domains of development in the context of the whole child
  • Learning in the Early Years:
    • The development of the brain and how it impacts on learning
    • How the senses and the feedback of movement develop early learning
    • The roles of walking, talking and pretending in developing early learning
    • The importance of people in early stimulation
    • Definition of play in the early years
    • Categories of children’s play
    • The social stages of play
    • Types of play in the domain of development
    • Principles involved in making and selecting play products
    • The use of play products and play props
    • How technology stimulates early learning
    • Examples of how children in the different categories of early childhood use technology to learn
    • Definition of perception
    • Categories of perception
    • Example of how children in the different categories of early childhood use perceptual abilities to learn
    • Definition of learning styles
    • The types of learning stimulated by different learning styles in the various stages of early childhood
  • Inclusion and Special Needs:
    • Inclusion and Special Needs
    • The definition of inclusion
    • Barriers to inclusion
    • Special needs within the context of inclusive practice
    • Learners with barriers to learning and development – how their different needs can be met
    • Common problems found in early childhood
    • The importance of early identification
    • The importance of identifying children who are gifted
    • Guidelines for teaching gifted and talented children
    • Organisations that can assist parents and caregivers
  • Diversity in Early Childhood:
    • The meaning of diversity in the context of inclusive practice
    • Plan, draft and administer a questionnaire to share ideas on how people feel about living in a diverse society
    • How culture, socio-economic conditions, HIV/AIDS and gender affects early childhood development learning
    • The importance of an anti-bias approach in early childhood


5. First Aid Concepts

  • The medical-legal implications and principles of First Aid
  • Elementary human anatomical structures
  • Appropriate First Aid procedures



Skills Academy will require you to complete the recommended assignments. The assignments are designed to help you through your learning to make sure that you completely understand all the topics covered and that you can apply this to your working environment. There are absolutely no exams for this course.


This course is a Provider Programme. It is not Accredited.
Provider Programmes are quality assured and certified by the provider, that means by Skills Academy. They are not registered on the NQF, do not carry any national credits; and do not lead to a National Qualification.
Provider Programmes exist to help develop your skills. They are usually short courses, and professional career development courses. If you need to learn skills that you can apply in your work fast, then often a provider programme or short course is the fastest way to get there.


You will be awarded a Skills Academy Proficiency Course Certificate in Child Psychology.

As Skills Academy values education and cares about our students, your completion award will be

sent to you via courier so that you receive it as soon as possible and without any delays.

Certificate Example

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Last Updated: October 14, 2019

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