Child Psychology: Short Course Certificate

The Child Psychology: Short Course Certificate is the first level of our Child Psychology programme.

Here you can get a short introduction to this field that involves the mental world of children, the way they think, and the emotions that they experience.


Course Information:

CourseShort Course In Child Psychology
 Programme Type Provider Programme
 Award Type Skills Academy Short Course In Child Psychology
 Award Issued By Skills Academy
 Accredited By Not Applicable
 Course Duration 4 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 Short Course. Look at the image below to see what you can expect from us.


Child Day Care Certificate




1. Introduction to Business English

2. Communicating with Children

3. Learning Psychology

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 struggleNot ask too many questions
  • Not rush to answer questions
  • Encourage children to use sources outside the homeNot 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:
    1. The learning process
    2. Contemporary perspectives on effective learning process
    3. 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


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 Short 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.

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Last updated: October 14, 2019

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