The Connected Baby Series. Motorways & the brain: The processes of neural development

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Course Overview

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Give a basic account of the processes of brain development
  • Distinguish the major periods in brain development
  • Understand why relationships are so important in shaping neural pathways, especially during the early years of life
  • Identify the role that hormones play in creating emotional experiences
  • Explain why the information in this module is valuable for a range of societal sectors
  • Reflect on applications of this knowledge in the context of your role

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Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered in this course include:

Welcome and introduction

How brains develop: Development after conception

  • Introduction
  • When do brains develop most rapidly?
  • How do humans compare developmentally with other mammals?
  • Why do brains develop after birth?
  • What does brain development look like?
  • Motorways in the brain
  • Brains develop after birth
  • The effects of neglect
  • The importance of relationships for brain development
  • Challenge
  • A road network in your head?
  • Emotional landscapes
  • How the transport network in the brain changes throughout life
  • Early years 0-3
  • Primary age
  • Adolescence
  • Oxytocin
  • Case study
  • Challenge

How brains develop: The effect of hormones

  • Introduction
  • The interplay of hormones on the brain
  • The interplay of hormones on the brain development
  • Holly is showing signs of distress
  • Cortisol
  • Oxytocin
  • Case study
  • Challenge

How brains develop: Evolutionary history of brains

  • Introduction
  • The Limbic System
  • The brain and tantrums

Why do the early years matter? Can I as a practitioner improve the way I work?

  • Story so far…
  • A false start in life can lead to…
  • The agencies involved
  • Social care sector
  • Education sector
  • Child care sector
  • Health sector
  • Employment sector
  • Political system
  • Society as a whole
  • How can you make a difference?
  • Practical tips
  • Challenge



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.



On completion of this course you will be able download a Virtual College certificate.



This course should take approximately 1.5 – 2.5 hours to complete. However, the length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, there are no time limits.


Target Audience

This course is aimed at all professionals working in the early years sector, including nursery staff, child minders, early years teachers and foster carers. It will also be helpful to those who make decisions about children in their early years, including social workers and legal professionals.


Early Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.