This course, aimed at parents of any age and those considering becoming parents, looks at the essentials of parenting. It explains the responsibilities of the parent, discusses the importance of good health and nutrition, and considers the dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs. It also offers an introduction to common childhood illnesses, child development, and child safety.

Learning outcomes

  • You will be knowledgeable about how to keep children safe and healthy
  • You will understand their responsibilities with regard to smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs
  • You will be knowledgeable about what to expect from the children they are responsible for


Advantages of this course

  • This course offers information to both experienced parents and grandparents, and also to those experiencing it for the first time. Information about illnesses and health issues are included in this course – such as smoking, drinking, and drug usage that affects both adults and children; which are also areas where the advice changes regularly
  • It is important for anyone looking after children to be aware of the latest information about safe sleeping and how to spot signs of illness in a baby and young child which you will also cover in this course
  • You will also find out more about the UK government’s definitions of parental rights and responsibilities
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge