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Level 2 Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years Award

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification provides an introduction to neuroscience in the early years – from birth to seven years. Self-regulation in the early years is a critical set of skills that help children to remain calm, attentive, and able to deal with powerful emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness. Children are not born with these skills; they develop them over time when they are supported to understand their feelings and actions by caring and responsive adults. 

This qualification covers key factors that may affect development in children, such as stress, adverse childhood experiences, and special educational needs and disabilities.

Course Content

This course is made up of two units. 

Understanding neuroscience in early years:

  • Neuroscience of early brain development 
  • Neurons and their main functions 
  • Synaptogenesis
  • How the social brain develops 

Understanding self-regulation and how to nurture this in children from birth to seven years:

  • The Limbic System 
  • Self-regulation 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and influences that can affect a child's ability to self-regulate 
  • Coregulation and its role 
  • Stresses which impact on children 
  • Adverse childhood experiences and how they influence long-term well-being and development 
  • The difference between predominant behaviours and alternative relational approaches and policies in behaviour management 

Entry Requirement

In order to complete this Distance Learning Course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 years olds you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • If you are 24+ there are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will find it helpful to have a good standard of English and maths


  • Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  
  • We recommended allowing a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per week to study this course in your own time.
  • You will be given submission dates for each unit to help you stay on track and complete within the allocated timeframe.  
This course is available via: 
  • Online assessments with online learning material

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: 

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 

Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Early Years Education and Care.

Other Distance Learning Level 2 Childcare courses include:

  • Understanding Distressed Behaviours in Children
  • Caring for Children & Young People
  • Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below and complete an application.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL133
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 26 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
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