A 10 module flexi-study online course including:
An innovative, non-punitive, research-based approach to caring for children with respect, in any professional setting.
Our social impact measurements reveal that since completing the Positive Discipline course:
of parents/carers feel their relationship with their child has improved
of parents/carers feel more confident dealing with a child's strong emotions
of parents/carers feel less anxious about parenting
“I think it’s a fantastic balance of reading/watching/thinking making it engaging and thought provoking. It really is a great course and I can see it being useful to many people – if only nurseries/childcare qualifications taught this. Years I spent training and there’s more valuable information in these few modules I’ve done than my NVQs.”
“I found the course extremely informative and very accessible. It’s packed with valuable information that is easy to digest and understand. It has really helped me reflect on my parenting and make changes that have been really beneficial to my family and my childminding business. I would highly recommend to any parent or childcare provider.”
What Will I Learn?
Module 1: An introduction to Positive Discipline
The first module encourages you to explore your own perception of ‘discipline’ – what does it mean to you? We will also look at your discipline techniques and how effective you feel they are, as well as defining what Positive Discipline is (and isn’t!)
Module 2: The impact of your discipline style
By the end of the second module, you’ll understand the relationship between Beliefs and Behaviours and complete a quiz to understand how they manifest in your own practice. You’ll also learn about Democratic, Autocratic, Permissive and Uninvolved parenting, enabling you to recognise these in practice both in yourself and others.
Module 3: Childhood brain development
Module 3 explores the left and right hemispheres of the brain and how these vary during a child’s development. You’ll learn how to recognise right and left-brain scenarios and positive tools to deal with them. You’ll also gain an understanding of ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ brain activity, and how to use this knowledge to increase childrens’ innate well-being, emotional intelligence and common sense.
Module 4: Setting boundaries with confidence
Module 4 explores best-practice for boundaries that are effective and feel safe for the child. You’ll learn to recognise firmness with kindness and without, and explore different scenarios involving threats and consequences.
Module 5: Tantrums & power struggles
Module 5 will give you the tools to help understand why tantrums and power struggles happen, and how to allow your child their experience without feeling it personally.
Module 6: Stress-free sleep times
Understand the phenomenon of the ‘forbidden sleep zone’ and how the homeostatic sleep drive and the circadian alerting system impact on your child’s ability to fall asleep. This module will equip you with proven tools to de-stress night-times for both you and your child.
Module 7: Praise & encouragement
This module takes an in-depth look at the cultures of praise and encouragement, the difference between the two and how they impact on you and your child. You’ll learn the key types of praise and encouragement, and the potential for improving your child’s learning and happiness index.
Module 8: Rewards & punishment
In the 8th module you’ll gain an understanding of the role of rewards and punishment, and examine your own perceptions of the ‘carrot and stick of discipline’ and how you might be using subtle punishments even when you think you’re not.
Module 9: Aggression & manners
At the end of this module, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the psychology behind a child’s impulsive aggressive behaviours, as well as your own reaction to them. Children hitting, biting and kicking can be one of the greatest challenges to a parent or carer – it can also be seen as an opportunity to show your child how to be calm, kind and firm in an emotional situation.
Module 10: Siblings & other children
Learn how comparisons, roles and labels can impact on your child, and how to maintain positive parenting practices when children are arguing with each other.
Q & A
What are the entry requirements for this course?
No pre-requisite, specific background, experience or qualifications are required. There only entry requirements are being at least 16 years of age with a willingness to jump in, pause to reflect, and enjoy!
Who is this course for exactly?
The course is designed for anyone caring for a child including family, childminders, nursery workers, healthcare practitioners, nannies, teachers and teaching assistants. Ofsted-registered childminders and nannies also receive a free listing on the new APUK web-based search directory on completion of the course.
Can the course help with my career?
Absolutely! The course is unique in the UK and shows you have niche skills transferrable to all aspects of work involving children, whether that is childminding, paediatrics, nursery care or in schools. It has been approved as a CPD course for Toddlercalm teachers and also shows your initiative and self-motivation to develop essential communication skills.
Do you send me any materials in the post?
The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your parenting style questionnaire and reflection questions.
How much study time is required?
It depends on how quickly you would like to complete your diploma. You can study for as many hours per week as your life allows. The guided learning hours to complete this course: 10 hours.
Glendon Farm Montessori
“The Positive Discipline course has had a hugely positive impact on the community around our nursery. It is accessible, relevant and engaging. It gives parents guidance and reassurance that their gentle methods are best for their child, as well as a real insight into the psychology behind children’s behaviour. Our whole nursery has fully embraced the approach.”
Rachel P Childminding
“I’ve worked with children for 6+ years having completed my level 3 childcare qualification and Early Childhood Studies degree. The course aligned with my views on children and the way I wanted to run my business. I have seen positive effects in parenting my own child and in working with other people’s children and I would recommend it to any childcare professional.”