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New programme to support preterm children’s development now available

Posted on: January 28th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning programme designed to support the development and learning of children born preterm is now available on Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare Hub.
Children born preterm (before 37 weeks of gestation) are at increased risk of a range of cognitive, social, emotional and learning difficulties, compared with children born at term. These difficulties may persist throughout childhood and adolescence and can have a negative impact on children’s attainment at school.

The Preterm Birth elearning resource is designed to improve education professionals’ knowledge of the long term consequences of preterm birth on children’s development and to improve their competence in supporting preterm children’s learning.

The resource, funded by Action Medical Research, will also be of interest to health and social care professionals involved in the care of children and young people born preterm.

The programme, which takes approximately 1 hour to complete, comprises the latest evidence-based information to help learners develop their understanding of:

  • what preterm birth is
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s cognitive, motor and social-emotional development
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s attainment at school
  • how professionals can support children born preterm.

For more information and to access the elearning programme, visit the Preterm Birth elearning resource via the elearning for healthcare Hub.

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies