About the course

This course provides an understanding of the recent advances in neuroscience and how this has enabled us to review and re-think some of our approaches to behaviour.

The qualification comprises 11 modules.

The expected time commitment is about 6 hours per week across 13 weeks, which includes guided self-study and assignment production. However, students have 26 weeks from enrollment to completion.

There are no formal entry requirements, but students must have a good level of English, and experience of the Early Years is desirable.

Work or industry placement experience is not required. 



Who is this course suitable for

This course is ideal for those already working with young children, who want to enhance their skills around behaviour management, with evidence-backed principles based on how the brain develops in those crucial early years.

Course content

The course is split into the following 11 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Neuroscience
    • What is neuroscience
  • Module 2: Neuronal Physiology
    • Key structures and functions of a neuron
    • Synaptogenesis
    • Synaptic pruning
  • Module 3: Brain Anatomy and Development
    • Overview of the brain and the key structures
    • How the brain develops from inception through to birth and into the early years
  • Module 4: Sleep in Children
    • What is sleep and how much do we need
    • Sleep architecture
    • Why appropriate sleep is important in the developing child
  • Module 5: Social Cognition
    • What is social cognition
    • The mirror neuron system
    • How this develops
  • Module 6: Child Regulation
    • Understanding of self and co regulation
    • The five domains
  • Module 7: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
    • Learning difficulties and disabilities
    • How to help children with special needs to self-regulate
  • Module 8: Stressors
    • What is stress and it’s impact
  • Module 9: Adverse Childhood Experiences
    • What are the ten adverse childhood experiences
    • How to support children with ACEs
  • Module 10: Managing Behaviour
    • Review of the behaviourist approaches
    • Relational approach to behaviour
  • Module 11: Emotional Coaching – a Relational Approach
    • An introduction to emotion coaching
    • How to implement emotion coaching

Delivery Format

Self-paced online learning with trainer support

The course is an online format, allowing students to progress at their own pace. To see an example of the course content, follow the link to start the course and choose the free previews.

This format allows for flexibility, which is important to students who choose this accreditation alongside their existing role.

As well as the online content, the course team are on hand to support students on their journey through the course.

Course Duration

Students have 13 weeks to completed the course.

The expected number of guided learning hours is 78 hours.


Tuition fees for our Level 3 Neuroscience for the Early Years Practitioner are £294.

Spread the cost when you opt for our instalment plan – pay 6 monthly payments of only £49 per month, with zero interest added!

And if you pay the full fee up front, receive a £10 discount!


To obtain certification, the learner must fulfil 3 written tasks ranging from 500 to 1000 words each to achieve the learning outcomes. These tasks are submitted to an assessor for evaluation, who determines if the criteria have been met. In cases where the learner falls short of meeting the criteria, the assessor guides the additional work required to meet the standards.

Entry Requirements

Good level of English – equivalent to functional level 2 

Compatible device that can access the internet

Ability to capture written assignments in written format

  • this can be in the form of .docx, .pdf, or image files such as .jpg and .png

Course Lead – Kris Kasperkiewicz ANutr

Kris holds a first degree in cellular and molecular biology. Since graduating, he has pursued his interest in human health, fitness and wellbeing, and has recently extended his academic qualifications with a masters degree in human nutrition, and is now a recognised nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. He is currently exploring the linkage between nutrition and neuroscience.

Separately, his interest in health and fitness has led him to qualify as a cycle coach and personal trainer

He is passionate about helping educate people on following healthy lifestyles, including his ‘four pillars of health’ – nutrition, physical activity, mental wellbeing and sleep.

Luke Jeffrey

Course Tutor – Luke Jeffrey PGCE FSET FHEA

Luke is passionate about developing children in the early years setting. He is currently the deputy head of a nursery, and previously was a lecturer at Norland Nannies. He holds numerous relevant qualifications including a BTEC National Diploma Early Years, a bachelors degree in Education Studies and History and a masters degree in Education Studies.