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Understanding Child Development for 0-6 Children

This is a free resource for social workers, early year’s workers and parents. It is designed to ensure that social workers, those who work in early years and other professionals in child care have instant access to high quality information on child developmental norms relevant to the 0-6 year’s age group.
This free resource helps you to:

•Access information and pertinent video links in relation to child developmental milestones.
•Utilise theoretical frameworks, via succinct knowledge summaries, video links and hyperlinked references to enhance an understanding of child development and its relevance to practice.
•Draw on significant legislation and policy relevant to work with children and families in NI.
•Utilise and reflect on pertinent case studies which are based on realistic scenarios in practice.
•Critically reflect on social work / early year’s observational skills and knowledge.
•Make decisions based on evidence whilst on practice placement or within the work setting.
•Enhance your professional competence in relation to decision making, based on observations and assessment of child development.
•Understand the impact of child neglect on child development.

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council has been working in partnership with Skills for Care and Development, the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast to develop this new and innovative mobile application for Child Development. It is underpinned by the expertise of the two universities in Northern Ireland and the authorship and intellectual copyright belong to the Social Work Departments at Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster through both authors, Dr Anne Campbell and Professor Mary McColgan.

The need for such a responsive tool was identified by the Office of Social Services who have jointly funded its development along with the Skills for Care and Development (the sector skills Council for Social Care and Early Years).

The app presents a cost effective method of delivering peer reviewed educational material and for this reason, the development of the app has been warmly welcomed by employers across all sectors in child care service provision.

What’s New

Version 2.0

The 0-6 App has been updated in September 2018 with the assistance of content author Dr Anne Campbell, Queen’s University Belfast and colleagues within the Department for Health, Northern Ireland and Education Authority, Northern Ireland. This has included: fixing broken video links, amending references and the policy and legislation sections to bring these up to date. Content Management System has been added to the App to allow content updates going forward.

In 2017, the NISCC Apps won first place in the husITa Best Human Services App Award 201, beating off stiff competition from the USA and Australia. This award recognises the NISCC Apps as outstanding software applications that support husITa’s mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve humanity.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

donna.kelly.1 ,


Please update your apps

Scottyrico ,

Excellent guide to child development

Very useful guide, well categorised into age groups with corresponding videos.

SWStudentNI ,

Unable to use as iPhone says it needs updated by the developer

The developer needs to update this app to work with iOS11.


11 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
© Queen's University Belfast & University Of Ulster


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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