Reflective learning at your pace

Grounded in an understanding of the needs of children and young people, KCA Online (our e-learning platform) is a key part of our connected learning approach.

'The overall finding of the meta-analysis is that online learning (combination of studies of purely online and of blended learning) on average produces stronger student learning outcomes than learning solely through face-to-face instruction.'

Means, Toyama, Murphy, Bakia (2013) The effectiveness of online and blended learning: A meta-analysis of the empirical literature

The online courses aim to develop knowledge, skills and reflection not by taking people out of their workplace, but rather by sending them to explore their workplace and their work relationships as part of an ongoing learning journey.

Activities and exercises require learners to:

  • 'stop and think'
  • 'go and do'
  • record their discoveries in their online journal

With the facility for the journal to be shared with a designated learning mentor as a space for online reflective discussion, this makes for superb work-based learning, promoting practical application and professional conversations.

Although the learning is guided online, with input from experts, in reality people are learning from and alongside their managers, colleagues and service users.

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'So relevant to some of the pupils at our school, this has given me a greater understanding of how they behave and why and how I can help and support them, plenty of reassurance and trust building practices.'

Learner accessing 'Attachment and Brain Development' e-learning, March 2020

Courses for anyone working within public service

Who is it for?

Vocational level


Workers in education, health, justice, social care, voluntary sector and community organisations

Level 3

Suitable for anyone directly working with vulnerable or traumatised people

Community Resilience and Lifelong Brain Development: Five to Thrive as a model, an approach and a framework for promoting connected relationships

Community Resilience and Toxic Stress: Working with trauma across the lifespan

Community Resilience and Secondary Trauma: Maintaining wellbeing in the public service workforce

Community Resilience and Connected Relationships: Building compassionate communities

Courses for anyone in services for children and families

Who is it for?

Vocational level


Applicants for fostering and adoption, school support work, family support work, youth justice support work and so on

Level 2

Suitable for anyone preparing to move into living or working with vulnerable or traumatised children or families

Introduction to Attachment and Brain Development

Introduction to Child Development

Introduction to Child Protection

Introduction to Communicating with Children and Young People

Introduction to Promoting Secure Attachment: Brain development and positive parenting

Introduction to Understanding Trauma

Workers in early help, early years, education, health, justice, social care, voluntary sector and community organisations

Level 3

Suitable for anyone directly working with vulnerable or traumatised children and young people and their families

More than forty courses are available for this workforce

Leaders, managers or supervisors in services for children and families

Level 4

Suitable for anyone with strategic or management responsibility

More than ten courses are available for this workforce

Courses for Early Years SENCOs

Early Years practitioners or Early Years managers

Level 3

Suitable for anyone who is, or wishes to prepare to be, a SENCO in an early years setting

1. EY Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the EY SENCO

2. EY Understanding how to support colleagues to develop their SEND practice

3 .EY Early identification: Special educational needs and disabilities in the early years

4. EY Liaising with professionals or agencies beyond the setting

In addition to the standard KCA certification at the end of each e-learning course, the awarding body SFJ Awards offers two Certificates of Completion in relation to this professional development, one for courses one and two and the second for courses three and four. Please contact KCA if you are interested in Awarding Body certification for this course as an extra benefit for learners or settings.

Course list

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'The course has been really engaging and has made me look at emotion coaching not just in work but also in my life outside.'

Learner accessing 'Emotion Coaching' e-learning, January 2020