The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Early Childhood Care and Education Practice to enable the learner to work under direction with children, their families and colleagues within early childhood care and education settings (ECCE).
The Benefits to Learners of this Valuable Qualification
- Be familiar with historical development of the ECCE sector in Ireland, the relevant legislation and policies pertaining to a quality ECCE environment.
- Understand the importance of self-awareness, personal reflection and reflective practice in relation to working in an ECCE setting.
- Comprehend the importance of effective communication with families, children and colleagues and effective teamwork in an ECCE setting.
- Become familiar with the policies and practices relating to the Rights of the Child and promoting equality and diversity in an ECCE setting.
- Develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to Early Childhood Care and Education through the medium of the indicative content.
- To enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.
The requirements for entry to the Early Childhood Education and Practice Level 5 Minor Award are, Junior/Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent qualifications or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Certificate and/or relevant life and work experiences.
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The course will provide learners with the knowledge, skill and competence, both theoretical and practical to:
- Explain the historical development of the ECCE sector in Ireland.
- Outline relevant legislation, policies, practices and procedures pertaining to ECCE provision.
- Explain the importance of self awareness and effective interpersonal skills in an ECCE setting.
- Explain the rights of the child in the context of an ECCE setting.
- Communicate effectively with children, families and colleagues.
- Implement practices and activities to promote equality and value diversity in an ECCE setting.
- Implement administration and operational procedures in an ECCE setting to include daily logs, routines and record keeping.
- Participate effectively in team work in an ECCE setting.
- Implement care and education routines with children in the ECCE setting.
- Maintain a quality ECCE environment that complies with relevant regulations and standards.
- Reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses when working with children, families and team members.
The assessment process includes a combination of module appropriate assessment procedures which will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include continuous assessment processes such as:
Assessment Format: Assignment 60% / Learner Record 40%
Assignment – An assignment is usually carried out over an extended period of time and the assignment brief will require candidates to show:
- An understanding and application of concepts.
- A selection of relevant research techniques and sources of information.
- An ability to analyse, evaluate, draw conclusions and make recommendations
Learner Record – This course is assessed through completion of a number of activities and completion of a personal Learner Record which records your experience of supervision in a childcare context. This will cover planning of initiatives, making decisions, in addition to demonstrating your supervision and organisational skills. All work submitted must be your own work.
Grading: Pass 50% – 64% / Merit 65% – 79%/ Distinction 80% – 100%
FETAC/QQI “ Early Childhood Education and Practice Level 5 Minor award
Awarded by – (QQI) Quality & Qualifications Ireland
On successful completion of this Early Childhood Education and Practice course, the participant will have achieved one of eight modules which lead to a Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5
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