Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 QQI/FETAC Level 5
Early Childhood courses aim to develop in our Learners the highest level of professional competence as childcare workers, establishing in them a wide knowledge and a deep understanding of educational practices in conjunction with the principles set down by Síolta: (the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education) and Aistear: (the Framework for Early Learning.)
To meet the needs of an expanding ECCE sector we aim to provide a solid, integrated, unified approach to the delivery of ECCE training. KCFE childcare courses have been developed to meet the needs of adults responsible for children and we provide excellent tuition in modern childcare.
Kilmuckridge Centre of Further Education offers a Childcare Programme leading to a QQI (FETAC) Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 QQI/FETAC Level 5 which is a Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Learners will be able to:
Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge relating to Childcare and to the health and well-being of children in a variety of Childcare settings.
Demonstrate knowledge of a range of theories, practice guidelines and legal requirements pertaining to the Childcare sector.
Evaluate and use information to plan, develop and implement appropriate Childcare strategies in a variety of Childcare settings whilst working under specific direction and supervision within a support capacity.
Apply knowledge and skills within a range of varied and specific Childcare contexts in accordance with accepted guidelines and practice and legal requirements.
Take responsibility for own learning in a structured context.
Reflect on personal practice to inform self understanding and personal development.
To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards
of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of the
National Framework of Qualifications.
This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.
Achievement of this award will enable the learner to progress to other appropriate programmes leading to awards at the next or higher levels of the National Framework of Qualifications.Learners who successfully complete this award may progress to a range of different awards.
This KCFE course prepares students to work with young children. It is ideal for both school-leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal qualification. Successful students enjoy excellent employment prospects.
Childcare is now part of Irish society and there has been growing interest in quality childcare at local, national, European and international level.
The quality of staff entering the childcare profession is critical to the establishment of standards that we can be comfortable with. The Childcare Act (1991) laid the foundations for childcare as it has developed in Ireland.
The Act made the Health Services Executive responsible for monitoring the standards of care in nurseries, crèches and pre-school groups. In 1997 Regulations published under the Act provided that two ‘competent adults’ must be present in a room with no more than 20 children.
“An Ireland where children are respected as young citizens with a valued contribution to make and a voice of their own, where all children are cherished and supported by family and the wider society; where they enjoy a fulfilling childhood and realise their potential” (National Children’s Strategy, 2000)
Professional childcare practitioners should have an understanding of child development and learning principles along with the ability to create safe and caring learning environments. A well trained practitioner will have a good understanding of curricular principles and practices and recognise the importance of informal learning through play.
In addition to these skills the childcare practitioner should have skills in administration and record keeping along with the ability to work with and actively involve parents and guardians in practice.
These hallmarks of quality identified by the Forum on Early Childhood Education 2 are mirrored in our training programmes through quality work experience, quality training and expert teaching in child development and professional practice.
“A competent adult is a person who has appropriate experience in caring for children under six years of age and/or has an appropriate qualification in childcare and is a suitable person to care for children.”
Professional childcare practitioners should have an understanding of child development and learning principles along with the ability to create safe and caring learning environments.
The grading of the QQI/FETAC award is as follows:
Pass - 50-64% Merit - 65-79% Distinction - 80-100%
The grade achieved will be determined by the grades achieved on the components
The total credit value required for this certificate is 120.
Single Component: €200 Three Components: €500
All participants are required to be Garda Vetted and take part in suitable work experience during the programme.
It is the responsibility of the learners to secure an appropriate work experience placement.
Please note: KCFE can NOT insure candidates while attending work experience.
All training is delivered in a friendly and comfortable training centre with experienced and dedicated tutors focusing on ensuring each trainee is given every opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in order to excel in their childcare role.
To view more information in relation to the specific learning outcomes of this award please see the full Award descriptor which is available on the FETAC website.
To find out if any of the above components are currently scheduled please visit our Course Scheduled page.