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Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773 QQI/FETAC Level 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to ensure that each child’s learning, development and well-being is facilitated through the provision of opportunities, experiences, activities, interaction, materials and equipment, having regard to the age and stage of development of the child and the child’s cultural context.


Who should apply:
Anyone interested in working with Children or in the Childcare environment.

Learners will be able to:

1 Outline the types, stages patterns and purposes of children's play

2 Describe a range of theories of play in the context of children's education to include Psychoanalytic theories (Freud, Winnicott)
   and Constructivist theories (Piaget, Vygotsky)

3 Evaluate the role of the adult in children's play

4 Explore a child lead approach to meeting the play and educational requirements of children

5 Describe different approaches to curriculum development and implementation in the ECCE setting

6 Assess the value of equipment, materials, play spaces, both indoors and outdoor in the ECCE setting

7 Use a range of reading and storytelling techniques appropriate to different stages of children's development and cultural background

8 Select relevant play activities and materials appropriate to children's interest and stage of development and cultural background

9 Implement appropriate curricula which promotes learning and the holistic development of the child

10 Reflect on own role and responsibilities when supporting children in their play.


Assessment Technique:     

Assignment  30%    Assignment  30%        Skills Demonstration  40%

The grading of the QQI/FETAC component is as follows:
Pass               50-64%                           Merit               65-79%                              Distinction     80-100%
G Training Centre, Gorey
Costing: €200 (including Administration Fee)          This price does not include QQI/FETAC Certification Fees
Duration: 10 - 12 weeks            Start Date: To be Confirmed


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.


Career Options:

Students obtaining certification in Childcare may progress to further studies at selected third level colleges under the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Other options include entering direct employment within the childcare profession as:

• Crèche/Nursery Worker

• Professional Child-minder

• Au Pair

• Pre-school Teacher

• Special Needs Assistant (SNA)

• Primary School Classroom Assistant

Playschool Assistant

Component Certification:
Following successful completion Kilmuckridge Centre of Further Education will offer a QQI/ FETAC Level 5 component in Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773 QQI/FETAC which is a Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Learner Progression
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773  QQI/FETAC is a component of Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 QQI/FETAC Level 5 Major Award.

Learners who successfully complete this component may use the associated credits towards this award and continue onto further education into Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007 QQI/FETAC Level 6
Additional Information
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 component please see the full Component Specification which is available on the QQI/FETAC website.
To find out if the above component is currently scheduled please visit our Course Scheduled page.
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