Module Title:Caring for the Developing Child
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Presentations Case studies Review of research papers Co-operative learning
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with knowledge regarding the care of the developing child in partnership with parents.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Outline the role of materal/paternal pre-conceptual care
LO2 Describe the developmental progress of infants & children from pre-natal stage of development through to six years.
LO3 Evaluate needs of infants & children and outline how needs are met in a nuturing environment in partnership with parents.
LO4 Identify the role of nutrition for heath and development in children
LO5 Outline nutritional problems which may occur during early childhood years.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Children’s developmental progress
Maternal / paternal preconceptual care. Pre-natal course of development including heredity and environmental interactions related to child development. Prematurity. Birth and assessment & care of the newborn. Children detailed physical developmental progress (birth to 6yrs).Promote children’s development and well-being by planning and implementing appropriate and culturally sensitive learning environments (inside and outside). Child health surveillance national & international approaches. Identification of developmental disorders/ Interventions/ Effects on families.
Meeting the needs of infants & children in a nuturing environment.
INFANTS : Features of the new born baby , appearance and common neonatal problems. Needs of the newborn /baby. The importance of the quality of adult / baby interaction. Guidelines for personal care routines (home / education & care setting ) including sleeping, bathing & skincare , nappy care , clothing and foot wear. Care of the crying baby. Guidelines for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Care of the child who is teething & dental care. CHILDREN: Personal care routines for children (1-6yrs) Attainment of bladder and bowel control. General hygiene needs including care of skin and hair / education of child in partnership with parents - related to Aistear ( Well-being). Dental care . Requirements for rest and sleep in children.
Nutrition, Health and Development
Introduction to nutrients & food groups. Role of nutrition in holistic development. National healthy eating guidelines for conception, pregnancy, infancy and childhood. INFANTS: Best practices for infant feeding including breast feeding/ infant formula feeding & weaning guidelines. CHILDREN: Providing food and drinks for children. Policies for healthy eating in ECEC settings to include prevention of food borne diseases through the implementation of the HACCP guidelines for food handlers. Identification of potential problems eg food refusal, failure to thrive, iron deficiency anaemia, non- organic failure to thrive, childhood obesity. Planning a balanced meal for all age groups, - toddler, preschool , school going. Helping a child make healthy choices and demonstrate positive attitudes to nutrition.
Provision of special diets/ multi -cultural provision in ECEC settings
Children on exclusion diet. Childhood food allergies. Children with coeliac disease. Children with diabetes mellitus Children with a metabolic disorder. Children with lactose intolerance . Implication of culture/ religion on diet. Food, Culture and Identity. The socio-economic effects on dietary choices.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2 60.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50