Module Title:Early Childhood Education
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lecture Role Play Case Study Directed Reading Supervised Professional Practice-based Learning Self-directed learning Blended Learning
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the history of and current practice in early childhood education and to enable learners to construct their early childhood education and care practice framework..
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the history and development of early childhood education in Ireland
LO2 Explain the importanceof play in the pedagogy of early childhood education
LO3 Describe how babies learn about themselves and their environment
LO4 Identify the impact of equality and diverse practice on children and their families in early years settings
LO5 Identify the factors that provide the foundation for curious, literate and numerate practice
LO6 Explain the importance of the active child in early childhood education
LO7 Describe and descuss the role of the adult (parent & EC practitioner) in supporting learning
LO8 Relate play and learning to practice in early childhood settings
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: History of Early Childhood Education
Historical Figures in ECE Contemporary Figures in ECE
Topic: Overview of Early Childhood Education in Ireland
1815 – 1998 1998 – Present (to include Introduction to The Pre-School Regulations (2006), Siolta: The Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) The rise of the Professional Practitioner in ECEC Roles and Responsibilities
Topic: Introduction to Learning and Play
How Children Learn The Role of the Adult Theories of Play Playful Pedagogy The Practice of Play
Topic: The Education and Care of Babies (Birth – 18 months)
Play and Babies Playful Language The Practice of Play with Babies
Topic: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Becoming a Diverse Sensitive Practitioner
Identity, Belonging and Learning Anti- Bias Curriculum Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in ECEC in Ireland Intro to ‘Identity & Belonging’ - Aistear
Topic: An Introduction to Supporting Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy Development
Introduction to ‘Communicating’ & ‘Exploring and Thinking’ Aistear The Hundred Languages of Children Making sense of the world through symbol use
Topic: Understanding Young Children’s Behaviour
Theoretical explanations of behaviour Guiding behaviour, Feeling, thinking, doing Emotional literacy: Adults and Children
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Assignment 1 1,5,6,7 20.00 n/a
Other Assignment 2 2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Total Hours 101.50