Module Title:Early Childhood Education
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
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 Map the development of early childhood education and discuss the influence of historic and contemporary figures in ECEC
LO2 Discuss the adult's role in supporting early years education and development in an early childhood context
LO3 Identify the importance of an early years practitioner holding an inclusive approach to practice
LO4 Explain the processes involved in early years learning
LO5 Describe the role of the adult in understanding children's behaviour
LO6 Demonstrate a professional approach to constructing their professional practice framework
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: History of Early Childhood Education
Historical and Contemporary Figures in ECE and changing constructs of the child and childhood
Topic: Overview of Early Childhood Education in Ireland
Policy and Legislative Context. 17th Century to Present (to include the UNCRC, Introduction to The Pre-School Regulations (2006), Siolta: The Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) Better Outcomes: Brighter Future, The National Strategy on Including Children and Young people in Decision making, Children's First Act, and other key pieces of contemporary policies and laws as enacted. Accountable practice as an early years educator
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 Children's rights Anti- Bias Curriculum Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Early years in Ireland Intro to ‘Identity & Belonging’ - Aistear
Topic: An Introduction to child focused communication
Introduction to ‘Communicating’ & ‘Exploring and Thinking’ Aistear The Hundred Languages of Children Making sense of the world through symbol use, confidence and self esteem
Topic: Understanding Young Children’s Behaviour
Theoretical explanations of behaviour Guiding behaviour, Feeling, thinking, doing, promoting positive behaviour, and emotional regulation, 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 2,4 20.00 n/a
Other Assignment 2 1,6 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 1,2,3,5 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 2.33
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 0.33
Work - based Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 0.33
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Total Hours 190.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHECE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care 1 Mandatory
CW_HWECE_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care 1 Mandatory