Module Title:Outdoor & Afterschool Education and Care
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
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 enable learners to appreciate the role of outdoor and afterschool education in children’s learning and to link it to practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse the role of outdoor and afterschool education for children.
LO2 Discuss the role of national policy in supporting play and outdoor learning
LO3 Plan and evaluate a series of activities that might be provided for children attending an outdoor or afterschool setting
LO4 Critically analyse the practice of Forest Schooling.
LO5 Examine the role of reflective practise for practitioners.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: Principles & History of Outdoor Learning
Learning Ethos and Principles Environment Parents/Guardians
Topic: Outdoor education in Ireland
The Right to Play The National Play Policy Out-of-school play spaces in Ireland: Hospitals, Playgrounds, The Outdoors, Organisations that support informal learning outdoors (Girlguides, Scouting)
Topic: Forest Schools
The ethos of Forest Schools The Practice Of Forest Schooling The Development of Forest Schools in Ireland
Topic: Planning and practicing play in after school settings
Ethos Health & Safety Environment & resources Staffing Activities Encouraging positive behaviour Developing Policies and Procedures
Topic: Outdoor Education and Reflective Practice
The role of the practitioner Risk and outdoor education Quality and outdoor education and afterschool practice Being an advocate for outdoor education
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Essay 1,2 30.00 n/a
Portfolio Portfolio 3,5 70.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.83
Total Hours 56.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Total Hours 0.75