Module Title:Leading Contemporary and Quality Practice
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 enable the learner to be fully conversant with recent and current initiatives in Early Childhood Education and Care practice and research and is ready to for employment or relevant further study
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critique current practice in early childhood educaton and care to emerging critical discourses.
LO2 Critique the roles and responsibility necessary for quality leadership
LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the application of Siolta in an Early Years Setting and reflect on its effectiveness.
LO4 Reflective on the role of the leader in supporting the learning of the children, parents and practitioners
LO5 Demonstrate knowledge of current regulatory and inspection procedures as they apply to early years settings.
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: Contemporary Practice
Emerging discourses in early childhood education and care Current practice in Ireland and beyond.
Topic: Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care
Siolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
Topic: Leadership in Early Childhood Services
Leadership; principles & practice Leadership; roles and responsibilities Building a team The role of the Leader is supporting learning Leadership and parental involvement. New directions in Leadership and Early Years Services Leadership and mentoring Leadership and reflective practice Leading Curriculum Development
Regulatory and Inspection Procedures
The Universal Pre-school Year The Pre-school Regulations The National Standards for Early Years Services The Standardised Inspection Tool for Early Years Services The Standard Operating Procedures for Early Years Services The Early Years Education focussed Inspection (As the inspection and regulatory framework is subject to change - it is expected that the students are enabled to explore relevant requirements and procudres in preparation for employment in the sector.)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Assessment 1 1 40.00 n/a
Case Studies Assessment 2 2,3,4,5 60.00 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 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