Module Title:Working with Families and Communities
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures to disseminate knowledge, practices and current thinking in the area ofworking with families and communities 2.Small and large group discussion and debate to support the development of analytical and trans-formative and multi perspective thinking 3. E learning to facilitate students to engage with material at a range of times to suit their learning needs and schedules 4 self directed independent learning - to enable students build on their own autonomy, self assessment skills and competencies.
Module Aim: The aims of this module are • To provide students with an understanding of the diversity & challenges on contemporary parenting. • To enable students to respond to the ECEC needs of families and communities. • To assist students develop a understanding of the community context of family
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Conceptualise ECEC as a community service
LO2 Involve parents as partners in ECEC
LO3 Examine the dynamics involved in contemporary parenting
LO4 Evaluate the impact of family context on outcomes for children
LO5 Create opportunities for families to be supported in Early Years Services / Family Support Services
LO6 The Aistear Siolta Practice Guide and its application to current best practice principles for working with families and comminities
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aistear (principle 5) & Siolta (Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 16)
Principles of community work Community expectations of Aistear (principle 5) & Siolta (Standard 16) Transition to school (Siolta standard 13)
Parents as partners in learning Why work with parents? Respectful relations Increasing involvement – the PEAL approach
Identity change Constructing Motherhood & Fatherhood Parenting: styles & nature Developmentally sensitive parenting – impact of family life cycle Attachment parenting in infancy & childhood Divorce and separation Impact on children and parenting Family and Marriage in Ireland. Changing demographic patterns.
Contemporary context of parent – family structure & social issues Developing childhood resilience, Werner’s model of resilience, Daniel et. al. model of resilience. The nature, extent, implications for parents and children and models of intervention for the following: Bereavement and Loss Parental Difficulties: Mental illness Families living with addiction – include Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Drug Dependent Babies Family Violence
Centre based support for parents Springboard – a model of family support Family competency – building on strengths Home Visiting Play in the community – National Play Strategy
Students will examine how Irish social policy influences changing family formations and practices in family and personal life
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other CA 1,2,3,4,5,6 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 End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.00 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