Module Title:Legal Issues for Early Childhood Education & Care
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give students a sound understanding of the Irish Legal System and of the provisions of Irish law which impact upon the care and education of children.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Thoroughly comprehend the main sources of Irish law and evaluate their respective importance and differentiate between the people working within our legal system and its structures.
LO2 Critically analyse the rights of children within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention of Human Rights & the Irish Constitution
LO3 Research & analyse the legal obligation of the Child and Family Agency to protect children in Ireland and apply this to Practical situations.
LO4 Assess the legal provisions applicable to employment in Ireland and apply their knowledge to practical scenarios.
LO5 Use analytical and problem solving skills gained to apply knowledge to case studies dealing with the law relating to child education and care.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the Irish Legal System (30%)
• Definition and Classification of law • Sources of Irish Law • Personnel in the Law • Common Law and precedent • Legislation – types and legislative process • Court Structure and Jurisdiction with particular emphasis on the courts administering family and child law • Introduction to the Irish Constitution
Guardianship, Custody & Protection of Children (40%)
• Parental Rights and Duties • The Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 • The Children and Family Relationship Act 2016 • Children First Act 2015 • Custody Agreements • Access • Custody Disputes between Parents • Custody Disputes between Parents and Outsiders • Safeguarding the Interests of Children - Roll of Tusla/Child and Family Agency • Evidence of Children • Voluntary Care • Removal of child to safety by member of Garda Siochana • Care Proceedings • Children in need of special care and protection including children with medical or • Children’s Residential Centres
Children’s Rights (15%)
• UN Convention on the Rights of the Child • ECHR • Irish Constitution - the family and the child & the right to education,
Introduction to Employment Law (15%)
• Contracts of employment – Formation and Terms • Duties of employer and employee. • Protective legislation (maternity leave, parental leave, etc) • Health & Safety Legislation • Employment Equality Legislation • Termination of employment contracts (including unfair dismissal and entitlements on redundancy) • Remedies for breach.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The students will be given a hypothetical legal scenario involving the care or protection of children and will be asked to independently research an area of the law relating to the problem and to offer the client a legal opinion or an in class examination or a Reflective piece of work 1,2,5 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 End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 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 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.83
Total Hours 100.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Total Hours 0.75