Module Title:Supervised Professional Practice 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through Supervised Professional Practice Workshops and small group work. These will provide a space for discussion and peer-learning before, during and after learners' professional practice placements. A cross-modular teaching approach will encourage learners to integrate their learning from different modules and develop multidisciplinary perspectives. The key theme underpinning all teaching and learning strategies will be the application of theory to practice and the examination of how professional practice can inform theoretical understandings.
Module Aim: The aims of this module are: (I) To facilitate and support learners in their professional practice placement in the field of early childhood education and care. (ii) To encourage learners to apply their theoretical knowledge to their professional practice placement experiences, and to examine how their professional practice placement experiences can inform their understanding of various theoretical perspectives. (iii) To facilitate learners to become confident, critical and self-reflective practitioners.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Communicate effectively with babies, toddlers, young children and adults.
LO2 Actively engage babies, toddlers and young children in learning appropriate to the context of early childhood.
LO3 Promote and help maintain an organized, clean, safe, inclusive and culturally sensitive environment in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations.
LO4 Provide verbal and written accounts of professional practice with babies, toddlers and young children, underpinned by contrasting theoretical perspectives.
LO5 Take a critical and self-reflective approach to their own professional practice and be able to highlight personal strengths as well as areas in need of further learning and development.
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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Incompatible Modules
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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
Workshop participation and discussion
Workshops to provide a space for discussion and peer-learning before, during and after supervised professional practice placement.
Communication (theories, methods and approaches) with babies, toddlers, young children and parents. Critical reflection on professional practice experiences.
Design, generate and facilitate activities appropriate to the context of early childhood and critically reflect on their application in professional practice contexts.
Policies and Practices
Undertake personal reflections on the learner's role in promoting a range of policies and practices in early childhood education and care contexts (national policies, policies and practices promoting inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice, policies for health promotion/prevention of ill health).
Reflective Practitioner Cycle
The reflective practitioner: theory to practice, practice to theory and the reflection-action-reflection cycle.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Mandatory workshop based participation and discussion. Applying theory to practice and examining how practice can inform theoretical understandings. Relating this knowledge directly to professional practice contexts and learner experiences. 5 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Learners will submit a portfolio consisting of 7 activities/critical reflections, based on the learning outcomes, carried out at regular intervals during their supervised professional practice placement. 1,2,3,4 90.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 15.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 5.33
Total Hours 610.00