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Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE & Montessori)

NFQ Level
Course Duration
1 Year
Start/End Date
19/10/20 - 06/10/21
Day & Time
Mon & Wed + 8 Sats.
18.30 - 21.30
Delivery
Hybrid Learning
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Course Fees
Full Fee €2600
Special Rate €2262
Full fee €2,600. A discount of 13% applies if booked before the 1st October which give you a total fee of €2,262.00 inclusive. See Flexible Payment Terms

Why take this course?

A high level of quality care and education is essential to support children’s learning and development. The early year’s educator has a very important role in the provision of this quality care and education.

This Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE with Montessori) Course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to produce a rich learning environment and to work as a highly competent professional in the field of early year’s education as a Montessori Teacher or in a Childcare facility with children whose age range is between 3 – 6 years.

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What will You Experience?

You will be inspired to promote a stimulating and safe care environment for the children under your care as you develop in your role as a Professional Childcare Practitioner.

You will gain the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a childcare practitioner that will enable you to work effectively and with confidence as a Montessori Teacher.

Programme Modules

Child Development

This module will provide you with the knowledge, skill, and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development when working autonomously and with others in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings.

At the end of this module learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development theories and their usefulness in ECCE.
  • Appreciate a range of innate and external factors which affect the holistic development of the child.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to work effectively and efficiently in an ECCE setting.
  • Demonstrate the importance of observation and evaluation in the ECCE setting.
  • Understand child development from 0-6 years and the skills required in the ECCE setting.
  • Recognise the capabilities and potential of each child across all domains of development.
  • Promote best practice, equality, and respect for diversity in an ECCE setting.

Assessment Methods

Project: 60%Examination Theory: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies

This module will  quip you with the knowledge, skill and competence in the social and legislative environment of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), to enable you to devise, implement and evaluate policies and procedures that support the health and wellbeing of children.

At the end of the Module the learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of social policy and legislation with regard to an ECCE setting.
  • Demonstrate best practice, equality, respect, diversity, and inclusiveness in the ECCE setting.
  • Explore and evaluate how certain social issues impact on the child’s health and well being.
  • Evaluate the policies and procedures that safeguard children and staff in an ECCE setting.
  • Identify and assess national and international guidelines and social policies.
  • Develop skills to meet the needs of children, parents, colleagues and other role players.
  • Reflect on their personal attitudes with regard to bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • Personally reflect on their learning needs with regard to the social, legal and health framework for ECCE settings.

Assessment Methods

Project: 60%Assignment: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Work Experience

The purpose of this module is to equip you with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks autonomously and/or in a supervisory capacity.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Understanding how the principles and methodologies of ECCE are practised in an ECCE environment.
  • Reflect and critically evaluate their personal and professional qualities in relation to working in ECCE.
  • Understand the importance of observing young children in relation to their development.
  • Understand the importance of good communication skills in the ECCE workplace.
  • Review career choices in light of workplace experiences.
  • Appreciate the importance of safety and welfare in the ECCE workplace.

Assessment Method

Skills Demonstration: 40%Portfolio / Collection of Work: 60%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Communication

This module will equip you with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in a comprehensive range of everyday tasks and in work-related tasks independently and/or in a supervisory capacity.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competency to communicate effectively in the workplace/ECCE setting.
  • Understanding of current issues in communications/information technology relevant to an ECCE setting.
  • Display improved listening, writing, research, and oral skills as well as reading techniques in both a personal and professional capacity.
  • Acknowledge the impact of non-verbal communication in daily activities.
  • Understand current communication issues, trends, and challenges relevant to ECCE settings.
  • Understand changes in legislation, government intervention, and globalization.
  • Enhance professional skills through formal/informal working group activities, discussions, presentations, team activities.
  • Exhibit qualities necessary for working and learning in ECCE.
  • Be responsible for learning and working independently.

 Assessment Methods

Skills Demonstration: 50%Portfolio / Collection of Work: 50%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy

Gain the knowledge, skill, and competence to support early childhood literacy and numeracy in a specific Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) learning environment.

At the end of this module learners will be able to:

  • Identify ECCE theories, concepts and principles relating to the learning of Literacy/Numeracy.
  • Acquire skills in the use and presentation of the Literacy, numeracy materials.
  • Understanding of the characteristics and rational of the Literacy/Numeracy materials.
  • Initiate a child into the Literacy/Numeracy exercises.
  • Develop original materials to meet the needs and interests of children.
  • Understand the rational behind the use of the literacy/numeracy curriculum materials.
  • Plan for the continuity of learning experiences re children in the 3-6 years age range.
  • Acknowledgment of best practice and professional behavior at all times.
  • Appreciate the significant features in relation to the teacher, the child, and the environment.

Assessment Method

Skills Demonstration: 60%Assignment: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Early Childhood Arts and Culture

Gain the knowledge, skill, and competence to support early childhood learning through creative Arts and Culture to enable the child to make sense of and express his or her world in both a visual and tangible manner, in a specific Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Enable the child to understand and express their world in both a visual and physical manner, in a specific ECCE setting.
  • Understand the characteristics of the arts and culture teaching materials.
  • Recognise the benefits of the arts and culture exercises to the young child.
  • Plan for a young child to continue learning in the areas of arts and culture.
  • Access a range of appropriate resources, to support the creative and cultural development of the young child in the ECCE setting.
  • Engage in personal and professional development and learning.

Assessment Methods

Skills Demonstration: 60%Project: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Early Learning Environment

Gain the knowledge, skill and competence to prepare and maintain an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) environment that supports the learning and holistic development of children.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Understand the rationale and philosophy for introducing early learning.
  • Understand the materials and developmental exercises in the childcare setting.
  • Appreciate the steps that must be taken in the preparation of the childcare setting to facilitate learning.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to guide the child whilst working with learning materials.
  • Develop an understanding of the criteria by which self-teaching materials are evaluated.
  • Understand the difference between sensorial impressions and sensorial education.
  • Appreciate the interdependence of planning, implementation, and evaluation of programmes.
  • Plan for the continuity of learning experiences i.e. the child in the 3-6 years age range in an ECCE setting.
  • Develop skills that will help to appraise ones-self and one's colleagues in meeting the needs of children in a childcare setting.

Assessment Methods

Skills Demonstration: 60%Portfolio / Collection of Work: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Early Childhood Curriculum

Gain the knowledge, skill, and competence in the social and legislative environment of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), that will enable you to devise, implement and evaluate policies and procedures that support the health and well-being of children.

At the end of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Appraise various early childhood programme modules, approaches, theorists and curriculum implementation
  • Plan and implement indoor and outdoor curriculums
  • Be aware of strategies to facilitate learning
  • Value current legislation and national practices and policies
  • Promote Aistear within an ECCE setting consistent with legislation and best practice.
  • Understand how adults affect a child's learning, development and well being
  • Review personal learning goals, development, challenges and ways to overcome challenges

Assessment Methods

Skills Demonstration: 60%Project: 40%

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE & Montessori)

Hybrid Learning  

Hybrid Learning combines face-to-face instruction with live online learning.   In the context of the coronavirus school re-openings, a hybrid model reduces the number of students in the building, by moving some of the course delivery online.

You will be in a bubble:
Hybrid Learning September 2020

Dorset College continues to adhere to the government’s guidelines on protective measures required to be in place in order to combat the COVID-19.  These protective measures mean that our classes will now be delivered through a Hybrid model as outlined above.

Entry Requirements

The requirements are:

    • An interest in working with young Children.
    • Relevant life/work experience.
    • Junior/Leaving Certificate or relevant QQI/FET Qualification.

Mandatory: Learners undertake 100 hours of work experience during the course – this is required in order to satisfy the requirements of the QQI/FET work experience module.

Protection of enrolled Learners

  • Dorset College has arrangements in place to ensure the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) in the event of a cessation of programmes by the college.

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
A combination of module appropriate assessment methods will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes on the course.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstrations.

Award
FET/QQI  Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 NFQ (Major Award)
Credit Value: 120

NOTE: A learner will only achieve their award once all components are completed including the 100 hour work experience.

Manual Handling Certificate

Final Grading: (Individual Modules)

Pass 50%- 64% / Merit 65%-79% / Distinction 80%-100%

Career & Progression

You will be inspired to promote a stimulating and safe care environment for the children under your care, in your role as a Professional Childcare Practitioner.  

Graduates can expect to find employment as early years practitioners and pre-school educators responsible for working directly with young children in a variety of Childcare settings; Examples include:

  • A Montessori Teacher
  • An Early Years Educator
  • A Play Assistant in Hospital
  • A Crèche/Preschool Supervisor

Progression
Graduates of this ECCE Level 6 Major Award who are working in a Childcare facility may be eligible to progress on to Degree Programmes at Level 7 & 8.

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a deposit of €350.00 applies and the remainder paid in 4 instalments.  You have the flexibility of using our online payment facility to manage your course payments at any time, from the comfort of your own home.  Pay Online

The Total Cost is €2600.00 with a discount of 13% applies if booked before the 1st October which gives you a total of €2,262.00 inclusive.

Payment Plan for Part-Time Early childhood Care & Education (inc. Exam Fees €125)

Easy Payment Plan

Deposit of €350.00 Secures your place on the course
1st Instalment €47819/10/20
2nd Instalment €47819/11/20
3rd Instalment €47819/01/21
4th Instalment €47819/02/21

 

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