QQI Level 6
Early Childcare & Education with Montessori Course
6M2007

QQI Level 6 Early Childcare & Education

Mandatory Modules:
  • Child Development (6N1942)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944)
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies (6N1945)
  • Work Experience (6N1947)
  • Communications (6N1950)
Electives (Learners must complete 3)
  • Early Childhood Arts & Culture (6N1936)
  • Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935)
  • Early Learning Environment (6N1933)

Why Choose Chevron?

  • Ireland’s most competitively priced online Childcare courses
  • 100% online course, no attendance
  • No registration or exam fees
  • Easy-pay instalments (6 x €199)
  • Easy payment option available for all learners
  • Access our online course within 1 hour of signing-up
  • Individual modules are also available from €295
  • Learners will receive a Early Childhood Care and Education QQI Award (Major) Level 6 – further education and training certificate in Childcare after completing all 8 modules
  • Garda vetting service is available
  • How to enrol

  • How to enrol

     Enrolment & payment are completed over the phone, you can give us a call at 01 6855 300 (24/7) or you can request a call back at a time that suits you!

How Distance Learning Works:

Chevron Training’s QQI Level 6 Early Childcare & Education Major Award course can be completed through our distance learning with online support delivery method.

Each learner is issued with an email consisting of a username and password to access the course materials so they can complete the course at their convenience. It approximately takes 30-40 hours to complete each module online.

For any difficulties which may arise during the QQI Level 6 Early Childcare & Education course you can call one of our highly qualified trainers who will assist you with any concerns relating to the course content and in addition to this you will also be assigned an online tutor who will answer all queries you may have in relation to the course. The online forums offer additional support to our learners as our trainers will answer all the questions which are posted on the forum.

Students must complete a work placement of 150 hours during the course.

Programme Profile

The purpose of the QQI Level 6 Early Childcare & Education Major Award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work as an autonomous practitioner and or take responsibility for the work of others in leading and coordinating the provision of a quality early childhood care and education environment which promotes children’s well-being, development and learning. This award will provide learners with opportunities to transfer and progress to programmes leading to higher education and training awards.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Level 5 Certificate/ Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate / relevant life or work experience. Competence in written and spoken English essential.

Who Should Attend?

The programme will cater for a variety of adult learners with a minimum Level 5 Certificate/ Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education. Many learners will previously have completed a Level 5 award in Childcare and may have experience in working in ECCE settings but this will not be mandatory. The participants will range from school leavers with no previous experience in the ECCE sector to more mature adults with relevant life or work experience. Younger participants will tend to complete the programme by the full-time method. Some mature adults will be seeking new career opportunities or be working in the home but many will be already working in the sector and either already be in supervisory positions or aspire to such positions. These will tend to opt for the part-time learning route to achieving the award. The programme will be open to both male and female learners although male participants will be in the minority. It will also attract learners from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Qualifications

 Early Childhood Care and Education QQI Award (Major) Level 6 – 6M2007

Assessment Method

Continuous assessment including work-based assignments, projects, skills demonstrations and learner records. One exam is required for the Child Development module.

Work Experiencelevel 6 early childcare & education course

Learners are required to obtain a minimum of 150 hours work experience during the course and are expected to carry out some of the assignments in the workplace.

Exemptions

It is possible to gain exemptions from certain components of the course. If you already hold a QQI, or any Childcare/Healthcare Award, please contact us for details and will advise you of available exemptions.

Career Opportunities

Childcare Practitioner-Supervisor Level; Progression to 3rd Level education.

Progression to Further Studies

• This programme leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications

• Students who successfully complete this programme can use their credits towards completing a third level degree programme through the higher education links scheme

 Protection for Learners

In compliance with Section 43 of the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999, where Chevron Training and Recruitment Ltd. offers training programmes of 3 months duration or more, Learner Protection cover is in place via financial arrangement, should Chevron Training & Recruitment Ltd cease to provide QQI programmes before learners have completed awards.

Course Content

Child Development (6N1942)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Child Development (6N1942) award is to equip the learner 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.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on child development theories and their application on ECCE practice
  • Explore the effects of a range of genetic, social, cultural and environmental factors on the holistic development of the child
  • Research a range of theoretical perspectives in the field of behaviour management in support of the holistic development of the child
  • Select from a range of specialised skills to meet the needs of parents, children, colleagues and other stakeholders in an ECCE setting in the context of legislation and national practice guidelines
  • Describe the contribution of the practitioner/parent/guardian to the development and learning of children in the home and in the ECCE setting
  • Organise a variety of detailed observations in support of programme planning for individual and groups of children using a range of tools
  • Evaluate personal and team practice in meeting child development needs in an ECCE setting
  • Identify personal learning goals and assist others in identifying learning and personal development goals

 Assessment Method: 

  • Project 60%
  • Examination – Theory 40%

Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944) award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required to develop and implement a broad-based curriculum in an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on the contributions of a range of early childhood educational theorists to pedagogical practice
  • Assess a range of early childhood programme models and approaches and their implementation
  • Evaluate the role of the adult in supporting children’s learning and development
  • Select from a range of strategies to facilitate assessment for learning
  • Promote learning contexts which support children’s well-being, identities and belonging consistent with relevant legislation and national practice guidelines
  • Lead curriculum implementation in a variety of situations both indoor and outdoor
  • Evaluate personal and professional learning and that of others linking curriculum theory to practice and assessment
  • Reflect on own attitudes, values and beliefs and their impact on the learning environment

Assessment Method:

  • Project 40%
  • Skills Demonstration 60%

Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies (6N1945)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies (6N1945) award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the social and legislative environment of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), to enable the leaner to devise, implement and evaluate policies and procedures that support the health and well being of children in the provision and delivery of service, when working autonomously in an ECCE setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate a range of factors influencing and impacting on children’s health and well being to include family structure, community, culture, education, health, social services and social status
  • Evaluate child protection guidelines in relation to the protection of children and staff
  • Assess statutory regulations and national practice guidelines, which relate directly to and impact on early childhood care and education settings
  • Utilise a comprehensive range of specialised skills in meeting the needs of parents, children, colleagues and other stakeholders in an ECCE setting in the context of relevant legislation and national practice guidelines
  • Examine national and international social policy and how it impacts on the well being of children and families
  • Devise a range of policies and procedures relevant to ECCE settings, ensuring adherence to legislation and national practice guidelines
  • Implement procedures for dealing with specific child protection issues
  • Evaluate the relevance of policies and procedures which safeguard children within ECCE settings
  • Critically reflect on how personal, cultural identity, attitudes and values can potentially impact on bias, discrimination and prejudice within ECCE settings
  • Identify personal learning needs and assist others in identifying learning goals within the context of the social, legal and health framework for ECCE settings

 Assessment Method:

  • Project 50%
  • Assignments (2) 50%

Work Experience (6N1947)

 Purpose:

 The purpose of the Work Experience (6N1947) award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work in a range of organisations or vocational contexts and to engage in vocationally-related tasks independently and or in a supervisory capacity.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the characteristics of the organisation or workplace, to include its status whether public, private, voluntary or other, size, organisational structure, mission and values, the workplace culture and management practices
  • Assess internal and external issues, challenges and trends affecting the workplace, to include as appropriate, local, national, global, team-based and cultural issues, and a personal response to the issues or challenges identified
  • Research the specific legislation and regulations relevant to the place of work and vocational context; including rights and responsibilities in relation to, health, safety and welfare at work, equality, employment and specific work and or vocational practices
  • Evaluate the organisations internal and external policies and procedures ensuring appropriateness to current legislation and regulations
  • Execute a range of vocationally specific tasks and activities during a minimum 2 month work practice placement
  • Apply effective communication skills in communicating with colleagues, staff and external individuals or groups as required working autonomously or in a supervisory capacity
  • Allocate resources to analyse and solve routine and non-routine problems arising in the workplace
  • Show judgement and initiative while working autonomously and or in a supervisory capacity, taking responsibility for own work and the work of others and allocating resources as required
  • Contribute positively to the achievement of objectives and or targets in the workplace working autonomously and or with responsibility for the work of others
  • Execute work practice duties and responsibilities in a professional manner ensuring respect and safety of colleagues and staff
  • Reflect on personal and professional work practices, to include feedback from senior staff or mentors and colleagues or team workers on individual performance, achievements, strengths and challenges
  • Review at own learning and progress and that of others within the workplace or team, to include identification of personal and professional skills, abilities and strengths, areas for development and opportunities for learning and career development within the vocational field

 Assessment Method:

  •  Learner Record 50%
  • Skills Demonstration 30%
  • Assignment 20%

Communications (6N1950)

Purpose: 

The purpose of the Communications (6N1950) award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work in a range of organisations or vocational contexts and to engage in vocationally-related tasks independently and or in a supervisory capacity.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Critique current issues in communications and information technology, to include digital and mobile technology, the internet, and the policies and principles relevant to a vocational area
  • Evaluate in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation, and the responsibilities that apply when working in a supervisory capacity
  • Assess the impact of non-verbal communication and of the physical environment in everyday human interaction
  • Construct non-verbal and visual messages, aids, images and environments that promote interpersonal communication, to include presentation aids, handouts, physical arrangement of meeting rooms
  • Utilise listening skills in a variety of roles and contexts, to include note-taking, receiving messages, taking minutes, reporting, summarising, paraphrasing
  • Participate in formal and informal working groups, to include leading or facilitating, note-taking, summarising discussion, agreeing outcomes and action points
  • Use reading techniques to include skimming, scanning, reading for detail, for overview and analysing on a range of written material, including media texts, official documents, business communications, literary texts and technical and or vocational material
  • Use drafting, editing and proofreading skills and the correct conventions of language usage including spelling, punctuation and syntax to produce formal written communications relevant to a particular vocational area, to include reports, correspondence, faxes, memos, minutes
  • Use research skills to investigate relevant topics, to include use of effective study skills, research methodologies and enquiry techniques
  • Demonstrate vocal and interactive skills in personal and professional contexts, including an oral presentation, discussion, debate, meeting, interview and or job seeking skills and for the purposes of persuading, informing, advocating, regulating
  • Work independently and or in a supervisory capacity, displaying qualities such as assertiveness, self-confidence, tact, diplomacy, empathy and patience

Assessment Method:

  •  Collection of Work 50%
  • Skills Demonstration 50%

Early Childhood Arts & Culture (6N1936)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Early Childhood Arts & Culture (6N1936) award is to equip the learner with 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the concepts, theories and principles underpinning the effective teaching and learning of creative arts and culture in a specific ECCE setting
  • Assess how arts and culture enhance the development of perceptual, physical, linguistic and socio emotional skills in early childhood
  • Provide artistic and cultural experiences that support the holistic development of the child
  • Guide children to use their own values and artistic skills to explore, think about and communicate with their environment
  • Assess a range of resources to support children’s creative and cultural development
  • Use appropriate space and materials to plan arts and culture based experiences that engage children in a supportive way
  • Lead appropriate observations to evaluate the child’s artistic and cultural development
  • Appraise own range of specialised skills and those of colleagues in meeting the creative and cultural needs of the child in the ECCE setting
  • Identify own learning needs at a personal and professional level and assist others in identifying learning needs
  • Manage tasks within the parameters of professional conduct including relations with parents, guardians, children and colleagues

Assessment Method:

  • Collection of Work 60%
  • Project 40%

Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935) award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to support early childhood literacy and numeracy in a specific Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the concepts, theories and principles underpinning the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy in a specific ECCE setting
  • Evaluate the main theoretical approaches and models that explain language and number acquisition in a specific ECCE learning context
  • Devise lesson plans to enrich literacy and numeracy
  • Guide children to practice their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes
  • Assess a range of resources to support children’s language and number acquisition
  • Assess how the environment promotes development of concept formation and abstract logical reasoning
  • Organise a variety of observations to evaluate the learning of language and number in an ECCE setting
  • Appraise own range of specialised skills and those of colleagues in meeting the literacy and numeracy needs of the child in an ECCE setting
  • Evaluate own learning needs at a personal and professional level and assist others in identifying learning needs
  • Manage tasks within the parameters of professional conduct including relations with parents, guardians, children and colleagues

Assessment Method:

  • Portfolio of Research 70%
  • Practical Examinations 30%

Early Learning Environment (6N1933)

Purpose:

The purpose of the Early Learning Envirnment (6N1933) award is to equip the learner with 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the range and nature of environmental influences that impact on the holistic development of children
  • Consider the relevance of theoretical and conceptual perspectives in explaining the influence of the learning environment and children’s holistic development
  • Evaluate the role of movement in children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development
  • Prepare learning opportunities for children in order to develop independence and responsibility
  • Provide opportunities for children to develop their logical thinking, concept formation and creativity
  • Prepare and maintain an environment where children’s senses are developed and stimulated
  • Select and apply appropriate routines that help children to feel valued, respected, empowered, cared for and included
  • Manage meaningful activities that are suited to children’s individual needs and connect with their experiences and interests in the natural environment
  • Identify own learning needs at a personal and professional level and assist others in identifying learning needs
  • Perform tasks within the parameters of professional conduct including relations with parents, guardians, babies, young children and colleagues

Assessment Method:

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

 
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