West Clare VTOS

Early Childhood Care & Education Award

The aim of this Major Award is to give the user the confidence, ability and skills to work independently and under supervision in a range of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings and or to progress to higher education and training.

Job Opportunities

  • In-Creche Childcare
  • In-Home Childcare
  • Pre-School Assistant

Info Please note that modules marked with R are required for this Award, while those marked O are options.

This level 5 course examines the early years of a child's life and their importance for his/her health and development. Child development relates to the holistic development of the child. The aim of this course is to understand how this physical, linguistic, cognitive, social and emotional development can be observed to paint a picture of each step of this development.

This level 5 module deals with the legislation and rights of both child and childcare professional. It explores the rights of the child in the context of an ECCE setting and also the methods of communicating effectively with children and their parents and/or guardians.

This Module supports the learner to outline the stages, pattern and purposes of Children's play. Through the identification of range theories of play in the context of children’s education, it describes the different approaches to curriculum development and implementation in the ECCE setting.

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to provide for the health and well-being of children, and maintain healthy, hygienic and safe practices and environments in a range of early childhood care and education.

This award aims to allow the learner to gain practical experience in a work environment. This placement is prepared for by the learner by exploring the employment area; their own goals and their skill-set. A plan and comprehensive learner diary are prepared during the placement and a supervisors report containing feedback is completed by the employer.

After the placement a reflection and personal critique is written allowing the learner to prepare for future employment and/or training opportunities.

Communications is mandatory for all level 5 awards. It is very important to have good communication skills in order to enable a person to work effectively in the workplace.

Communications is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behaviour. It is the meaningful exchange of information between two or a group of people.

Level 5 learners will be required to build a collection of work/portfolio which consists of written work and skills demonstrations including a one to one interview, an oral presentation and group discussion.

This QQI Level 5 module gives you a solid grounding in the area of psychology. Learners will cover all the great theorists, including Freud, Pavlov and Skinner and will be encouraged to apply these theories through an interesting range of projects and assignments. Learners can explore the principles of psychology and gain a broad understanding of human behaviour including a study in the area of addiction and depression.

Occupational First Aid is a QQI level 5 subject. Run over three days, this is a must for any learner who hopes to go into Childcare or Community Care. The certification is valid for two years and covers basic first aid techniques such as the treatment of burns cuts and scalds; wound dressing and more advanced techniques such as use of an AED and CPR.

Creative arts for early childhood, level 5, provides learners with a knowledge , skills and competence to devise creative art activities which are age and stage appropriate to ensure that each child's learning , development and well being is facilitated through the provision of creative opportunities.

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills and competence to work effectively with, under direction with young children with additional needs. The learner will understand the context of special needs, associated issues and approaches used.