Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Play – QQI Level 5


Course Aims and Opportunities
To equip the learner with the knowledge and skill to ensure that each child’s learning, development and well-being is facilitated through the provision of  experiences, activities, interaction, materials and equipment, having regard to the stage of development of the child and the child’s cultural context.

Course Outline

  • Types, stages, patterns and purposes of children’s play.
  • Theories of play e.g. psychoanalytic (Freud, Winnicott) and constructivist theories (Piaget, Vygotsky).
  • Evaluate the role of the adult in children’s play.
  • Explore a child lead approach to meeting play and educational needs.
  • Curriculum development and implementation in the ECCE setting.
  • Evaluate equipment, play materials, play spaces, indoor and outdoor.
  • Reading and storytelling techniques appropriate to different stages of children’s development and cultural background.
  • Play activities and materials appropriate to children’s interest and stage of development and cultural background.
  • Reflect on own role and responsibilities working with children.

Assignment (2) 60%, Learner Record 40%.

5 December, Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm – 10pm

Entry Requirements
QQI Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.




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