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Child Development (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer price: €264.00
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Child Development (5N1764).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.

 

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 Child Development module is one of the mandatory modules required for obtaining the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.

On successful completion of this module learners will be equipped with knowledge, skill and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development and learning within Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings.

This module will cover the holistic development of the child including physical, emotional, social and moral, cognitive, language, spiritual, creative and cultural development. Theories of child development and learning will be explored and influences on the development of the child will be considered. Methods of supporting child development will be outlined and observations to monitor the development of the child will be outlined.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain an internationally recognised Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

Course Details

 

Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Holistic Development
  • Unit 2: Theories of Child Development and Learning
  • Unit 3: Influencing Factors
  • Unit 4: Supporting Child Development
  • Unit 5: Observations. 

 

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 4 Certificate, or Leaving Cert, equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.
  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted or emailed to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».

 

Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.

 

Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Learners can use this credit towards completing the major award in Early Childhood Care and Education – 5M2009.

 

Work Placements:

If students are not able to secure a Work Placement or provide Insurance for the duration required please contact us to discuss further as we may be able to assist students with placements and work place insurance in certain circumstances. 

The Open College is also registered with the Garda vetting Unit and is in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service. There may be a delay in processing applications with the Garda Vetting Unit due to high demand so we advise you to complete the form on registration.

 

Assessment:

Collection of Work 40%
Assignment 30%
Examination 30%

 

Collection of Work

The collection will include five child observations. Each observation will address one of the five areas of development: physical; social; emotional; language; cognitive. Each of the following age ranges will be represented in at least one observation:

  • 0-1 years
  • 1-3 years
  • 3-6 years

Candidates will be required to present written documentation in support of each observation.

 

Assignment

The internal assessor will devise a brief that requires the candidate to produce an integrated study of one child. The candidate will present a snapshot of the physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive aspects of the child’s development at a particular point in time. Each candidate will submit a proposal of the study to the internal assessor/supervisor outlining background reading, links to theory and the proposed means of gathering information about the child.

A number of observations of the child will be submitted as part of the study. The observations will incorporate aspects of physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development for the child. They will be accompanied by background details and a brief evaluation for each observation.

The candidate will develop an overall evaluation of the observations and integrate this with their own learning and experience. Aspects of similarity and difference across the observations will be outlined.
The candidate will also demonstrate an awareness of the following issues:

  • objectivity
  • individual variation
  • influence of the environment on the child
  • influence of the observer on the child
  • limitations of normative measurement
  • importance of research sensitivity.

 

Examination

The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assesses the candidate’s ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a range of question types, short answer and structured. These questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally.
The examination will be based on the full range of specific learning outcomes, and will is 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.

The format of the examination will be as follows:

Section A
12 short answer questions
Candidates are required to answer 10 (2 marks each)

Section B
3 structured questions
Candidates are required to answer 2 (20 marks each).

 

Grading:

Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 100%

 

 

Accreditation

  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Child Development (5N1764).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Child Development 5N1764 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.