Childhood Development (QQI Level 6)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer price only: €274.00
  • Award: QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Child Development (6N1942).
  • 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

Aims and Objectives:

Learners will gain a full understanding of the different theories in child development. Candidates should be able to recognise the differences between these theories and identify where they contrast and complement each other. They will identify the practical implementation of these theories to everyday events in the ECCE.

Child development theory should impact on how a candidate interacts with children and approaches the child’s holistic development. An understanding of theory will also aid the candidate in the practical understanding and implementation of behaviour management techniques.

Throughout this course the candidate will grasp the importance of communication with the children they work with along with colleagues and other stakeholders in the ECCE setting. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of self-evaluation and on-going learning.

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. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Child Development at Level 6
  • Students who wish to understand child development from 0-6 years.
  • Students who are looking to complete the QQI advanced certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (Ref. 6M2007).


Course Details


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • Level 5 Certificate or equivalent.
  • Learners must currently be working (or on work experience) in the childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week, throughout the module, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.
  • 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 distance learning the course material will be posted to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Learners can use this credit towards completing the Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education – 6M2007.



Project 60%
Supervised Exam 40%



For this project learners are required to complete three sections:

1). Learning activities and observations of those activities – Learners are required to devise 4 learning activities which aid development in each area, Physical, Intellectual, Language, Social and Emotional.

Learners must carry out an observation of each learning activities.
The points below outline the information that will need to be included in each recorded observation:

For each observation you are required to devise a learning activity to aid the specific area of development (physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional).

  • You must give a detailed outline of each plan.
  • Clearly state the reason for each learning activity by linking to Child Development Theory.
  • Give an account of your observation of the learning activity.
  • Evaluate your own personal role within the learning activity and evaluate the role of other team members if they were involved.
  • Evaluate the children’s/child’s learning, did this learning activity aid development in the specific area as you had intended?
  • Analysis and recommendations, what changes would you make if you were required to carry out this task in the future.
  • Conclusion

2). Understanding of current legislation and national practice – In relation to current legislation and national practice:

  • Identify the needs of children in the child care environment. Outline the skills required to meet these needs.
  • Identify the needs of parents in relation to the childcare environment. Outline the skills required to meet these needs.
  • Identify the needs of colleagues and all those working in the early childcare setting. Outline the skills required to meet these needs.
    In relation to the above needs, suggest personal learning and development goals as well as team learning and development goals which will ensure these needs are being met.

3). Evaluation of skills – Give an overall evaluation of your personal practice with regard to meeting child development needs. Outline your skills encompassing the areas of:

  • Observation skills
  • Communication skills with
    – Child / children
    – Staff and other members of the childcare team
    – Parents
  • Understanding of current legislation
  • Understanding of child development theory
  • Suggest ways to improve your ability /knowledge in the above areas.



This will be a supervised examination which will assess the learners ability to recall, apply theory and show an understanding of the different concepts drawn from the module.


*Please Note: 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.




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Child Development (6N1942).
  • 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 Childhood Development – 6N1942 (QQI Level 6) course is completed through Distance Learning 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.