Childhood Development (QQI Level 6)

295.00 or 148.00 / month for 2 months

  • On this online QQI Level 6 Child Development course 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.
  • What QQI award do I receive? On successful completion of this module you will gain a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Child Development (6N1942).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • How is it delivered? Online Learning with flexible part-time study from your own home.
  • How long is the Course? Students are given ample time (8 weeks) to complete the course and can start it at any time of the year.
  • What does it cost? The full course fee is €295 and includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other enrolment fees to pay!
  • There is also an Easy Payment option of – €148 per month over 2 months with our unrivaled Easy Payment Plans. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer
  • Study from Home – No classes to attend.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.


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Course Description


Aims and Objectives:

On this QQI Level 6 Child Development distance learning course 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.


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


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 Award or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.

  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.

  • Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the Childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week (minimum 30 hours over the full duration of the course), as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.

  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.

  • Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.

  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.

  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 

  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


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




  • 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.
  • All Registration & Certification Fees are included in the course price. No other fees to pay.

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Delivery Format


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 8 weeks 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.


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