Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies (QQI Level 6)

295.00 or 148.00 / month for 2 months

  • Award Achieved: QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies (6N1945).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Course Fee: Special Offer price: Only – €295.00 or
  • Easy Payments: Only €148 per month over 2 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. First payment is taken upon enrolment and second / final payment a month later.
  • 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.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay!
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.

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Course Description


Learners who successfully complete this Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies course will:

Be equipped with knowledge, skill and competence in relation to factors which influence the health and well being of children, child protection issues, the legislative and policy frameworks which influence the childcare sector, equality and diversity guidelines, key skills required of the childcare worker and personal reflection strategies. These will enable the learner to devise, implement and evaluate policies and procedures that support the health and wellbeing of children in the provision and delivery of service in an ECCE setting.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited 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 Social & Legal issues in Childcare at Level 6.
  • Students who wish to understand the social policy and legislation relevant to early childhood education and care settings, children and their families and the skills necessary for dealing with child protection issues.


Course Details


Topics covered include:


Factors which influence children’s health and well being including

  • family structure
  • community
  • culture
  • education
  • health
  • social services
  • social status
  • international perspectives
  • theorists such as Maria Montessori, John Locke, Charles Darwin, Jean Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Froebel
  • domestic factors.


Child protection

  • Measures to safeguard the child, for example security arrangements, safety procedures and organisation outings
  • Child abuse (types of abuse, disclosure of abuse, short, medium and long term actions).


Legislation and Policy

  • Irish Government and Childcare (e.g. units within the OMCYA and the Dept of Education and Science)
  • Government initiatives (e.g. National Children’s Strategy, National Childminding Initiative and Guidelines)
  • HSE and Childcare (e.g. Pre-school Inspection Services, Child Minder Advisory Service)
  • Social Policy (e.g. Government Social Policy such as the ECCE scheme, Aistear and Siolta)
  • Irish Legal System
  • Legislation impacting directly on the ECCE setting such as Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998, Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006, Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 and Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003
  • Family Law such as Child Care Act 1991, Children Act 2001, Guardianship of Infants Act 1964, Status of Children Act 1987, Adoption Act 1988, Domestic Violence Act 1996 and the Child Care Amendment Act 2007
  • Influence of the EU
  • National Guidelines.


Equality and Diversity issues

  • Influencing legislations including The Employment Equality Act 1988, The Equal Status Act 2000, The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 The Equality Act 2004 and The Disability Act 2005
  • Equality Authority and Office of the Director of Equality Investigations
  • Personal Values
  • Anti Bias
  • Equality proofing and Diversity.


Key Skills

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication including verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Disseminating information
  • Confidentiality
  • Teamwork
  • Professional Contacts.


Personal Reflection

  • Four C’s of reflection
  • Personal experiences
  • Theoretical learning
  • Strengths and areas for development
  • Improving Personal Effectiveness including up skilling, continuous professional development, regular reviews and feedback and networking.


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.

  • 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 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – 6M2007.



Project: 60%
Assignment (2): 40%



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies (6N1945).
  • 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 Social, Legal and Health Studies – 6N1945 (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.