Course DFS1903 - Early Childhood Education and Play (QQI Level 5)
Duration 12 Weeks
Cost €265.00
Night Tuesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm


The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to ensure that each child's learning, development and well-being is facilitated through the provision of opportunities, experiences, activities, interaction, materials and equipment, having regard to the age and stage of development of the child and the child's cultural context.

This is a compulsory module for Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5. Class starts Tuesday 15th January 2019. 6.30pm - 9.30pm


Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to: 

  1. Outline the types, stages  patterns and purposes of children's play.
  2. Describe a range of  theories of play in the context of children's education to include Psychoanalytic theories (Freud, Winnicott) and Constructivist theories (Piaget, Vygotsky).
  3. Evaluate the role of the adult in children's play.
  4. Explore a child-led approach to meeting the play and educational requirements of children.
  5. Describe different approaches to curriculum development and implementation in the ECCE setting.
  6. Assess the value of equipment, materials, play spaces, both indoors and outdoor in the ECCE setting.
  7. Use a range of reading and storytelling techniques appropriate to different stages of children's development and cultural background.
  8. Select relevant play activities and materials appropriate to children's interest and stage of development and cultural background
  9. Implement appropriate curricula which promote learning and the holistic development of the child
  10. Reflect on own role and responsibilities when supporting children in their play.

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