Early Childhood Education and Play: QQI Level 5

Children Playing At Sunset by Shawn Nystrand @Flickr
Children Playing At Sunset by Shawn Nystrand @Flickr

Now enrolling for classes Online.

Online, 18:30-21:30, from Thursday 1 October for 10 weeks. €165* (€123 conc.)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill 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.

Tutor Profile:

Ann Daly has a BA in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy from Play Therapy Ireland and NUIG, a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills from Play Therapy Ireland and NUIG, and a Certificate in Lego Based Therapy from Cambridge University. Ann is owner/manager of Sunvalley Montessori School, a practicing play therapist, a member of Play Therapy Ireland, and a member of St. Nicholas Montessori Teacher Society.

Course Requirements

Course Costs

Course costs already include QQI certification.

Online Classes

Now enrolling for Online classes.

Study online with live video-conferencing on Google Meet, email tutor support, free Google Docs and Microsoft Office Online, and your study notes and course materials online on Moodle. How do online classes work?
Scheduled socially-distanced assessments at Mallow College of Further Education, Fermoy FET Centre, or Charleville FET Centre (formerly Mannix College).
Nights: Thursday
Times: 18:30 to 21:30
Duration: 10 Weeks
Starting: Thursday, 1 October 2020

Price: €175.00, *€165.00 with online discount, €122.50 for Social Welfare, €122.50 for Old Age Pension recipients, €105.00 for current and just graduated Mallow College day students. (Course costs already include QQI certification.)

Information Night: Registration Facebook Event.
Enrolment: Enrol online here before Tuesday, 15 September 2020.


QQI 5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play, Level 5 (part of 5M2009)

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the types, stages patterns and purposes of children’s play.
  • 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).
  • Evaluate the role of the adult in children’s play.
  • Explore a child lead approach to meeting the play and educational requirements of children.
  • Describe different approaches to curriculum development and implementation in the ECCE setting.
  • Assess the value of equipment, materials, play spaces, both indoors and outdoor in the ECCE setting.
  • Use a range of reading and storytelling techniques appropriate to different stages of children’s development and cultural background.
  • Select relevant play activities and materials appropriate to children’s interest and stage of development and cultural background.
  • Official QQI specifications and assessment breakdown: QQI 5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play, Level 5

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