College of Management and IT (CMIT)Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies QQI

Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies QQI

on request
8 weeks
Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details

The aim of this course is to enable learners to build the skills, knowledge and competence in child development. The programme will ensure that learners are: (1) proficient in understanding and assesing the range of social and legal factors which impact on ECCE setting, (2) aware of legal and regulatory guidelines – Ensure that early childhood settings adhere to best practice, (3) understand equality issues and ensure that ECCE settings are bias free, (4) ensure an ECCE setting is fully compliant with best practice and laws, and (5) develop specific procedures [including child protection] to ensure full compliance.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.


Topics Covered in this Course

Unit 1: Overview of the sector

Overview of the childcare profession
The rights of a child
Government initiatives and childcare support agencies
Strategies for establishing and maintaining relationships

Unit 2: Social policy and legislation

Social policy in Ireland
Childcare regulations
Other relevant legislation
Privacy and data protection
Health and Safety at work
Impact of the EU on Irish social policy

Unit 3: Child protection

‘Children First’
Child protection policies and procedures
Working together

Unit 4: Equality in childcare

Equality and diversity – legislative framework
Creating an anti-bias environment
Equality proofing
Common diversity issues

Who should complete this course?

Childcare workers, Childcare supervisors and Childcare managers.

People who wish to gain an accredited qualification and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

A Leaving cert or Level 5 certificate or equivalent.

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

Applicants must currently be working in a childcare setting, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.

A basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course.


This course is assessed through completion of a project and an assignment.

As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.

Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

This course leads to a Level 6 component award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Students who successfully complete this programme may use this level 6 component certificate as credit towards the following QQI Major Award: Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007). For more details contact us.


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


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