Are you interested in beginning your career in Early Childhood Care and Education? Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education is an international qualification that will allow you to begin working in an early years setting. During this eight-month course, the content of the course focuses on caring for the needs of young children preparing you to work in a wide variety of settings. This course is delivered through blended learning which means that you will also have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement in an early years setting to complement your studies. Learners are required to complete a total of 50 hours of work experience. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable.
To meet the needs of an expanding ECCE sector Portobello Institute aims to provide a solid, integrated, unified approach to the delivery of ECCE training. Our Early Childhood courses aim to develop our Learners the highest level of professional competence as practitioners, establishing in them a wide knowledge and a deep understanding of educational practices in conjunction with the principles set down by Síolta: the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear: the Framework for Early Learning.
This qualification meets the minimum requirements set down by the DCYA for those seeking to work with children in an early years setting. You will be qualified to work with children from 0 – 6 within the broader childcare settings.
Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education.
During this course, you will study the development, learning and well-being of children and their identities in the field of ECCE. You will also develop the key skills needed to work in an early years setting. You will learn about child development theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.
The Modules you would be doing are:
Early Childhood Care and Education Practices
Early Childhood Education and Play
Child Health and Well-being
Creative Arts for Early Childhood
Equality and Diversity in Childhood
Work Experience (ECCE)
Many students are seeking a combination of being able to study at a time that suits them but with the support of a tutor and the learning from peers included. Blended learning suits this student perfectly as it is a combination of contact tuition and distance learning. Everything needed to complete the course is available on a web-based learning platform. At the commencement of each module within a course, there will be a tutorial workshop held. This allows students the opportunity to meet their tutors in person and their other classmates. A comprehensive overview of the content of the module, the learning outcomes and assessment requirements are covered during this workshop. A demonstration on how to use the web-based learning platform is given during the induction workshop. The course work is usually given on a week-to-week basis to support you to stay on track. Assessments are uploaded online, and in many cases, a draft of your assessment can be submitted for feedback by your tutor before you submit the final version. Blended Learning for many is the best of both worlds, it gives you the independence and freedom to study at a time suited to you whilst also offering you guidance from expert tutors and the support of a peer to peer network from your fellow classmates.
Portobello Institute’s ECCE level 5 course is delivered over 1 academic year. Course content is delivered online with supported workshops held on 8 Saturdays over the course of the programme.
Course materials are structured to be accessed on a week by week basis and are available to download from our eLearning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the eLearning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.
Detailed below are the dates of the workshops. You can skip a workshop/module and return to it at a later date. You must notify the programme manager you will be attending the workshops as and when they arise.
As part of this course, you will complete a work experience module which gives you the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. Learners are required to complete a total of 50 hours of work experience. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. We aim to ensure you have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions. Our tutors and programme management team will help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies and this placement can be in your locality to reduce travel and time spent in Dublin. If you are already working in a setting during your studies you may use this work as your work experience.
The practical work experience element of this programme may be completed once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. These vary from written reports to practical case studies to examinations. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.