College of Management and IT (CMIT)QQI Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding

QQI Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding

12 Weeks
Online, Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details
This distance learning, QQI accredited Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification. This Child safeguarding course has been carefully designed to cater to the needs of those who desire to study at their own pace, either from the comfort of their homes or during free hours at work, all the while gaining a nationally recognized qualification. Our Child safeguarding course is aimed at a wide array of learners. If you’re planning to venture into a career within the Early Years sector, this course will offer a solid foundation. It’s also suitable for those looking to upskill – if you already hold Early Years qualifications but wish to update your knowledge, this program will serve you well. Furthermore, if you’re a parent of an Early Years child, or simply have a personal interest in the sector, this Child safeguarding course will provide an enlightening introduction to Early Learning and Care and Child Safeguarding.

The Child safeguarding course will equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of the ELC sector as it operates in Ireland today. We will guide you through the different types of services available, introducing you to the key stakeholder groups that form the backbone of the sector. The course will also underscore the importance of policies and procedures within ELC, giving learners insights into the main legislation, frameworks, and strategies the sector operates within. Moreover, the course places special emphasis on relevant child protection legislation, highlighting the pivotal roles played by those within the ELC sector. The objective is to not only educate learners about the sector but also to raise awareness about the significant aspect of child safeguarding.

The practical assignments help reinforce the knowledge gained throughout the course and equips learners with a tangible skill that can be directly applied in their professional life. Our state-of-the-art online platform enables you to upload assessments conveniently and receive prompt online feedback. The eLearning system is accessible from any computer with internet access, ensuring your learning journey is always at your fingertips.

Who should complete this Introduction to ELC and Child safeguarding course?

  • Anyone who is interested in a career in early learning and care with children aged 0-6 years.
  • People who wish to gain an accredited qualification in Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

  • Leaving Certificate, NFQ level 4 qualification or equivalent. If you do not hold a Leaving Certificate or an NFQ level 4 qualification, you may be eligible based on relevant life and or work experience, please contact the college on 01-2865783 to confirm this.
  • As this NFQ level 5 qualification is delivered through English it is necessary learners will have sufficient written English skills to complete this course. Learners for whom English is not a first language will be required to provide evidence of meeting a minimum English language and literacy competency of B2 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
  • Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland and hold a valid PPS Number.
  • A basic working knowledge of computers in addition to a computer with internet access and word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word or Google Docs) is required to do the course.

Topics covered in this Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding course

Unit 1: Introduction to ELC

Overview of the sector
Key stakeholder groups in ELC
Managing stakeholders in ELC
Government initiatives

Unit 2: Legislation and frameworks

The rights of the child
Childcare regulations
Other legislation
Key frameworks

Unit 3: Child safeguarding

Children First
Child protection policies and procedures

Unit 4: Policy and Procedures

Importance of policies, procedures, and statements
Policies, procedures and statements required
Communicating and reviewing


  • This Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding course is assessed through completion of an assignment and a project.
  • 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 Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding course leads to a Level 5 component award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this level 5 component certificate as credit towards the following QQI Major Award: Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 5). For more details contact us.


  • Following successful completion, you will receive a QQI Level 5 component certificate in Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding from QQI.
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.

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