CARE08059 2016 Family, Community and the Early Years Setting
This module explores the lives of children, families and communities in relation to Early Years practice. It is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge base and skill set necessary for working with communities, carers, families and children in a range of settings across the Early Years sector. The module focus is on engaging and building collaborative relationships between carers/families, early years settings, schools and communities. A particular focus is placed on understandings of diverse contexts (the impact of poverty, educational disadvantage and cultural diversity) and the uniqueness of families and how to apply these understandings to best practice. In addition students will consider the ethics of relationship building when working with communities, children and their families/carers in the context of individual and collective work placed relations.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
- Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and uniqueness among families and communities (class, gender, culture, religion, ability etc) in relation to Early Years practice.
- Apply knowledge of family, culture and community to Early Years practice in order to promote positive outcomes for children.
- Understand how to support and engage families/carers in an Early Years setting through the establishment of respectful, reciprocal and collaborative relationships.
- Experience and apply different and culturally sensitive approaches to communicating with families/carers and working with conflict.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
3 hour contact time per week
Module Assessment Strategies
Students will repeat relevant projects
Understanding Families and Communities
Demography and changes in the Irish family
Children and families in Irish society
The changing role of mothers, fathers, grandparents and extended family
Foster/Adoptive parents & families
Children without families
"New" families in Ireland
Definition of family support
TUSLA and the Meitheal Process
Children and Young People's Services Committees (CYPSC)
Family support initiatives in the statutory and voluntary sectors
Engaging families in initiatives to address welfare or child protection issues
Developing Culturally Safe Practices in Early Years Settings
Perspectives on diversity: intersectional approaches
Diversity in the ECCE setting
Equality and the early years: law, policy and practice
Collaborative and inclusive approaches to working with families and communities within early years settings
Family, Community and Education
The role of family and community in child development and learning
Parental/carer and community perspectives on the planning and implementation of early years practices
Social and cultural capital in early years education settings
Involving families/carers in the education of young children and establishing family-friendly early years settings
Engaging with families and carers, and community members to colloborate on issues of leadership, advocacy and shared decision making in relation to early years services
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project||Continuous Assessment||Project||50 %||Week 7||1,2|
|2||Project||Continuous Assessment||Project||50 %||Week 13||3,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
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