Welcome to the Early Childhood Education and Care online course

This course has been developed by Charmaine Attard in close collaboration with the School Education Gateway.

This course will:

  • Give you a general view on early childhood pioneers/theorists to allow already early years educators in refreshing the early years background.
  • Give educators with no early years experience or knowledge the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Inquiry-Based Learning and how they can eventually build a stronger learning environment.
  • Encourage early years educators to implement Inquiry-Based Learning in their classrooms to ensure that inclusion is adaptable, flexible and visible also from a young age group.
  • Provide concrete material that can be easily adapted in a 21st century early years classroom.

After the course deadline, the content remains available for perusal. You can access the modules, however, it is no longer possible to take part in the final mandatory activity.

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List of modules

Module 1: Early Years Pioneers and Theories

Start date: 06/09/2021 12:00

End date: 30/12/2032 23:59

Module 2: Focusing on the Theory of Inquiry-Based Learning

Start date: 06/09/2021 12:00

End date: 30/12/2032 23:59

Module 3: Practical Implementation of Inquiry-Based Learning

Start date: 13/09/2021 12:00

End date: 30/12/2032 23:59

Module 4: Final assignment

Start date: 13/09/2021 12:00

End date: 30/12/2032 23:59

The course has concluded!

The course content remains available for perusal.

You can access the modules, however, it is no longer possible to take part in the final mandatory activity.

Please note that user support for this course is no longer provided.

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 6 September 2021

End date

Monday, 20 September 2021

Duration

The course ran for 2 weeks with a total number of 4 modules, including an extra optional weekend for submitting the required assignment at the end of the course. The estimated workload is 8-10 hours in total.

Target audience

Early years practitioners and anyone who is interested in Early Childhood Education and wants to gain enough material and knowledge, while feeling motivated and encouraged to adapt his/her teachings according to the students’ needs.

Certification

A course badge and a course certificate were awarded upon completion of the course, including the final peer assessment activity before the deadline 20 September 2021.

All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

You can get your certificate formally accredited if you live in Ireland or in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Find out how to apply for accreditation.

Course Expert and Moderator

Charmaine Attard