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Early Care & Education Practice

Early Care & Education Practice

Eilis Flood and Catriona Hardy

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A new textbook written for NFQ Level 5 Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770), introducing the legal and regulatory context required for ECCE practitioners to work effectively with children, their families and their colleagues in early childhood care and education settings in Ireland.

  • Presents the historical development of the ECCE sector in Ireland, outlining relevant legislation, policies, practices and procedures.
  • Details the rights of the child in the context of the ECCE setting.
  • Introduces practices and activities to promote equality and value diversity.
  • Describes various care and education routines, and how they are supported by administrative and operational procedures, such as daily logs, routines and record-keeping
  • Promotes the maintenance of a quality ECCE environment that complies with relevant regulations and standards.
  • Outlines the importance of effective communication with children, families and colleagues.
  • Explains the importance of self-awareness, effective interpersonal skills and self-reflection in order to work effectively as an individual and in a team in an ECCE setting. 


  • Level 5 Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770), a mandatory component of the Early Childhood Care and Education major QQI award (5M2009)

Additional Information

Author Eilis Flood and Catriona Hardy
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 22 May 2013
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780717158447

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