MCAST Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Course Code CS4-04-15
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care


MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P(Level 3) passes

Compulsory: English Language, Maltese and Mathematics

Other Entry Requirements For work placement, candidates need to satisfy the requirements of the Protection of Minors Act, be in possession of a clean police conduct and satisfy specific immunisation requirements.
Course Description This course is designed to enable students to work in a professional capacity with children in the early years sector. The qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding required in an early yearsenvironment.

Students are exposed to the most innovative teaching techniques and are also trained on observation techniques required to monitor the development of children. There is a major emphasis on the practical components carried out in this course.

The course includes placements in early years settings.

Study/Course Delivery The course content is covered through a mix of lectures held at MCAST and supervised practical work with children of different age groups in child care settings and schools.  Students are expected to dedicate a number of self-study hours to work on the assignments given out by the lecturers but also to prepare materials and activities for placement purposes.
Assessment The course is mainly assessed through assignments and knowledge question sessions, practical assessments and work placements.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Plan activities for babies, toddlers and children in the early years

2. Maintain health and safety standards in early years settings

3. Implement activities and construct resources for children

4. Monitor and record the development of children.

Core Study Units
  • Positive Relations for Children’s Care, Learning & Development
  • Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning & Development
  • Promoting Children’s Development
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Promoting Children’s Rights
  • Children’s Learing Activities & Play
  • Diet and Nutrition for Children
  • Physical Activities for Children
  • Psychological Perspectives on Children’s Behaviour
  • Supporting Children’s Numeracy Skills
  • Supporting Children’s Literacy Skills
  • Design & Technology for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Environmental Science for the Early Years
  • Meeting Additional Requirements for Children’s Settings, Learning & Development
  • Psychological Observation
  • Reflecting On and Developing Practice for Children

Key Skills Units

  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Entrepreneurship 2
  • English
Specialist Units Mandatory Specialist Units:

  • Research Skills
  • Health, Education and Social Services for Children and their Families
  • Food and Mealtimes in Early Years

Optional Specialist Units:

  • Working with Children with Additional Needs
  • Promoting Mathematical Development in Children Aged For Four up to Eight Years
  • Promoting Literacy in Children Aged For Four up to Eight Years
  • Cooking Activities with Children
  • Supporting Children’s Creativity
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Higher Diploma in Advanced Studies in the Early Years
  • MCAST Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education
Career Opportunities Child care practitioner