Full Title:Regulation and Applied Law in Early Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LAW N7005
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of the module is to place the delivery of early childcare within the relevant legal context to facilitate compliance with the statutory regulation of this sector
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the significance of the Constitutuional framework for the 'Family' and the 'Child'
  2. Define the statutory framework for protecting the welfare of children
  3. Apply the legal framework to ensure there is no threat of harm to a child
  4. Analyze the responsibilites of the early chilcare provider arising from the new stautory framework for protecting the welfare of children
  5. Critically examine the application of mandatory vetting and reporting to the early childcare sector

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Constitutional framework for the 'Family' and 'Child'. Articles 42 and 42 A
Examination of the constitutional framework for the 'child' and 'family', Article 42A, statutory appplication and judicial interpretation of the provisions. Influence of international conventions including the UN Convention on the Child
The child, status, capacity and decision making
Exvaluate the coherent of the approach of the law and the legal system to the 'child', including such issues as capacity, decision making, welfare and giving significance to the 'voice of the child'. The child as a holder of rights and the recipient of care
The statutory framework for protecting the welfare of children
The Childcare Act 1991, as amended. The Child and Family Agency legislation with particular reference to Part VIIA, The role of the CFA. 'Children First' and best practice.
The legal framework for ensuring there is no threat of harm to a child
Examination of the scheme of vetting as provided for by the Natioanl Vetting Bureau (Protection of Children and Vunverable Adults ) Act 2012, mandatory reporting as a policy tool and the proposed 'Children First' legislation. Other mandatory reporting legislative provisions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam The exam paper will consist of a number of questions, 4-5, two to three of which must be attempted. The questions will asses the candidates core knowledge of the legal issues involved but will also require a demonstration of an understanding and appreciation of the policy considerations underpinning such regulatory provisions 1,2,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay The work will require the student to critically examine a current legal issue in respect to early childcare, examples would include: introduction of statutory vetting, mandatory reporting of child abuse, efficacy of the new licencing and pre-approval model of early child care regulation, analysis of the published childcare inspection reports 2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
Class Test n/a 1,2,4,5 50.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Practical workshop 4.00 Once per semester 0.27
Directed Reading No Description 3.80 Every Week 3.80
Independent Study No Description 7.60 Every Week 7.60
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.17
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.77
Recommended Book Resources
  • Eileen McParland 2013, The Best Interests of the Child Interpreting Irish Child Legislation, 2nd Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717157198]
  • HSE 2011, Children First, 2nd Ed., HSE Dublin [ISBN: 978-1-4064-2589-5]
  • HSE 2011, Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook, 2nd Ed., HSE Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jim Nestor 2011, An Introduction to Irish Family Law, 4th Ed., 20, Gill and Macmillan Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 5 Mandatory