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Childhood Social, Legal & Health Studies

A guide to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting with a particular focus on social-, legal- and health-related issues within an Irish context.


  • Discusses the emergence of the childcare profession and the legislation and policies that shaped its transformation, from pre-regulation times to the present day.
  • Links child protection thinking and concepts directly to childcare practice, through the use of case studies and activities, to encourage understanding and good practice.
  • Summarises current research into and guidelines for equality and diversity practice, focusing on their application in an ECCE setting.
  • Defines child health and well-being and discusses them in the context of current policy, legislation, research and Síolta standards.
  • Describes and applies to practice the role of the advanced early years practitioner and their professional development, using self-reflection and key interpersonal skills exercises.
  • Case studies and ‘In Practice’ examples throughout illustrate the relationship between concepts and practice.



QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007) and the following modules:

6N1945 Childhood Social, Legal & Health Studies

6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum

6N1945 Supervision in Early Childhood Care

6N1946 Work Experience

6N1947 Work Practice



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Publication Date

March 2015




Paperback, 224 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


245 x 172 mm


By Emma Zara O'Brien and Margaret Prangnell

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Emma Zara O’Brien, MLitt, HDipEd, HDipPsych, lectures in childcare and psychology at Inchicore College of Further Education. She has lectured in Early Childhood Education in Dublin Institute of Technology and has worked as a researcher in the Department of Youth and Children Affairs. She is the author of several books, including Human Growth & Development and Psychology for Social Care.


Margaret Prangnell, BSc (hons) Nursing Studies, RN, RM, RNT, lectures in and is the course coordinator for QQI Levels 5 and 6 Early Care and Education Practice at Inchicore College of Further Education. She worked as a lecturer in nursing in the UK and held the post of academic principal of a private childcare college. As a member of the Barnardos Panel of Trainers, Margaret provides child protection awareness training in Ireland.

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