MQF Level 4 Award in Childcare (0 to 3 years)

Course Description

The overall objectives of the Award are to engage participants in learning what is relevant to their profession and to further develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes necessary for a successful career in working with children including  those of different cultures and different needs.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand child development in children aged 0 to 3 years including physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional development.
  • Be fluent with relevant national legislation and regulatory requirements with a focus on protecting and fostering children’s rights and following health and safety procedures.
  • Develop an awareness of the need to develop positive relationships and partnerships with children and their families.
  • Plan and implement meaningful learning experiences that enable optimal development in babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Identify and meet the diverse needs of children with additional needs to cater for cultural, linguistic, learning or physical differences.
  • Adopt a reflective practice approach to their daily work to continually improve their own practice for the benefit of children’s outcomes.
  • Apply child development theories into practic.
  • Work collaboratively in a team and promote positive relationships between all stakeholders.
  • Plan, develop and facilitate play and learning experiences for children aged 0 to 3 years.
  • Provide care of children’s daily needs including those with additional needs.
  • Support and communicate with parents/legal guardians within an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and welcomes all families.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment where children can be cared for and educated respectfully and safely.
  • Report and document the daily occurrences, incidents and interactions as required for the safe upeeping and running of a childcare centre accoding to the National Standards for Child Day Care Facilities (2006) or latest document published.
  • Work and behave responsibly and professionally with the integrity and respect needed to adequately care for young children.
  • Follow and uphold the policies, procedures and standards of a child care setting and work in collaboration with the management and the staff for a smooth running of the centre.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with children, their families and the staff at the centre for the benefit and optimal development of children under their care.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the need for care that is of high quality, non-discriminatory and inclusive.
  • Develop critical reflective skills to engage in reflective practice as part of own professional development.

Target Candidates

The course is intended for individuals who want to start a career in childcare or for individuals who are already working in childcare centres and want to gain an award at MQF Level 4 and pursue a career in childcare (0 to 3 Years).

Course Code Duration Credit Value Next Intake FT/PT
LW/HSC/006 18 months 60 ECTS March 2023 PT
Contact Hours Placement Hours Self Study Hours Assessment Hours Total Learning Hours
300 350 620 230 1500

Mode of Training

Learning will take place via a mix of lectures, group activities and discussions


Assignments, Portfolio

Awarding Body

Learning Works

Course Structure

Module 1: Health and Safety at the Workplace and the Outdoor Environment (4 ECTS)

This module deals with the employer’s responsibility towards Health and Safety while pointing out the employee’s responsibility too. In addition to caring for and educating babies, toddlers and young children, an early childhood educator needs to ensure that children are kept safe and secure.  An awareness and understanding of health and safety issues is therefore a must.  This unit aims to encourage prospective carers to understand the importance of health and safety measures in early years environments and their role in safeguarding children’s health and keep them safe.  The dangers of noncompliance are stated while emphasising the ways to communicate health and safety information. Risk assessment to reduce accidents and hazards form part of this module.

Module 2: Teamwork and Communication (4 ECTS)

This module deals with benefits of teamwork, collaborative work and lines of reporting. It delves into features of effective teamwork and individual behaviours and qualities required for effective teamwork. It creates awareness of the need to develop positive relationships with colleagues and other professionals.  Teamwork here also refers to encouraging children to play and learn with other children in the setting

Module 3: Communicating with Parents and Carers of Children (4 ECTS)

This module introduces the students to the notion of working in partnership with parents and families for the benefit and wellbeing of children under their care.  It deals with appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication and the type of communication that is acceptable according to GDPR guidelines. The student will have the opportunity to evaluate his own communication skills in terms of developing relationships.

Module 4: Value of Play and Recreational Activities for Children
(4 ECTS)

This module deals with the value of play for each area of development: physical, social, emotional, intellectual and language. It embraces a rights-based approach to play where play is regarded as a right of each child to play and interact with others and to experience recreational activities with others.  Building on the premise supported by literature that play is a vehicle for learning, students will be exposed to the benefits, stages and types of play.  Moreover, it gives examples of strategies and techniques to support children’s play and ways in which adult interaction can extend learning and development.

Module 5: Children's Development and Learning (14 ECTS)

This module deals with the holistic child development including the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, speech and language development for the first three years of life. Child development underpins every aspect of working with babies, toddlers and young children. Child care practitioners need to know theories and models of child development to be able to support children’s play, learning and development. This module points out how each area of development interlink and rate and sequence of development which may vary due to various aspects.

Module 6: Work Placement/Portfolio of Evidence (30 ECTS)

This module deals with practical exposure to the theory built on knowledge of theories of play and learning and children’s development including physical, social and emotional, cognitive and language development.  Students will be able to put into practice the theoretical knowledge, skills and competences developed over the course of the programme. They will have the opportunity to reflect on their own as well as collaboratively to evaluate and improve their practice through self-reflection and feedback provided by others.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be 18 years of age and are in possession of a relevant MQF Level 3 accredited award related to childcare or have at least 5-years’ experience as a childcare worker assistant in a Childcare centre, including a school leaving certificate.  Candidates must be able to communicate in English and Maltese. A proficiency numerical and literacy skills test together with a Police Conduct Certificate will also be required. Should the students have qualifications or equivalent evidence in Numeracy and Literacy then they will be exempt from the required tests.

Candidates are also required to obtain a paediatric first aid certificate prior to the start of this course programme.  This is a prerequisite for Module 1: ‘Health and Safety at the Worplace and Outdoor Environment’.

Candidates may be applying for recognition for prior learning (RPL) for up to 40% of the total credits of the award.

The Maturity Clause will also apply for those over 23 years of age, but such prospective students will be required to go through an interview.

Those candidates who have a foreign qualification which they believe is an equivalent to an MQF Level 3 must get their qualification validated through MQRIC at NCFHE.

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Price Policy:

  • All prices are applicable only for Maltese Residents and EU Citizens.

All applicants must provide a digital copy of the following items, these can be uploaded after payment is complete. This is not required for Webinars:

  • ID Card (both sides) or Passport
  • Recent Photo or selfie
  • Police Conduct (not older than 2 months) when the course requires it
  • Certificates as per eligibility criteria

For further information about any of our courses, contact us via email [email protected]

You may apply for this course online by clicking on the Apply Now button above. Alternatively, you may request a form from our administration office in Qormi. International candidates who apply need to provide a copy of a valid Visa for Malta (where applicable) and passport with their application.