Barnardos Learning and Development Service: Request for Tender

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Request for Tender for Content Development of QQI Level 5 award Module – Childminding Practice 5N1766


Barnardos Learning and Development Service wishes to engage a Contractor(s) to design and develop the content for QQI Level 5 award Module – Childminding Practice 5N1766 and contribute to the proposal for module validation to QQI as appropriate.


Barnardos Learning and Development Service supports the ongoing development and delivery of quality needs-led and outcome-focused services. The training team are responsible for designing, coordinating and delivering continual professional development and accredited training. A range of high quality and innovative training programmes are provided. The training aims to strengthen children services practitioners’ knowledge and skills, with the ultimate aim of benefiting children.
Training courses are designed based on a combination of current thinking and evidence-based practice.

At Barnardos we commit to providing a quality experience for learners through positive and purposeful opportunities to help them achieve the learning outcomes. Barnardos Teaching & Learning Policy is informed by the ESG Standards, the QQI Award Standards and the National Framework of Qualifications. Barnardos’ courses are underpinned by an ethos of accessibility, respect, diversity and fair treatment. We are learner-focused and are committed to supporting learners to participate fully in our programmes. We recognise the importance of learner autonomy, and work to create an environment that empowers learners to be active and engaged partners in their learning experience.

Barnardos is committed to using technology where it adds value to the learning environment. A variety of learning resources are made available to learners via online platforms such as the virtual learning environment (VLE), the library website, catalogue and databases. Using technology as an integral part of teaching methodology enables Barnardos to provide materials through a rich media presentation environment, and to accommodate learning activity outside the classroom and outside timetabled class times, thus enhancing effective self-directed learning.

The approaches and methodologies used by Barnardos are based on contemporary learning theory, the learning needs of our learners, the learning outcomes of the module, the educational content, and the size and composition of the learner group. The teaching methodologies acknowledge and build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the learners and use these attributes to foster discussions to extend their learning.

Childminding provides a pedagogical approach to children’s developmental and educational outcomes that is distinct from any other type of childcare setting. Research has shown that quality childminding correlates with both higher levels of general education and recent specialised training.
A recent report of the Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector, “Pathway to a Quality Support and Assurance System for Childminding in Ireland”, made proposals to enhance the quality of childminding in Ireland to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and this included training supports.

Barnardos aims to deliver suitable training for all childminders to enable them to provide enjoyable, high quality care, development and learning opportunities for children of all ages.

Project Overview

The purpose of the QQI level 5 module – Childminding Practice is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles, practices and guidelines underpinning best practice in childminding to enable the learner to work in a professional manner with children and parents in a childminding context within the home setting.

The following are the Learning Outcomes in QQI level 5 module in Childminding. Learners will be able to:

  1. Explore the role and responsibilities of the childminder in relation to the provision of a quality service ensuring the well-being and holistic development of the child
  2. Examine legislation and national guidelines relating to the care, education and well-being of children
  3. Outline elements of the home environment that promote health, safety and well-being of the children
  4. Explain the importance of effectively engaging with children and their parents
  5. Examine how a childminder can professionalise their service provision
  6. Devise written policies and procedures for a childminding service
  7. Document the implications of legislation for the child and childminder
  8. Use strategies to improve personal effectiveness as a childminder
  9. Learn to reflect on personal experiences and relate theoretical learning to working with children
  10.  Assume full responsibility for interaction with children and adults expanding on current knowledge, skill and practice

The Contractor(s) will design and develop the content of a training programme to achieve the learning objectives for this module, at the required knowledge, skill and competence level for QQI level 5 modules, based on up-to-date research and pedagogical approaches to adult learning.

This module will be delivered in a blended format, primarily in a face-to-face learning environment with no more than 30% completed in an online learning environment. The Contractor(s) will outline at each stage the mode of delivery.

Successful achievement of the module award is based on learners attaining the required standards of knowledge, skill or competence consistent with the minimum intended programme learning outcomes. The Contractor(s) is responsible for devising assessment instruments (e.g. project and assignment briefs, examination papers), assessment criteria and mark sheets for this module, consistent with QQI’s assessment requirements. The Contractor(s) will be required to map each learning outcome to its associated assessment technique. All assessment tasks will be designed with identified learning outcomes in mind and provide the learner with the opportunity to apply their learning and demonstrate an understanding of the topic at hand. Ultimately, learners will be brought to a position where they can demonstrate, through a variety of assessment processes, that they have achieved the learning outcomes of this module.

Please see the Tender document attached below for more information.

Closing Date for Submission of Tenders

Closing date for receipt of completed proposals is Wednesday 15th August at midday. A hard copy of the proposal document should be delivered to:
Heino Schonfeld
Christchurch Square
Dublin 8

And a copy of the proposal document emailed to



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