Portobello InstituteAdvanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care QQI Level 6

Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care QQI Level 6

9 months
Evening, Part Time and Evening
Start date: Continuous Intake

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Course Details
This approved QQI level 6 major award in Early Learning and Care qualification allows you to open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader, supervisor or manager in an early years setting.

The Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care has been developed to meet the standards for Early Learning and Care (ELC) at NFQ levels 5 and 6. The programme is underpinned by the principles of First Five.

This programme further develops your knowledge and skills through the study of play, development and learning of the young child in historical and socio-cultural context and the implications of this in the ELC settings. A range of local and international perspectives are taken, including children’s rights, children’s health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity, and inclusion.
As part of your learning journey, you will explore a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education, and health. The knowledge, skills and competencies you will learn, will prepare you for autonomous practice and will equip you to take responsibility for one of the rooms or areas within an ELC setting.

A key feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to choose from a number of elective modules. These include the following modules.

Inclusive Education Practice,
Montessori Education
Provision of School Age Childcare)
This choice allows you to tailor your qualification to your area of interest in accordance with your preferences and career development needs.

You will take supervised placement modules to meet the award criteria. A key feature of this programme is its emphasis on the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge which will enable you to pursue a career in the ELC sector and access additional formal education training.

This course is delivered through blended learning which means that you will also have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement in an early years setting to compliment your studies. Learners are required to complete a total of 150 hours of work experience. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one-to-one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

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