Dunboyne College of Further EducationEarly Learning and Care (Childcare) 2 year course

Early Learning and Care (Childcare) 2 year course

1 Year Full Time Course
Further Education and PLC
Academic year Sept 2022 - May 2023

Course description

QQI Level 5/6 Early Learning and Care 5M21473/6M21471

This two-year course will aim to prepare
participants for work with young children
in the rapidly expanding world of childcare
and crèche supervision/management.
The childcare worker needs social,
communication and caring skills to work with
individuals and groups. Childcare will lay a
foundation for these skills and provide the
work experience to put learning into practice.
This course will serve as training for crèche/
community care/healthcare industries
or as a link to childcare or early childhood
education courses in many Universities and
IT colleges throughout the country and
the UK. Successful applicants can also gain
employment as a Special Needs Assistant
in a range of educational settings. This
programme is ideal for both school leavers
and experienced mature persons seeking a
formal education.

A theoretical approach to childcare and
special needs assisting will be complemented
by practical experience. The following
modules will be offered in 2022, subject to
availability and demand:
Level 5 – Year 1
• Professional Practice Placements in Early
Learning and Care
• Legislation, Regulations and Children’s
• The Developing Child
• Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
• Understanding and Assisting Children
with Additional Needs
• Holistic Care of Children
Level 6 – Year 2
• Advanced Professional Practice
Placements in Early Learning and Care
• Sociology and Social Policy in Early
Learning and Care
• Developmental Psychology
• Curriculum and Pedagogy
• Supervision and Leadership in Early
Learning and Care
• Inclusive Early Learning and Care
• Administration in the Early Learning and Care Sector

• 2 Year QQI Level 6 in Early Learning
and Care (option of exiting after
year 1 with a QQI Level 5)
• First Aid Response
• Child Protection Course

Graduates may pursue level 7/8 Early
Childhood degree courses in Maynooth
University, DCU, University of Limerick,
UCC, Marino Institute of Education, as
well as in TU Dublin – Blanchardstown,
IT Carlow and many other IT colleges
around the country. Students can
progress to Year 3 of Early Childhood
degrees in many UK Universities.
Students may also seek immediate
employment in a range of childcare
centres, classrooms or community
Early Learning and Care graduates
can access the 175 places in First Arts
in Maynooth University, or progress
to Social Care/Social Study degree
programmes in TU Dublin and Primary
School Teaching.
Maynooth: MH801 Early Childhood
Teaching and Learning (Level 8, 3
TU Dublin – Blanchardstown: TU993
Early Childhood Care and Education
(Level 8, 4 Years)
Marino Institute of Education:
CM020 Early Childhood Education
(Level 8, 4 Years)
TU Dublin – City Campus: TU995
Early Childhood Education (Level 8,
3 Years)
DCU: DC001 Early Childhood
Education (Level 8, 4 Years)
St. Nicholas College: NM801
Montessori Education (Level 8, 4

Leaving Cert or LCA
Mature students of all backgrounds
Other equivalent qualification
A literacy test (applicants will be contacted)

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