Childcare and Special Needs Assistant Level 5

Price: TBA
Duration: 1 Year Full Time Course
Further Education and PLC
Academic year Sept 2020 - May 2021

Course description

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What Is Childcare?

This one-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 the 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 IT colleges
throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers
and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. There
is now a QQI Level 6 Certificate available in Dunboyne College of
Further Education which will run subject to availability and demand.

Course Content
A theoretical approach to childcare and special needs assisting will be
complemented by practical experience. The following modules will be
offered in 2019 subject to availability and demand:
• Creative arts for early childhood • Early Childhood Education & Play
• Child Development • Work Experience
• Children with Additional Needs • Child Health and Well-being
• Early Care & Education Practice • Word Processing
• Communications • Special Needs Assisting

QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009
First Aid Response. Child Protection Online Course

Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU,
University of Limerick, UCC, as well as in IT Blanchardstown, IT
Carlow and many other IT colleges around the country. Students
may also seek immediate employment in a range of childcare centres,
classrooms or community initiatives. There are now a large range of
certificates, ordinary and honours degree courses available to graduates
on the newly expanded QQI links programme. For example, Childcare
graduates can access the 83 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, or
progress to IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght, IT Carlow, Carlow College,
DCU, DIT, Dun Laoghaire IADT, Letterkenny IT, St. Angela’s College
Sligo, University of Limerick, Marino College, Mary Immaculate, Tralee
IT, UCC. In fact, all the IT colleges allow access onto their certificate and
degree course in Early Childhood Studies/ Social Care.

Higher Education Progression
Maynooth: MH801 Early Childhood-Teaching & Learning (Level 8, 3 Years)
ITB: BN118 Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8, 4 Years)
DIT: DT572 Early Childcare Education (Level 8, 3 Years)
DCU: DC001 Early Childhood Education (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry Requirements
Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other
equivalent qualification • All applicants will be interviewed regardless
of previous qualifications • Apply directly at

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