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Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5

Course Type: Part Time and Evening
Institute Name: Dorset College Dublin
Fee: on request
Duration: 48 Weeks + 8 Sats
Time: 06.30-09.45 Tue & Thurs + 8 Saturdays
Course Locations: North Dublin City

Course Details

 Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 (Major Award)

The Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 course will enable learners to build the knowledge, skills and competence required to work in a childcare facility.  Provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge needed to maximise their potential in making a successful transition to third level education or further training and development.  

 How will the course benefit the Student?   

It will provide a solid foundation for a career in Early Childhood care and Education

It will  prepare learners to work competently, safely ands effectively with children aged 0-6 years

Provide specialist knowledge, skills and competence for the role of a childcare assistant

Develop a range of personal and interpersonal qualities necessary for working in a childcare environment

Provide the skills to create and main appropriate relationships with the client, their family and other professionals involved in the childcare setting

Reflect on personal abilities and aptitudes to work as a childcare assistant

Demonstrate good practice in working as a childcare assistant

Principal Areas of Study 

Course Modules 
Child Development 
Early Care and Education Practice 
Early Childhood Education and Play 
Child Health and Well Being 
Work Experience 
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 
Equality and Diversity in Childcare  

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A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this early Childhood Care and Education course. These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration.

Work Experience
The modules outlined above are complemented and consolidated through practical work experience. Work experience is a mandatory module for this award; therefore, students should be aware that they will be required to carry out 120 hours work experience outside of scheduled class time in order to satisfy the requirements of the QQI work experience module.

On Successful completion of all 8 Modules Learners will be awarded:
QQI Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 (Major Award) 

For any one of the 8 Modules - Learners will receive a Minor award from QQI for each module that they successfully complete.

Career Opportunities
The course is structured to provide Childcare Graduates with the opportunity to progress to specialised courses in higher education.  Graduates of this course can progress to:

Early Childhood Care and Educaton Degree Programmes at Level 7 and 8
Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6
  (ECCE with Montessori)


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