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Aoife Mc Dermott

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LY968
Early Childhood Care, Health and Education

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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This is a four year programme in which students develop the skills necessary to assimilate an understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general skills which will be widely transferable Students will undertake a critical examination of contrasting perspectives which provide insight into the varied experiences of early years’ settings. Drawing on their ability to locate, review and evaluate research findings they will articulate central theoretical arguments within a variety of EY studies and apply same as skilled practitioners in their chosen industry environment. On successful completion students will be able to work independently and identify the need for knowledge acquisition and skill development on an ongoing basis.

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LY968 - Early Childhood Care, Health and Education
Letterkenny IT

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LY968 - Early Childhood Care, Health and Education
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:
DCHSC - CHILDCARE
5M2009 - EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION
- Must have 3 distinctions from the following list:


D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development

D20007 - Early Childhood Education
or 5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play

D20153 - Working in Childcare
or 5N1770 - Early Care and Education Practice

D20159 - Caring for Children (0-6 years)
or 5N1765 - Child Health and Well Being

DCXXX - SUPERVISION IN CHILDCARE
- no specific modules required.

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The childcare Act 1991 and ensuing regulation of early childhood care and education together with other national initiatives has created a strong demand for graduates of childcare studies who are able to work across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries.  Consequently, childcare and education is a rapidly expanding service that is providing career and further educational opportunities for graduates.

The main employers are:

  • Private Sector Childcare Facilities such as crèches, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, homework clubs;
  • The Health Services – special needs services, family support services and community services
  • Primary Schools – classroom assistant;
  • Other Public Services – specialist advisor, researcher, social planning.



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