Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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LY906
Early Childhood Care, Health & Education

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
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128

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This is a two year programme designed to introduce students to the disciplines involved in early years’ education. The programme provides an introduction to a wide range of theoretical and practical skills including the developing child, children’s behavior, curriculum studies, creativity and imagination, child protection, child health and practical methods of engaging children through play. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in work placement settings. Students, on successful completion of the HC may progress to the BSc (Hons) ECCHE or choose to work within the early years’ education sector.

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LY906 - Early Childhood Care, Health & Education
Letterkenny IT

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LY906 - Early Childhood Care, Health & 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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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions from:


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

D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development

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


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On completion of this programme learners will have a wide range of transferable skills applicable to a broad spectrum of areas to include residential childcare, intellectual disability services, respite services, adult services, older people, health promotion, Women’s Aid, nursing homes youth work and community development.



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