This three-year programme is structured to enable participants to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood education and care. Students will acquire skills in areas such as: children’s play; creative studies; care; education; children’s literature; sociology and social policy. In the second half of the programme, students can specialise depending on areas of interest. A supervised work placement in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme enabling students to learn from practice as well as theory.
The design and content of the programme has been determined by the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector. The programme includes a work placement that will bring students into direct contact with children and therefore offers for this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda Vetting process.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Graduates of this programme will have the knowledge, competencies and skills to work directly with, or on behalf of, young people in a range of early year’s services. Graduates will be trained to think, act, manage and operate at the level of experienced practitioner. Employment opportunities include roles as managers, directors, co-coordinators or leaders in early years settings such as: pre-schools; crèches; special needs services; family support centres and community services in the statutory; voluntary; community; private sectors; government agencies and public agencies.