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Early Childhood Care & Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year programme enables students to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood care and education. Students will acquire skills in the area of childrens play, art and craft, social studies, child development and children with additional needs. A supervised work placement also allows students to link theory to practice and gain valuable experience in different childcare settings.

What will you Study?

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION (5M2009)

This course is a one year fulltime course for students wishing to pursue a career in Childcare.  Its prepares student with knowledge and skills to work with babies, young children, families and other staff.  This course aims to equip students to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity.

A4 Brochure for Childcare Level 5 fin.pdf

Download the attachment it will give you detailed information on the Course Content, Career Opportunities, Certification and Possible Progression.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent or relevant work experience in the area of childcare combined with a strong interest in working with children.  Final selection subject to interview and Garda Vetting

COURSE CONTENT

Child Development, Early Childhood Education and Play, Child Health and Well Being, Early Care and Education Practice, Communications, Work Experience, Nutrition, Children with Additional Needs and Occupational First Aid

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Successful graduates of the course are eligible to work in a variety of settings which include – • Playschool • Crèche • Montessori • After-school clubs  

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION FROM THIS COURSE

Moate Business College 6M2007  Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6

Carlow Institute of Technology CW748 Early Childhood Education and Care Level 8

Sligo Institute of Technology SG242   Early Childhood Education Level 8

Waterford Institute of Technology WD149 Early Childhood Studies   Level 8

Dundalk Institute of Technology DK876 Early Childhood Studies  Level 8

CERTIFICATION

On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following award: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)  

GRANTS

Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

Apply to S.U.S.I on www.studentfinance.ie

MATURE STUDENTS

As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Oportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

Child Development 5N1764
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Understanding Special Needs 5N1709
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Social Studies 5N1370
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSC 5M2009

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Early Childhood Care & Education St. Josephs College Summerhill 
Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Assisting Mullingar Community College 
Early Childhood Care & Education St. Josephs College Summerhill 
Early Childhood Care & Education Moate Business College 

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