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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Childcare - Special Needs Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further 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 course will aim to prepare participants for work with young children in the rapidly expanding world of childcare, and crche supervision/management. The childcare worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups.

This course will serve as training for crche/community care/healthcare industries or as a link to childcare or early childhood education courses in many IT colleges throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. There is now a FETAC Level 6 Certificate available in Dunboyne College of further education which will run subject to availability and demand.

What will you Study?

Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
School Age Children
Child Development 5N1764
Work Experience 5N1356
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
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