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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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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 course enables students to work in the area of Early Childhood Care and Education. It offers a variety of modules that meet the demands of the ECCE sector. Facilities at CCFE have been specially designed to enable students to gain practical experience that is required in the work place. Some of the elective modules will give students the academic knowledge to understand the child from infant through to school age.

What will you Study?

Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Development 5N1764
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
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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.

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DCHSC 5M2009

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