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Childcare - Working with the under fives

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Louis Community School

St. Louis Community School
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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 is designed to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in the care of children. Students will acquire knowledge of childcare theories and best practice and will also acquire practical experience on work placement and through skills demonstrations.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Irish for Pre-School Services
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Creative Arts for the Early Years
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

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DCHSC 5M2009

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