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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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Mercy College Sligo

Mercy College Sligo
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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 is a one year full-time course designed to provide students with essential skills and a well recognised qualification to work in the Childcare sector. Students are qualified to go directly into work or progress to further education.

What will you Study?

Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Child Development 5N1764
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Social Studies 5N1370
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Child Protection
Children with Additional and Special Needs
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.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSC 5M2009

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Early Childhood Care & Education Jesus & Mary Secondary School 
Childcare and Pre-School Education Sligo College of Further Education 
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Early Childhood Care & Education Jesus & Mary Secondary School 
Childcare North Connaught College 
Childcare Supervision North Connaught College 

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