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Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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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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St. Oliver's Post Primary School

St. Oliver's Post Primary 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 one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with young children in the rapidly expanding world of childcare, and creche supervision/management.

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.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Creative Arts for Childcare
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
I_T_ Skills
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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DCHSC 5M2009

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Childcare - Early Childcare Care & Education Beaufort College 
Childcare - Special Needs Assistant Dunboyne College of Further Education 
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