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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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North Kerry College of Further Education

North Kerry 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 full-time course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Schools, Childcare, Social or Community Services. The regulation of provision of these services, in order to ensure the highest possible standard of delivery, has created employment opportunities for Graduates of this course in Nurseries, Creches, Schools, Pre-Schools and Childcare facilities in the Public and Private Sectors. Graduates may also progress to further studies in the Institute of Technology, Tralee and a BA in Early Childhood Studies in UCC through the special Access Programme. Students may also apply for Diploma/ Degree courses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
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