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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Childcare is the profession devoted to the care and supervision of children which also includes the development of the child and their early education.

Childcare professionals work across a wide range of childcare service provision areas, from full time day care to child minding in their own home. Childcare professionals are required to provide an excellent standard of care to any children under their supervision and they must be able to cater for each child’s individual needs.

With the introduction of a number of regulations and government schemes the childcare industry is a fully regulated and monitored service in Ireland and becoming an increasingly popular career choice.

Pre-school services include pre-schools, montessori, play groups, naíonraí, day nurseries, crèches, childminders and other similar services looking after more than 3 preschool children. Each offers different types of programmes of varying depth which may suit children in different circumstances.

A QQI Level 5 Major Award, or recognised equivalent, is the minimum qualification those hoping to start a career in childcare must have. Room Leaders within the setting will be required to hold a QQI Level 6 Major Award, or recognised equivalent. 

To work in childcare you will, naturally, need to be good with children, as well as caring, empathetic, a good communicator and patient. Due to the importance of caring for children, pre-school childcare locations must open themselves to inspections by the child and family agency. Any person who is planning to work with children will be required to have Garda Clearance. 

Occupations in Childcare
(sorted by Job Zone)

Au Pair

An Au Pair works in a private home, assisting parents (or a lone parent, guardian or carer) in the daily care of the children and the house.

Creche Assistant
Provides a day care service for parents with young children or babies.

Works in private homes caring for their employers' children.

Care Assistant - Children

Care assistants provide basic personal care and social care to children and young people in a number of settings, including special schools, day centres and residential homes.

Childcare worker

Assists with the care of children in a variety of childcare settings.

Nursery Nurse

Provides care and education for children up to eight years old, planning and supervising play and work activities to help the children to learn and develop.

Special Needs Assistant - SNA

Special needs assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup

Teaches pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills.

Speech & Language Therapist

Treats and works with people who have speech impediments or language learning difficulties.

Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Prepares lessons and teaches young children in the first years of school from approximately age 5 to age 12.