Childcare & Pre-School Education will introduce you to the theory and practice of the key areas of childcare. This is the ideal starting point if you wish to progress to further studies or gain employment in a variety of childcare settings e.g. community crèches or playgroups, Montessori educational organisations. This is a one or optional two year programme leading to stage 1 - Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 5) and stage 2 - Advanced Certificate (Level 6). Learners can progress to the ELC Level 6 award if they have achieved the ELC Level 5 award or if they have gone through an RPL (recognised prior learning) process. (At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience).
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module. Occupational First Aid (5N1207) will be provided to learners as an optional extra (Weekend Course).
A period of 150 hours work placement in two Tusla registered child care settings is required for each stage of the programme. This will take the form of one day per week for the academic year and a block release. The College will inform the students of the format in September. Childcare students also have the opportunity to complete their work experience in the beautiful city of Kempten, Germany or Fougerés, France through the Erasmus+ programme. This is a paid internship for three weeks with no expense to the student. This will give participants a unique opportunity to experience living in another culture, enjoy travelling, improve language skills, gain a Europass Qualification, add this experience to your CV and get that valuable job.
Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.
Students on this course are eligible for the access to Post Primary (APT) programme in St. Angela's / NUIG. A limited number of places on their teaching courses are offered based on QQI PLC results.
The following are the most relevant courses;
SG Institute of Technology Sligo
Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any IT Sligo programme through the CAO system.
ALIT Athlone Institute of Technology
LYIT Letterkenny Institute of Technology
The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.
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(One of the following exemptions may apply: (1) Medical Card Holders - €250 (2) BTEA - €200 (3) Grant - €200)
Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as community childcare, Montessori and crèches.
Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care
This is a full-time one or optional two-year course and runs from September to May.
Phone 07191-45480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This course enables learners to complete their work experience abroad