Stage one in Early Learning and Care, 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.
Each learner is expected to complete 150 hours of professional practice placement in a minimum of two settings. One setting must involve working with children aged between 2 years 8 months and the other setting working with children aged between 2 years 8 months and 6 years. A “setting” in this context, refers to the age of the children. Therefore, a single childcare provider can have a room for babies and another room for older children; this would count as two settings. Work Experience will take the form of one day per week for the academic year and a block release.
Childcare students also have the opportunity to complete their work experience abraod in Germany, France or Spain, 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;
ATU - 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.
TUS - Athlone
ATU - Letterkenny
The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.
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Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as community childcare, Montessori and crèches.
Stage One Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473
This is a full-time one year course and runs from September to May.
Phone 07191-45480 or email [email protected]
This course enables learners to complete their work experience abroad