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If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.
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Central College Limerick

Central College Limerick

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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Description...
This programme is suitable for learners who wish to work in a variety of Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) settings such as day care, preschools,crches, home child-minding, as special needs assistant and in after school centres.

The theoretical and practical skills required for working with children from the core of the programme. On the successful completion of this major award at Level 5, candidates may choose to study for a Level 6 award at this college, may choose to enter the workforce or progress to Higher Education Institutions.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Child Development
Early Childhood Education & Play
Work Experience
Social Studies
Early Care & Education Practice
Child Health & Wellbeing
Communications
Understanding Special Needs

 

Important: 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.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Teacher - Art and Design    Computer Trainer/Instructor  
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Staff Trainer   Classroom Assistant  
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Teacher - Post Primary   Teacher - Agricultural Science  
Teacher - Primary School   Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup   
Montessori Teacher   Teacher - Learning Support / Resource  
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Fitness /Aerobics Instructor   Community Education Officer  
Careers Adviser   Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education  
Museum Educator   Equestrian / Riding Instructor  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

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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5M2009