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Moate Business College

Moate Business College


Early Childhood Care & Education

Code:  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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This course is a one year fulltime course for students wishing to pursue a career in Childcare.  Its prepares student with knowledge and skills to work with babies, young children, families and other staff.  This course aims to equip students to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity.

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Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent or relevant work experience in the area of childcare combined with a strong interest in working with children.  Final selection subject to interview and Garda Vetting


Child Development, Early Childhood Education and Play, Child Health and Well Being, Early Care and Education Practice, Communications, Work Experience, Nutrition, Children with Additional Needs and Occupational First Aid


Successful graduates of the course are eligible to work in a variety of settings which include – • Playschool • Crèche • Montessori • After-school clubs  


Moate Business College 6M2007  Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6

Carlow Institute of Technology CW748 Early Childhood Education and Care Level 8

Sligo Institute of Technology SG242   Early Childhood Education Level 8

Waterford Institute of Technology WD149 Early Childhood Studies   Level 8

Dundalk Institute of Technology DK876 Early Childhood Studies  Level 8


On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following award: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)  


Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

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As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Oportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

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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  
Psychologist - Educational   Teacher - Languages  
Exercise and Health Instructor   Lecturer - Further Education  
IT Trainer   Teacher - English as a Foreign Language  
Teacher - Agricultural Science   Classroom Assistant  
Lecturer - Third Level    Teacher - Physical Education  
Teacher - Post Primary   Teacher - Further Education  
Teacher - Primary School   Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup   
Montessori Teacher   Teacher - Learning Support / Resource  
Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Art Therapist  
Staff Trainer   Fitness /Aerobics Instructor  
Community Education Officer   Careers Adviser  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Equestrian / Riding Instructor  

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Progression Routes

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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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