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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Childcare - Special Needs Assistant

Code:  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Childcare?

This one year course will aim to prepare participants for work with young children in the rapidly expanding world of childcare and crèche supervision/management. The childcare worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Childcare will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice.

This course will serve as training for crèche/community care/healthcare industries or as a link to childcare or early childhood education courses in many IT colleges throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education.

There is now a QQI Level 6 Certificate available in Dunboyne College of Further Education which will run subject to availability and demand.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue a diploma or degree in many of the IT colleges around the country or, alternatively, may seek immediate employment in a range of childcare centres, classrooms or community initiatives. There are now a large range of certificates, ordinary and honours degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme.

For example, Childcare graduates can access the 83 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, or progress to DIT, DCU, IT Blanchardstown, IT Dundalk, UL and UCC. In fact all the IT colleges allow access onto their certificate and degree course in Early Childhood Studies/ Social Care.

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Childcare Beaufort College 
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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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