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Ennis Community College

Ennis Community College

Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assisting - SNA


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 is a one year full-time Childcare Course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of childcare. Graduates are also qualified to seek employment as Classroom Assistants (SNAs) in Primary and Secondary Schools.

This course introduces students to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students attend college four days per week 9:00 am to 1:15 pm and gain first hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements in a variety of settings, one day a week 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

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.

Early Care and Education Practice
Early Childhood Education and Play
Child Health and Well-Being
Work Experience
Customer Service
Special Needs Assisting
Creative Arts for Early Childhood
Occupational First Aid

 

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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Childcare St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon 
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Childcare - Advanced Ennis Community College 

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.
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Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Teacher - Post Primary  
Staff Trainer   Teacher - Physical Education  
Lecturer - Third Level    IT Trainer  
Teacher - English as a Foreign Language   Classroom Assistant  
Teacher - Primary School   Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup   
Art Therapist   Montessori Teacher  
Teacher - Learning Support / Resource   Teacher - Agricultural Science  
Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education   Fitness /Aerobics Instructor  
Sociologist / Social Researcher   Psychologist - Clinical  
Psychologist   Music Therapist  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Aid Worker - humanitarian  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  
Careers Adviser   Psychotherapist  
Community Education Officer   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.
Education
Social & Caring
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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