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North Connaught College

North Connaught College

Early Childhood Care & Education


Course Code:  5M2009
Award Code(s):  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This is a one year course which provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career caring for children in a variety of settings: nurseries, creches, playgroups, primary schools and special needs areas. Work placement is a necessary part of this course.

 

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 care and education practice
Early childhood education and play
Child health and well being
Work experience
Communications

and components chosen from the following list:
Human growth and development
Approaches to early childhood education
Special needs assisting
Creative arts for early childhood
Work Experience

Work experience is an integral element of this course. Participants are required to attend work experience one day every week in a relevant vocational setting.

 

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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Early Childhood Care & Education Mercy College Sligo 
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Early Childhood Care & Education Jesus & Mary Secondary School 
Childcare and Pre-School Education Sligo College of Further Education 
Early Childhood Care & Education Sligo College of Further Education 
Early Childhood Care & Education Jesus & Mary Secondary School 
Community Care Jesus & Mary Secondary School 
Supervision in Childcare North Connaught College 
Healthcare Support North Connaught 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.
Teacher - Art and Design    Computer Trainer/Instructor  
Dance Teacher   Psychologist - Educational  
Teacher - Languages   Exercise and Health Instructor  
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on the Award Code below:

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DCHSC 

5M2009