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Kinsale College of Further Education

Kinsale College of Further Education

Early Childhood Care and 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...
The course is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognized qualification for those wishing to work in the childcare sector in a variety of areas such as; working with the child in a day care nursery, preschool or with a child with a specific need.

The course is also designed for those who intend to pursue further training in the childcare sector in Institutes of Technology and in Universities. Students spend three days per week in college-based training and 120 hours on work experience. The work experience is monitored so that the student receives on-going constructive feedback. Successful graduates from this course may continue to second year and complete a QQI level 6 award, Early Childhood Care & Education. The graduate from this course will be qualified to work independently with children. This course gives you the Qualification for SNA in Primary and Secondary schools

 

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 5N1764
Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education & Play 5N1765
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Nutrition 5N2006
Child Health & Well Being 5N1765
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Primary Course in Food Safety (EHDA)

 

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

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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