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Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

To provide students with an understanding of the principles of childhood development and to familiarise students with the skills required to pursue a career in childcare. The course will also give students an insight into the range of employment opportunities in the health service/special needs sector.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Communications 5N0690
Creative Arts for Early Child 5N1769
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
School Age Childcare 5N1769
Work Experience 5N1356
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Childcare - Supervision with Special Needs Clarin College Athenry 
Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Galway Community College 
Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Galway Community College 
General Studies & Arts - Third Level Access Programme Galway Technical Institute 

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