Childcare: Certificate in Early Learning and Care
Stage 1: QQI Level 5Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473

OPTIONAL: Stage 2: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21471

COURSE CONTENT

Stage 1 (Year 1) Modules:

  • Professional Practice Placement in ELC
    Two settings:
    – Birth – 2.8 years
    – 2.8 years – 6 years
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation
  • Holistic Care of Children 0 – 6 years
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

COURSE CONTENT

Optional: Stage 2 (Year 2) Modules:

  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement in ELC
    Two settings:
    – Birth – 2.8 years
    – 2.8 years – 6 yearsSociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care
  • The Developing Child
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Early Learning and Care
  • Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care

CAREER PROSPECT

  • Childcare/Early Learning and Care practitioner
  • Supervisor/Room Leader in an Early Learning and Care setting

Courses Description

This full-time course prepares learners to work as a Childcare practitioner with young children and/or to take responsibility as Room Leader/Supervisor in a variety of early learning and care settings. This award also provides the learner with the opportunity to progress into further and higher education and training.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/ Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Applicants whose first language isn’t English need to have a B2 competence in an English language test.
  • Successful completion of interview.
  • Applicants will be required to undertake Garda vetting. International students must also provide Police vetting from the country/countries where they have previously lived.
  • If you already have a Level 5 Certificate in ECCE you may be eligible to enter in stage 2 – talk to the Course Coordinator for more information.

Costs

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Please Note: Every effort is made to have these costs as accurate as possible, however, please be aware that some of these costings are supplied by external agencies & external exam bodies and there is a potential for those to change unexpectedly. If changes occur they will be communicated to learners as soon as possible.

Progression

The NFQ Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care and the NFQ Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care facilitate entry, on a competitive basis, to a range of third-level institutions nationwide.

Work Experience

Work experience placement is an integral part of this course. Students must obtain
one day per week work experience for the academic year. The day will be specified by the college. There will be a two-week block placement at the end of the first term. Students are required to gain experience of working with babies and toddlers aged from birth to 2 years 8 months, and pre-school children aged 2 years 8 months to 6 years.

Duration

This is a one-year full-time course. Learners will achieve a Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care on successful completion of the stage 1 modules. Level 5 Early Learning and Care graduates may choose to continue to stage 2 (second year) to achieve a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

Certification

Stage 1: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473

Stage 2: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21471

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.

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