Childcare | Cavan Institute Further Education Provider

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Course Code: CI061
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
QQI Code: 5M2009
Duration: 1 Year


Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
The demand for qualified childcare professionals has increased significantly in recent years. This course offers a comprehensive preparation for a career in early years care and education. Students receive training in practical, social and legal aspects of the profession. A qualification in childcare is a requirement for childcare staff under the government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. This qualification allows you to work in a variety of childcare settings or as a special needs assistant. As part of the course, students undertake placement in a range of childcare settings. Many childcare settings in Ireland are now seeking QQI level 5 qualifications for their employees in line with the requirements of the ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) scheme and new legislative requirements for the sector.

Course Content
Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Child Development
Child Health and Well Being
Creative Arts for Early Childhood
Early Childhood Education and Play
Early Care and Education Practice
Infant and Toddler Years
Word Processing
Work Experience
Occupational First Aid

Career Opportunities
This course will give students a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employment in the childcare sector.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this course may progress to level 6 course at Cavan Institute to qualify with a Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Elsewhere: Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).