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Cavan Institute
Childcare

This new, two-year programme will provide students with the knowledge skills and competencies associated with the practical, social and legal aspects of the childcare early learning and care profession.

Childcare

To be confirmed

Course Fees

€750

As part of the childcare course, students undertake extensive professional practice work experience placement (150 hours) in at least two early learning and care settings including settings to include those which cater for children from birth to 2 years 8 months and those which cater for children from 2 years 8 months to 6 years.  A qualification in childcare is a requirement for early learning and care staff under the government regulations. All early learning and care settings in Ireland require their employees to have a QQI level 5 early learning and care qualification, as a minimum, in line with the legislative requirements for the sector. This qualification allows you to work in a variety of early learning and care settings or as a special needs assistant.

About This Course

Course Content

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. Applicants whose first language is not English require proficiency at B2 standard on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Upon successful completion of Stage 1 of this programme, students can progress to Stage 2, the level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.


Elsewhere: 

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

Career Opportunities

This course in Childcare will give students a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employ­ment in the early learning and care sector.

Certification

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded to graduates upon successful completion of year 2 of this programme. Students who wish to exit the award at the end of year 1 will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificated in Early Learning and Care upon successful completion of stage 1 of the programme.

Award Code to be confirmed

To be confirmed

To be confirmed

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded to graduates upon successful completion of year 2 of this programme. Students who wish to exit the award at the end of year 1 will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificated in Early Learning and Care upon successful completion of stage 1 of the programme.

Award Code to be confirmed

Stage 1 - embedded Level 5 certificate on successful completion of year 1

Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care

Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation

Early Childhood Growth and Development

Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies

Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

Holistic Care of Children (birth to six years)


Stage 2 -  advanced certificate upon successful completion of year 2

Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care

Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care

The Developing Child

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Inclusive Early Learning and Care

Supervision and Administration Skills in Early Learning and Care

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