Early Childhood Care & Education

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QQI level 5 & 6 in New Ross at Kennedy College of Further Education, 1 year Full Time/ 2 years Part Time

Minimum Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate or equivalent, Mature Students, VTOS Students.
The QQI Level 5 course will equip students with recognised training which will help them to serve in a variety of challenging positions in the expanding Childcare field and allow them to progress to further studies should they so wish.

Course Content: Early Childcare & Education Practice, Child Health and Well Being, Child Development, Early Childhood Education & Play, Creative Art for Early Childhood, Communications, Work Practice, Work Experience, Social Studies, Care Provision and Practice (Caring for the elderly to assist people in gaining employment), Special needs assisting skills. Note: Course content may be subject to change. First Aid Course and Manual Handling Course mandatory. Cost of both courses €100 approx.

Minimum of 20 days work experience is required in a Childcare setting. Garda Clearance/Vetting is required.


Employment: Pre-schools, Creches, Nurseries, Montessori schools, Au-pair work, Working with children with Special Needs. Progression to Third Level: Examples of courses available to successful holders of this FETAC Award.

Higher Education Links Scheme: UCC Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (Level 8), Bachelor of Social Science (Level 8), NUI Maynooth Bachelor of Social Science (Level 8), Mary Immaculate College Limerick: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education(Level 8), St. Patrick’s College, Carlow Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 6).



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  • Course Length 1 or 2 years
  • Start date September
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Early Childhood Care & Education
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Early Childhood Care & Education
  • By Mary-Ruth Tobin
  • Email: adultguidance@wwetb.ie

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