On completion of the course some of the options available are:
- Working in full day care, Sessional services e.g. Montessori groups, parent and toddler groups and Playschools, Childminders, School-age childcare and also working as Special needs Assistants (SNAs)
- Complete the Level 6 Advanced Montessori and ECCE in North Connaught College and go on to work in a supervisory capacity in a variety of ECCE settings or open their own childcare business
- Progress to third level education
- Pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education (with the option of progressing to Primary School Teaching, Montessori Teaching or Special Needs Teaching)
- Specialise in Special Needs Education and pursue a career as a Special Needs Assistant or a Special Education Needs Teacher
- Pursue a Home Economics teaching qualification in St. Angela’s College, Sligo (ATP Programme).
- It is desirable that applicants have participated in primary and post primary education.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate some skills relevant to the course, an interest in childcare and be able to exercise initiative and independence when carrying out practical activities.
- Applicants must complete an interview to determine suitability for the course.
|Early Care and Education Practice
|Early Childhood Education and Play
|Child Health and Well Being
|Creative Arts for Early Childhood
|Understanding Special Needs
Below is a more detailed description of each module
This compulsory module explores child development theories and how they are applied in a childcare setting. Students learn the skill of formal observation and the important stages in a child’s early development.
Early Care and Education Practice
This module explores the history of childcare provision in Ireland and the important elements of legislation and policy and how they are applied in an ECCE setting. The students also learn about the importance of routines in a child’s life and learn how to reflect on their own work practices.
Early Childhood Education and Play
In this module students learn about the importance of play in a child’s development. They also get the opportunity to plan and evaluate play activities. They develop their story-telling abilities and assess the value of various toys.
Child Health and Well Being
In this module students learn about common childhood diseases and practice skills relevant to childcare.
- Nappy changing
- Bathing a baby
- Topping and tailing
- Sterilising bottles
- Bottle feeding
- Spoon feeding
- Taking a child’s temperature.
Creative Arts for Early Childhood
In this module students will learn the skills necessary to plan and carry out creative arts activities for children. They will explore a variety of creative arts opportunities to include, arts and crafts, drama and music. Students will develop an appreciation of the role of creative arts opportunities in enhancing each child’s learning, development and well-being.
Understanding Special Needs
In this module students learn about various issues relating to special needs. They study a variety of additional needs and learn strategies for managing those conditions. Over the course of the module they also reflect on their own attitudes towards disability.
This is one of the most important modules, whether in the workplace or in a college environment. It is essential to be able to transfer knowledge in a clear and concise way and also to be aware of the different types of communication (verbal and non-verbal). The module covers both written and practical aspects of communication and gives learners practice and confidence for making presentations, for example new fire safety procedures.
This module aims to create an awareness of the food that we eat (diet) and its relationship with health and personal well-being.
Students must find work placement in a suitable childcare setting. Work-experience classes prepare the student to apply for work placement and future work by learning skills, producing a cover letter, CV and interview techniques. Students will also gain an understanding of their own skills and qualities, as well as how to document their learning during placement. This is an essential module for anybody wishing to prepare for or return to the workplace.