Early Childhood Care, Education & Special Needs

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QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – 5M2009.

Specialise in the childcare profession: learn to support and nurture children with special needs and abilities. Prepare to work as a special needs assistant (SNA) in pre-school, primary or secondary level schools.

Achieve the competence to work in a professional childcare team. Mentored by experienced childcare professionals, gain ongoing practical experience of special needs assisting alongside the academic knowledge of child development theory and practice.

Work placement is an integral part of the course. Learn your craft as part of a working professional team.

Start with a solid basis to progress to an advanced certificate in QQI at Mallow College or straight to degree level with UCC, CIT and elsewhere. Join our excellent graduate success rate and gain immediate employment in the growing childcare industry.


Career Prospects

  • Personal care assistant. +
  • Pre-school special needs assistant. +
  • Primary school special needs assistant. +
  • Secondary school special need assistant. +

Course Contents

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.

Calendar

One year. Full-time.

Erasmus+

30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ in Techniczne Zakłady NaukoweDąbrowa Górnicza, Poland, for 2 weeks from the 12th of February 2018. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Certification

Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. Students spend four days a week in College and one day a week on practical work placement. There are also block placements throughout the year. The dates and duration will be specified by the College.

Progressions

Advanced to QQI level 6 in Early Childhood Care at Mallow College. Use your full QQI award to progress to degrees in Early Childhood Education, Social Care, Community Development, and Arts. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to mallowcollege.ie/progressions.

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.

Costs

Contact Us

Email us at childhoodcare@mallowcollege.ie.