Childcare

Early Learning and Care with Montessori 

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care
Accredited Training in Lámh Sign Language
Child Protection Training
Occupational First Aid
Certificate in Manual Handling
Membership of AMI Montessori Internationale

Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May
Coordinator: Caroline Regan
Email: carolineregan@scfe.ie

The Early Learning Care and Education with Additional Needs course equips the learner with the knowledge, experience and practical skills necessary to work in a range of childcare and early years services, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children 0-6 years. This award also provides the learner with the opportunity to progress into the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care and into higher education and training.

Professional practice placement

Learners must complete 150 hours of professional practice placement in a minimum of two settings:
(1) working directly with children aged between 0- 2 years 8 months, and
(2) working directly with children aged 2 years 8 months – 6 years. Learners must be Garda vetted before going on professional practice placement.

Course Features

  • Use of specialised equipment and materials as required by the Maria Montessori approach in an Early Learning Environment
  • Workshops in the five main Montessori disciplines: Practical Life, Mathematics, Language, Sensorial and Cultural
  • Practical Workshops in Síolta and Aistear
  • Interactive sessions using art, drama and music
  • Mindfulness in the classroom
  • Practical demonstrations in care routines and use of early childhood materials
  • Educational outings, field trips and guest speakers
  • Continuous assessment of course work
  • Garda Vetting for Work Experience

COURSE CONTENT

  • Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation
  • Holistic Care of Children 0-6 years
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Related Courses

Course Facilities

  • Use of specialised equipment and materials as required by the Maria Montessori approach in an Early Learning Environment
  • Workshops in the five main Montessori disciplines: Practical Life, Mathematics, Language, Sensorial and Cultural
  • Practical Workshops in Síolta and Aistear
  • Interactive sessions using art, drama and music
  • Mindfulness in the classroom
  • Practical demonstrations in care routines and use of early childhood materials
  • Educational outings, field trips and guest speakers
  • Fully equipped childhood Care and Education (ECCE) suite
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and library Course Content • Wifi and MS 365

Work Experience

Learners will undertake organised work experience one day a week at a supervisory level in a variety of Health Service Executive (Tulsa) approved services including the Free Preschool Year services.

Employment Opportunities

Learners exiting the programme after completing Stage 1 with a QQI Level 5 award in Early Learning Care can progress to employment in a range of early years settings such as;

  • Montessori Pre Schools and Schools
  • Private Crèches
  • Community Playgroups
  • Primary Schools – Early Start Schools
  • Centres offering ECCE free pre-school years

Educational Progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

  • DT572 Early Childhood Education – Dublin Institute of Technology
  • DC235 Education and Training – Dublin city University
  • DC001 Early Childhood Education – Dublin City University
  • CM020 Early Childhood Education – Marino Institute of Education
  • CM010 Education Studies – Marino Institute of Education
  • BN1180 Early Childhood Care and Education – Blanchardstown Institute of Technology
  • CW748 Early Childhood Education and Care – IT  Carlow

Student may progress to the following Level 6 courses at SCFE – Inclusive Education and Training with Disability Studies and Special Needs Assisting 6M2263 – Advanced Learning and Care with Additional Needs

Below are some examples of further progression options with the QQI level 5 award in Early Learning Care. Students with the QQI Level 6 Award in Advanced Early Learning Care may be eligible for advanced entry to some of the following (contact the college for more details)
TU Dublin City Campus Early Childhood EducationDT572 – Level 8

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert, including Leaving Cert Applied or an NFQ level 4 major award or equivalent
    Applicants whose first language is not English require proficiency at B2 (CEFRL) Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements.