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Early Learning and Care, Advanced Certificate Stage 2
with Special Needs

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INTRODUCTION:

If you’ve completed your Stage 1 Early Years, have a particular interest in children with special needs and wish to graduate with the Level 6 professional award then this is the course for you. Young minds and hearts depend on the professionalism of those who care for and educate them and children with extra needs deserve the best.

Students will undertake 150 hours of Professional Practice in a minimum of 2 early Years of Early Years settings per annum. The settings will include birth -2 yrs 8 months, and 2 yrs 8 months to 6 years. All Professional Practice placements must be carried out with an ELC provider currently registered with Tusla. Learners must be garda vetted before going on the placement. Embedded in this course are extra training opportunities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Learners can progress to the ELC Level 6 award if they have achieved the ELC Level 5 award.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning is available for advanced entry. Please contact RPLELC@morrisonsislandcampus.ie for more information.
  • Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non-Irish Nationals.
  • An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

DURATION:

September to May (1 Year).

FEES:

€370 including QQI examination fees (Medical card holders exempt from €80). See fees & payment for details.

Fees status currently being updated for 2024/2025.

CERTIFICATION

  • QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (6M21471).

COURSE CONTENT (LEVEL 5 CERTIFICATE)

Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care - 6C21517

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to engage in an advanced personal and professional capacity to work independently and as part of a team in ELC settings, in line with legislation, policy and frameworks with an emphasis on the management of relationships with all stakeholders.

Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care - 6C21518

The purpose of this module is to enable learners to examine sociology, social policy and associated legal responsibilities, frameworks, and guidelines to support children, their families and other stakeholders working autonomously and as part of a team in ELC settings.

The Developing Child - 6C21519

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, and competence relevant to the theory and practice of the developing child while working autonomously and with all stakeholders in the ELC sector.

Curriculum and Pedagogy - 6C21520

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to utilise a broad range of inclusive pedagogical approaches in ELC, through the media of curricula, theory, practice, and assessment.

Inclusive Early Learning and Care - 6C21521

This purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to support inclusive education and care of all children including children with additional needs or who are dual language learners or who are new to the community while working autonomously and with others in the ELC setting.

Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care - 6C21522

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence required to supervise and to undertake administrative duties in ELC settings using effective communication strategies with all stakeholders including professional organisations and funding scheme providers.

Special Needs Assisting - 6N1957

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING / WORKSHOPS

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory Field Trip – A morning excursion using a science perspective, to incorporate Aistear Siolta interconnected themes describing children’s learning and development with Well-being; Identity and Belonging; Communicating; and Exploring and Thinking. Equipping students with the skills/resources to think outside the box about how they could bring more scientific creativity into their settings.
  • Child Paths Training Certificate – students continue their learning on use of the Child Paths Educational Software App. Additionally, the students gain an understanding of the features within it, for example documenting children’s attendance, medicine administration, sleep, nappy changes, and using Aistear and PILES for the child’s overall holistic development. Students then get hands-on experience to practice using the software as part of the training on college iPads. All students who successfully complete the programme receive a Certificate of Completion from Child Paths and Morrison’s Island Campus.
  • Paediatric First Aid Training – The course gives the Early Years learner the knowledge and skills in Paediatric First Aid. The content includes the responsibilities of a First Aider, how to undertake CPR for Child and Infants and how to react in an emergency. Additionally, child and infant choking, bleeding first aid, dealing with unconscious children and infants, febrile seizures, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Asthma are also covered. Finally, meningitis and poisoning, fractures and soft tissue injuries and burns first aid is addressed. To successfully complete the course learners will have to demonstrate correct CPR practice and defibrillator use. At the end of the course the students will receive certification in paediatric first aid for two years.
  • Football for All presentation (Coaching players with a disability) – This workshop develops a strong sense of disability awareness across a range of conditions, physical, sensory, etc. so that learners can ensure that children can have meaningful participation in football activities. The content includes an overview of conditions – physical, sensory etc.
  • ELC Student Conference in association with Cork City Childcare – An off campus opportunity where our students can mix with and learn from current ELC professionals.Topics discussed are broad and wide and vary from year to year.Previous speakers ranged from Interactive Arts Piece – The Simplicity of Paper as an Early Year’s creative arts medium to AIM and the role of the AIM worker in an EY setting.
  • Manual Handling Training and Certification (requirement for work experience) – Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques.

WORK PLACEMENT / EXPERIENCE

Students will undertake 150 hours of Professional Practice in a minimum of 2 early Years of Early Years settings per annum. The settings will include birth -2 yrs 8 months, and 2 yrs 8 months to 6 years. All Professional Practice placements must be carried out with an ELC provider currently registered with TUSLA. Learners must be garda vetted before going on the placement. Learners must complete the current Children First E-Learning programme before going on placement.

EDUCATION PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Progressions currently being negotiated at national level, including advanced progressions.

Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Supervisory roles in Early Years Services and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places, i.e. charities, hotels etc. SNA positions in primary schools.

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