Millmount Road, Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
Ph 044 9340786


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Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Assisting (5M2009)



This is a one year full time childcare course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of childcare.

This course introduces learners to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students gain first hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements in a variety of settings.

This course is designed to develop the caring, practical, communication and intellectual skills essential for working with children.


All applicants will be considered subject to interview. If the Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied has been completed, details should be submitted with your application. Mature learners may be exempt from the academic requirements. This course is intensive and requires applicants to have a high level of ability,enthusiasm and commitment.


  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Child Development
  • Art and Craft in Childcare
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Word Processing
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Paediatric first aid *Manual handling*


This course provides learners with a Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) certificate level 5.


Whilst employment may be sought after this one year course, students can elect to progress further and avail of advanced courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Through this scheme, learners can apply for advanced courses in social care, and childcare in a number of the Institutes of Technology.

For further details see the Central Applications Office web site ( Graduates can also find entry level childcare positions and with the benefit of a years exposure to childcare, entry to other employment opportunities is also greatly facilitated.

* Paediatric First Aid and Manual Handling are being offered as an optional extra, at a charge to students of 120 euros.

Open Evening

Open Evening  on Thursday 9th March 2017 (4 -  7pm)

for further details contact Ms Elaine Kelly, PLC Coordinator,

Tel: 044 9340786


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