The Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education programme offers a comprehensive preparation for a career in childcare, whether working in a day care nursery, crèche, pre-school / after school facility or with families as a professional nanny. Also subject to certain specific requirements this course can be used through the CAO to apply for a third level degree course in a related discipline. In the past the College has had a number of Learners who have successfully progressed onto degree courses.
Excellence in lecturing and a strong commitment to childcare is the hallmark of The College of Progressive Education. Experienced, highly qualified lecturers renowned for their enthusiasm and commitment provide quality tuition for our learners. Our lecturers are also chosen for their ability to inspire, motivate and encourage. In addition our Full Time course has a programme coordinator who looks after the needs and welfare of the learners.
This full-time day course is delivered over one academic year. The course syllabus is outlined below. In addition to lecture room tuition the course includes work experience every alternate week in a variety of childcare facilities.
The course co-ordinator will help learners with all aspects of the course, including work placements and written assignments, as well as personal welfare, accommodation and career development
A variety of methods and approaches will be used, including:
- Practical demonstrations
- Oral presentations
- Individual tutorial support
- Assignments and projects
- Work experience
- Discussions and debates
- Role play
- Guest speakers
- Workshops Field trips Lectures Examinations
LEARNER SUPPORT AND WELFARE
A characteristic of the College is the individual and supportive attention given to our learners. Developing a personal relationship with each individual learner allows us to offer support in areas where is it required.
We recognise that learners from outside Ireland who enrol on this full-time course may need extra help and support.
It is important to note that a proficiency in conversational and written English is required to take part in the course. The welcome and support given to learners by tutors and fellow learners will ensure that everybody feels especially welcome and part of our enthusiastic and motivated group of learners. Confidential counselling will be provided to help learners with any personal problems they may experience; the College also has contacts with outside agencies that can provide professional help and support if required.
APPLYING FOR A PLACE
Learners should complete an application form and return it to the College with:
- Four passport-size photos
- A letter explaining why you are interested in the course and outlining your qualifications and relevant experience
- In the case of international learners a copy of your passport should also be included, together with details of your current visa status and results of English language tests where relevant
On receipt of your application the College will review your information and contact you to arrange a suitable time for interview. The College with conduct an in-depth interview by telephone with applicants from overseas.
If you have any queries concerning the application process please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees cover the cost of tuition for one academic year, course materials, textbook and examination fees. Please note the Special Needs Assistant course attracts a seperate fee which is substantially discounted for full time learners. Please contact the office for details. There are no other hidden costs.