Childcare

Courses

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Early Learning & Care

Level 5

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Special Needs Assistant (Primary & Post Primary)

Level 5

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Early Childhood Care & Education

Level 6

Early Learning & Care

(Option to repeat Leaving Certificate Irish)

Course Code: ELC ST1

 

Course Content: 

  • Professional Practice Placement in ELC                                       
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulations  
  • Holistic Care of Children (Birth to 6 Years)                               
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development                            
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies                                
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

Students are also given the opportunity to avail of additional courses for example:

  • People Handling
  • Infection Control
  • Tulsa Child Protection Course
  • Option to repeat Leaving Certificate Irish (for future entry to Professional Masters in Primary Teaching).

Student Requirements

The following requirements are necessary to access and successfully complete the programme

  • 150 hours work experience in a minimum of 2 settings catering for children aged (0 – 2 years & 8 months) and (2 years & 8 months to 6 years)
  • Garda Vetting
  • English Language and Literacy Competency

Aim:

This is a one-year full-time course designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and competence required to pursue a career in Early Learning and Care. The course will enable learners to acquire the skills, knowledge and competences to work both independently and part of a team in an Early Learning practice providing holistic care and learning experiences for children from birth to six years of age. The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Progression & Career Options: 

Successful graduates can opt to go directly into the world of work in nurseries, playgroups, crèches, with private families or work as an AIM Assistant in an Early Years Setting. Alternatively, graduates may opt to continue to Stage 2 of the programme to complete the QQI Level 6 Early Learning and Care course within DIFE or progress to related degree courses in:

 


DCU

TU Dublin (City Campus)

DKIT

Maynooth University

Marino Institute of Ed.

This course also provides common entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care & Education

DIFE Course Title:  Early Childhood Care & Education

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

TU Dublin (City Campus)

DKIT

Early Childhood Studies

TU Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus)

Early Childhood Education

DCU

Early Childhood Education
Marino Instute of Ed. Early Childhood Care
AIT Social Studies, Early Years and Childhood Studies

UCC
Maynooth University

Arts, Social Science, Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (Part-time) Business, Law
Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit www.cao.ie. 

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care & Education

DIFE Course Title:  Early Childhood Care & Education

 

Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee € 50
Course Fees/Materials € 150
DIFE Total € 600
Note – Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the course fees outlined above. 
 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.

 

‘I completed my QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education and I am currently doing Level 6. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the course and found it very interesting. The tutors are always there to help and offer advice. DIFE really helped me along my chosen career path and look forward to entering the world of work with my qualifications’Rachel Howell

Special Needs Assistant (Primary & Post Primary)

Course Code: 5M2786

 

Course Content: 

  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Care Provision & Practice
  • Equality & Disability
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Team Working
  • Child Development

Students are also given the opportunity to avail of additional courses for example:

  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Specialist Workshops in Autism
  • General Learning Disabilities Certificate – Institute of Child Education & Psychology
  • People Handling
  • Management of Actual or Potential Aggression Programme
  • Infection Control

Award: 

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care.

Aim:

This is a one-year full-time course designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and qualifications required to pursue a career as a Special Needs Assistant in a variety of educational contexts and community care settings. This course qualifies participants to work as SNAs in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, supporting children in their learning environment. The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Progression & Career Options:

Graduates can progress directly to employment in a variety of educational contexts and community care settings. Alternatively, graduates may progress to further studies in specialist social care, psychology, social studies, and early childhood care and education degree programmes.

 


DCU

TU Dublin (City Campus)

DKIT
 NUI Galway UCD IT Carlow
National College of Ireland Athlone Institute of Technology
UCC
Maynooth University

 

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care & Education

DIFE Course Title:  Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

Maynooth University

Psychology, Social Science, Arts
DCU Health and Society
TU Dublin Social Care, Early Childhood Care & Education, Community Development and Youth Work
NUI Galway Arts (Children and Youth Studies), Applied Social Sciences. Psychology and Sociology, Psychology
DKIT Early Childhood Studies
UCD Psychology, Social Policy and Sociology, Social Sciences
IT Carlow Early Childhood Care and Education
National College of Ireland

Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Care

Athlone Institute of Technology Social Care Practice, Early Years Care and Education
UCC Social Science, Arts, Social Sciences (Youth and Community Work)
Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit www.cao.ie. 

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M2786 Community Care

DIFE Course Title:  Special Needs Assistant (Primary & Post Primary)

 

Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee € 50
DIFE Total € 450
Additional Fees may be applicable for Specialist Additional Courses including: PHECC First Aid Training & ICEP General Learning Disabilities Certificate.
 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.

 

 ‘The Childcare with Special Needs course in DIFE has given me more than what is required to work in the Special Needs Sector. I am confident in the standards I have been trained to adhere to and have the confidence to raise the bar in any new work environment. I am currently working full-time as an SNA in a primary school and loving it!‘- Mary Mc Carthy (past student)

Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 6)

Course Code: 6M2007

 

Course Content: 

  • Child Development
  • Childhood Social, Legal & Health Issues
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Philosophy
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Students are also given the opportunity to avail of additional courses for example:

  • First Aid Responder
  • People Handling
  • MAPA (Management of Actual & Potential Aggression) Certificate optional

Award: 

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education. 

Aim:

This one year course is aimed to extend students knowledge in theoretical approaches and provides them with the skills needed to work as a room leader/supervisor in a childcare setting.

Graduates can progress to degree studies at Third level or progress directly into employment in the childcare sector.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent. All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression & Career Options: 

Graduates may opt to go directly into the world of work or decide to progress to a Third Level Degree programme in Early Childhood Care and Education in:

 


DCU

TU Dublin (City Campus)

DKIT

Maynooth University

UCC*

Marino Institute of Ed.

*UCC Advanced entry into year two is an option for those with sufficiently high grades at Level 6.

 

This course also provides common entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

Course Code and QQI Title:  6M2007 Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 6)

DIFE Course Title:  Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 6)

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

Maynooth University

Arts, Social Science, Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (Part-time)
DKIT Year Two Direct Entry to Early Childhood Studies
Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit www.cao.ie. 

Course Code and QQI Title:  6M2007 Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 6)

DIFE Course Title:  Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 6)

 

Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee € 80
Course Fees/Materials € 25 – Art Materials
DIFE Total € 505
Note – Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the course fees outlined above. 
 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.

 

‘Having completed both Level 5 and 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education in DIFE I can truly say that it was a fantastic experience. Staff were friendly, supportive and eager to help. I would not hesitate to recommend this Institute, it was second to none. After completing my studies in DIFE I progressed directly into Year two in DKIT (Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education), I am finding that the work I did in DIFE is of huge benefit to me now.’ – Sheila Mc Evoy (past student)