As part of a national review of Childcare courses in Ireland, the Certificate in Childhood Studies with Special Needs Assistant will be replaced by a Certificate in Early Learning and Care at Portlaoise Institute.
This new 1 year full time course will offer modules in Professional Practice Placement in ELC, Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation, Holistic Care of Children (Birth to Six Years), Early Childhood Growth and Development, Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies, Inclusive Early Learning and Care, Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs.
Successful learners will then have the option to study for their Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 6).
Our Certificate in Early Learning and Care has been designed to develop the communication, intellectual, practical and caring skills essential for people working with children (0-6 years) and will build very successful Certificate in Childhood Studies with Special Needs Assistant, where many of our past graduates are now working in crèches all around Laois or have progressed to study Level 8 degrees in Childcare Studies.
Former Student Leanne Hyland from The Heath who is currently a student in Waterford Institute of Technology studying for a Level 8 Degree in Early Childhood Studies states “the support I received throughout the whole academic year from my teachers was by far exceptional and I thoroughly appreciate everything in which they did to help me achieve my best.
“As I reflect on my experience, I can whole heartedly say the Level 5 Childcare course will stand to me forever. I cannot recommend Portlaoise Institute enough as I have nothing but amazing memories on my journey”.
If you are interested in our new Certificate in Early Learning and Care please apply through our website www.portlaoiseinstitute.ie