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Certificate in School Age Childcare

Course Points
20
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 7
Course Start Date
Tuesday 31st January at 6.00pm (subject to change)

Course Summary

The aim of this programme is to enhance and provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to effectively plan, implement and evaluate school age childcare programmes. The programme will allow learners to critically examine the appropriate values, attitudes and dispositions for working in the area of school age childcare.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING FOR JANUARY 2023

This programme will also focus on providing the learner with:
  • An opportunity to explore contemporary practice, reflective and reflexive thinking, in relation to the provision of school age childcare.
  • Critically examine the role of the adult to ensure their professional judgements are central in facilitating children’s and young people’s learning and development, identifying children’s and young people’s dispositions and strengths, while also developing their interests, abilities, talents and supporting their life skills.
  • A comprehensive overview of key theories in psychology relevant to middle childhood, gaining an understanding of working within a strengths-based approach with children and adolescents.

This programme will be delivered on two evenings (Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.00pm to 9.00pm), via live online lectures on the following:

31st Jan, 2nd Feb

7th Feb, 9th Feb

21st Feb, 23rd Feb

28th Feb, 2nd March

7th March, 9th March

21st March, 23rd March

28th March, 30th March

18th April, 20th April

2nd May, 4th May.

Students are also required to attend for face to face classes (09.00hrs to 15.30hrs) on 3 Saturdays over the semeser:

Saturday 18th Feb, 11th March, 29th March

 

Students are alro required to undertake directed and independent study.

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course

Please note this timetable is subject to change

Total fee is €750 payable as follows:

€50 application fee (non-refundable unless you are declined a course place)
€100 accept offer fee (non-refundable)
€600 - payable after course commencement

  • Applicants will normally hold a Level 6 qualification (major award) in a relevant discipline, including ELC or other related fields (e.g. youth work, social care).
  • Currently employed in a relevant service
  • Applicants who do not have a Level 6 qualification may apply for entry to the programme in
  • accordance with the procedures outlined in the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy
  • For candidates who do not meet the above entry criteria but have considerable relevant experience, the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and Procedures may be applied. As part of the RPL process, candidates may be called for interview.

This programme is designed and developed to facilitate those already working in the early years’ sector, particularly those working in school age childcare services and who wish to obtain knowledge and skills through work-based learning in authentic contexts and where assessments are linked to practice.

The programme supports participants in their career readiness as competent SAC practitioners and leaders of high-quality provision in School Age Childcare settings.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses School of Health and Science))
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Caroline McDonnell (Programme Director Early Childhood Studies)
Email: Caroline.McDonnell@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NNSAC_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 1 Semester
Fees €750
Starting Date Tuesday 31st January at 6.00pm (subject to change)
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 20
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply

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Applicants should submit copies of their CV, and academic transcripts with their application. Please ensure to upload any required documentation when you apply

Places for this course are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend getting your application in as early as possible.