This qualification confers occupational competence for childcare, learning and development in Northern Ireland. Students will have the option of completing the course in 1 year or 2 years. The course will prepare you for employment in the field of Early Years and Childcare, as a qualified Early Years/ Foundation Stage classroom assistant and Daycare, Pre-school, Nursery, Crèche or Special Needs Assistant or childminder. You will have access to our Early Years Specialist Resource Room which is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor play and practical resources. You will benefit from assessed work experience in Early Years settings, Day care Nurseries, Crèche, Primary, Nursery and Additional Needs and Irish Medium classrooms. The skills that you will develop are• excellent communication skills• building knowledge and skills while working with children and staff in a sensitive and positive way• creativity and imagination for play opportunities • planning and organisational skills• IT skills. This course is assessed entirely through coursework and placement assessment reports.