Monday, 30 March 2015

Roscommon VEC to deliver new FETAC level 5 childcare courses this year

The National Childcare Investment Programme 2006-2010 has been introduced under the auspices of the Office for the Minister for Children. This has led to an expansion in childcare services, which has provided exciting challenges for those involved.

One of the challenges that this presents is that staff employed in such locations are trained to quality standards. The National Training Strategy has a national target of 17,000 fully trained childcare practitioners by 2010. The participation in County Roscommon is very good to date. The Strategy group recommends that FETAC Level 5 would be a minimum requirement for childcare practitioners.

County Roscommon VEC in consultation with Roscommon County Childcare Committee is now offering a full FETAC Level 5 Childcare Programme in Roscommon Town, Castlerea and Boyle. The programme runs over a two-year period with two modules in Autumn Term and two in the Spring Term. The programme leads to a major FETAC Level 5 Award in Childcare. Classes commence in January and September of each year and run for 12-14 weeks, one night per module per week from 7 pm to 10 pm.

The FETAC Level 5 modules on offer for the Autumn 2008 term will include the following: Work Experience, Classroom Assistant and Integrating Children with Additional Needs (Special Needs) in Castlerea; Child Development and Working in Childcare in Boyle and Roscommon. Please note the later start date for the Classroom Assistant in Castlerea. 

In order to achieve a FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Childcare, participants must complete 8 modules. Students are encouraged to pursue this major award. County Roscommon VEC are a registered provider with FETAC and have a fully operation Quality Assurance system in place. All the modules listed above can be viewed on the FETAC website  

With health and safety being a feature of everyday life we have included a ‘Basic First Aid covering Adult and Paediatric’ course in Roscommon town.  This course will run over 2 Saturdays – 27th September and 4th October 2008 – at Roscommon Community College, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Places on this must be pre-booked and pre-paid by sending a cheque for €60 made payable to County Roscommon VEC to Co. Roscommon VEC, Castle Street, Roscommon with your name, address and phone number. All First Aid instructors are recognised by the Health and Safety Authority and are registered with the National Ambulance Training School.

Enrolment for all other modules/classes will take place on the first night, and classes are offered where sufficient numbers are present. For further details see our advertisement in this issue. or contact Josephine  or Sabrina on 090-6634189. Courses can also be viewed on our website Contact Sabrina or Josephine, Co. Roscommon VEC at (090) 66 34189.

Art and design course

Food & Nutrition and Art & Design courses are starting in Castlerea during the week of 20th September. Please see ad in this publication or call Roscommon VEC for more information on (090) 6634189.

Computer class

Basic Computer class starting in RSG, Derrane Resource Centre, Wednesday October 1st, from 7 - 9.30 pm. Please see ad in this publication or call Roscommon VEC for more information on (090) 66 34189.

Computer class in Curraghboy

Computer Class (basic computer knowledge needed to join class) starting September 23rd, Old School, Curraghboy, from 7 - 9.30 pm. Contact Roscommon VEC on (090) 66 34189 or see ad in this paper for more info.

Computer class in Taughmaconnell

Computer Class starting September 23rd, Taughmaconnell Community Centre. 10 am - 12.30 pm. Contact Roscommon VEC on 090-6634189 or see ad on page 4 for more info.