A comprehensive guide to work placement and work experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Ireland. * Identifies skills needs and gaps within childcare organisations and services, and the key challenges and opportunities in the sector. * Instructs on how to compile a personal and vocational skills audit, including identifying personal strengths and weaknesses when working in a childcare setting. * Illustrates how general talents and skills, such as gardening, crafts, reading, music, etc., can be utilised effectively in an ECCE setting. * Instructs on how to write a CV and letter of application for a position in a childcare setting. * Explores childcare job-finding strategies, e.g. internet job searches, networking, employment services and recruitment fairs/agencies. * Details Schon's reflection theory, and the importance of reflection on work experience and assessing any challenges encountered, such as conflict with children, parents or childcare workers, constructive criticism and learning in relation to quality management and to Siolta. * Presents an overview of Aistear, indicating how it can be used in a practical setting. * Includes a sample Aistear observation and a completed sample learner record. * Discusses both verbal and non-verbal communication and various technological methods of communication and their relevance in an ECCE setting. * Summarises the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in the childcare setting, including those outlined under the Childcare Act 1991 and Childcare Regulations 2006. * Explores options for further education and training, such as childcare awards at Level 6 and the Early Years degrees at Levels 7 and 8. Written For: Childcare students studying the Work Experience Level 5 module [5N1346]
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Date of Publication: 09/04/2014