Early Childhood Care & Education


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood care and education

Course Modules

  • Early Care & Education Practice
  • Child Development
  • Child Health & Wellbeing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Word Processing
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Special Needs Assisting

Course Aim

This course will equip students to care for children aged 0-6 years. They will have acquired an understanding of the complexity of early childhood development. Learners will be prepared for a wide range of early education settings and they will be able to work in a variety of roles in the childcare sector.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

During this course, students will earn experience in childcare sector and at the end of the course they will be able to work in jobs where they will be responsible for children in public and private sectors encompassing all levels of education and training, from pre-school through to community education. Students of this course can progress to third level courses in Childcare or to the Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 course in Ó Fiaich Institute.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who have completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational and mature students  

Andrea Lennon - Course Co-Ordinator


Student Services Costs:

Government Levy (PPC)

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

QQI Certification Charge:
QQI Level 5 €50 QQI Level 6 €80

Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses. 

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.