Childcare and Education (Afterschool Care) - Level 5

Childcare and Education (Afterschool Care) – Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 5

My work placement was great and I am now working there as an Early Years Practitioner.

About The Course

This is a one year course at QQI Level 5 which will provide the learner with the opportunity to develop skills and experience in the early childhood and education area, particularly after school care.

Students will gain a knowledge of the working environment and the fundamentals of childhood education. Additionally, learners will focus on the particular approaches suitable to after-school care.

Work Experience Placement

Work experience placements form a vital part of this course. You will have the opportunity to attend a work placement in an early-years setting one day per week and complete a two-week block placement during the year.

European Project (ERASMUS+)

Every year a number of students may travel to another European country for three weeks’ work experience. The students attend an early years setting in the host country and observe and participate in the day-to-day work of the setting, learning how professional child care and education are delivered in that country. View our European Work Experience page here.

  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Word Processing
  • School-age Childcare
  • Equality and Diversity in Childcare

In addition the students will undertake visits to a range of course relevant settings to broaden their learning experiences.

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.


All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression and Career Prospects

Our students have a range of opportunities open to them upon completion of this course:

  • Employment in early years services/ creches as an early years practitioner
  • Progression to Level 6 Childcare and Education (subject to merit/distinction profile)
Graduate Profile

“I really enjoyed my year at ICFE. The staff were lovely and really cared about the students. We got lots of support with course work. My work placement was great and I am now working there as an early years practitioner.”