Childcare and Education Level 5

Childcare and Education Level 5

Full Time 1 Year Course
QQI Level 5

This is a one year Childcare course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of Childcare. This course enables the learner to gain a QQI Level 5 award in Childcare. On completion of this course students may gain entry to the Level 6 Advanced Childcare course in Inchicore College.


This course introduces students to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students gain first-hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements one day per week, in a variety of settings.

A programme of continuous assessment will be in operation. Assessment involves module assignments, projects, case studies and examinations and work experience reports.

Work Experience Placements

Work Experience Placements form a vital part of this course.  Learners will have the opportunity to attend a work placement in an early years setting one day per week and also have two weeks block placements during the year.


Every year a number of students have the opportunity to 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 about how they deliver professional child care and education.

Course Content
  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Word Processing

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI: Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Entry Requirements
  • Candidates are expected to be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent.
  • Applications will be considered from those who have completed the LCA and the LCVP.
  • Aptitude for, and interest and experience in childcare will be taken into account and selection is on the basis of an interview. The course is open to VTOS applicants and mature students.
Progression and Career Prospects

Many of our students now work at home and abroad in Pre-Schools, Nurseries, Montessori Schools and other related areas, such as Special Needs and Classroom Assistance. Students may gain entry to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate courses in Inchicore College, subject to success at Level 5.

Graduate Profile

“The course was great. The teachers were really helpful with course work and assignments. I went to Sweden as part of the international work experience. It was a great experience.”

Shauna Ryle

“I thought the course was brilliant. The modules were really interesting and the teachers really helpful. I went to Sweden for three weeks work experience – it was an experience of a lifetime.”

Kayleigh Flood