Childcare: Certificate in Early Learning and Care Stage 1 (Part-Time) BTEI

Childcare: Certificate in Early Learning and Care Stage 1 (Part-Time) BTEI – Level 5

About The Course

2 years part-time, 2 days per week – Childcare Courses
QQI Level 5

The Early Learning and Care Certificate part-time course is designed for learners who are working in childcare or wish to work with children. The specialist teachers on this course take a student-centred approach to learning and use a variety of teaching methods. The course will allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to work as a childcare professional, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children 0- 6 years.

The course is offered on a part-time basis requiring attendance on 2 days per week from 9:30am-3:30pm.

Professional Practice Placement

Professional Practice Placements form a vital part of this course. You will be attending work placements in early year’s settings working with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Everyone is Garda Vetted before going on Professional Practice Placement and all of our
Early Learning and Care settings are registered with TUSLA.

Course Director: Miriam Dunne

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time further education courses for young people and adults. Those in receipt of unemployment payments or means-tested social welfare benefits, holders of medical cards and their dependants are entitled to free tuition. Others will be required to pay the appropriate college fees.


Modules Year 1 (Stage 1)

  • Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulations
  • Holistic Care of Children 0 – 6 years
  • Modules Year 2
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Level 5
Certificate in Early Learning and Care Stage 1 5M21473

Additional Certification

Manual Handling
TUSLA Children First Certificate

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Learners with no formal qualifications will be invited to interview and a short written assessment.

English Language Proficiency

International applicants must have evidence of B2 proficiency in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Testing will be offered.

Applicant Interviews

All applicants will be invited to interview.

Progression and Career Opportunities
Progression Opportunities

In order to progress to Year 2 of the course, you must successfully achieve all of programme learning outcomes associated with Year 1.

On completion of the 2 year course learners may progress to the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care Stage 2.

Employment and Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities for graduates of the programme as Early Years Assistants with opportunities to progress to Room Leader in a range of early learning and care settings, both private and community based.

Graduate Profile

Childcare attendee


“Once I walked through the door I realised the hardest part was walking through that door. I grew more confident from the time I started. The course has done so much for me. It has improved me so much. I now work with children in a different way.”


The course has done so much for me. It has improved me so much. I now look at and work with children in a different way.