Childcare and Education Level 5

Childcare and Education Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Childcare and Early Education Course
QQI Level 5

Our highly committed team of teachers will assist the students in gaining knowledge of working with young children in early years settings.

Work Experience Placement

Work Experience Placements form a vital part of this course. Students 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.

European Project (Erasmus+)

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. View our European Work Experience page here.

Course Director: Amanda Boyne

  • 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
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Word Processing

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.


Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
or Leaving Certificate Applied
or 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.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

Progression and Career Prospects

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

Students are qualified to gain employment in creches and ECCE settings as an early years practitioner.

Students may progress to the Advanced Certificate: Childcare and Education Level 6 within the College.

Graduate Profiles

“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 were very helpful. I went to Sweden for three weeks work experience – it was an experience of a lifetime.”

Kayleigh Flood


I thought the course was brilliant. The modules were really interesting and the teachers were very helpful.