Childcare Studies (Part-time) BTEI Levels 4 and 5

Childcare Studies (Part-time) BTEI Levels 4 and 5

About The Course

1 and 2 Year Part Time Childcare Courses
QQI Level 5

This course is designed for learners who are currently working in childcare and wish to gain a professional qualification or learners who have a strong interest in working with children. Course material is a step up from introductory level. The specialist teachers on this course take a student-centered approach to learning and use a variety of teaching methods.

The course is offered on a part-time basis over two years. Students attend one day per week (Fridays, 9.30am – 4.00pm). Work experience, which is an important part of the course, should be obtained in crèches, pre-schools, after-school clubs, nurseries, Montessori schools, naíonraí or primary schools.

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.


Level 5: Year 1

  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Work Experience

Level 5: Year 2

  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Communications

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Level 5
QQI Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 (Major Award)

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

No formal educational qualifications are required for entry on to Level 4 or 5 courses. Admittance on the course will depend on a satisfactory interview. These courses are designed for people who are currently working with children or who have a strong interest in working with children in the future.

Progression Opportunities

Successful graduates may gain entry to the Level 6 Advanced Certificates offered in Inchicore College both full-time or part time. Graduates may also use their Major Award at Level 5 to apply for Degree courses in Early Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Education both full-time and part-time.

Graduates with a Major Award Level 5 may apply to primary schools as Special Needs and Classroom Assistants.

They may also apply for employment  in crèches, pre-schools, after-school,  nurseries, Montessori schools and Naíonraí.

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.