Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (Course Code: 5M2009)

  • Aims

    This is a one year full-time course and is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Childcare. It prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work with babies, young children, families and other staff. This course aims to equip students to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity.

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent, or relevant experience in the area of childcare combined with a strong interest in working with children. Applications are especially invited from mature students. Final selection subject to interview and all applicants may be subject to Garda Vetting.


    Further Study Opportunities include:

    • Students may progress to further studies in institutions both in Ireland and the U.K. Check the QQI Link and the CAO link on the links page for further details.

    • Entry to many degree programme's in childcare and education, e.g. Level 8 - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Edcation and Care (CW748) at Carlow IT and BA (Hons) Early Childhood Care and Education at
    Sligo IT (SG242)

    Employment Opportunities

    Successful graduates of the course are eligible to work in a variety of settings which include -
    • Playschool
    • Crèche
    • Montessori
    • After school clubs

  • Graduates may also gain employment working as nannies or au pairs

Course content

Modules include:

• Child Development
• Early Care & Education Practice
• Child Health & Well Being
• Early Childhood Education & Play
• Children with Additional Needs
• Nutrition
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Occupational First Aid

Please note students will complete the required 8 modules in order to obtain a full level 5 certificate.


On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following awards:

• QQI Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education–Level 5 (5M2009)
• Certificate in Occupational First Aid     with Child CPR

Course Leaflet

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