Course Description:

This part-time Childcare course prepares learners to start  working in early years settings. Participants who successfully complete all eight modules will achieve the QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award (5M2009). It is ideal for people who want to gain a formal qualification that enables them to seek rewarding work in this vibrant sector. 

Principal Areas of Study:

Term 2 2020 | Early Care & Education Practice  5N1770 (9.15) | Work Experience 5N1356 (11.30) [Remote Access Course – Ongoing)

Term 4 2020 | Communications 5N0690 (9.15) | Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 (11.30)

Term 1 2021 | School Age Childcare 5N1781 (9.15) | Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773 (11.30)

Term 2 2021 | Child Development 5N1764 (9.15) | Child Health and Well Being 5N1765 (11.30)

(Modules Offered May be Subject to Change)

Certification: QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Places Available: 14

Course Duration: Four Terms to complete all 8 modules

Two modules are run each term. All eight modules are required to achieve the Major Award. Terms run from January to March, April to June and September to December. Subject to places being available, learners can start in January, April or September.

Features of this course:

  • Part-time (one morning per week)
  • Work Experience
  • Garda Vetting
  • Small Class Size


  • Early Childhood Care and Education – QQI Level 6 (Liberties College and other ETB Colleges)
  • Early Childhood Care and Education – Level 7 and 8 Degree Courses (TU Dubin and Marino Institute of Education


  • Childcare Creches
  • Nurseries
  • Playgroups
  • Play Assistants

Entry Requirements:

  • Assessment
  • Interview

Please contact the Centre for the next assessment and interview date.  While no previous experience in childcare is required, applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in a future career in childcare or related areas.

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