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Early Childhood Care and Education

QQI Level 5 Childcare (5M2009)


This one-year programme facilitates suitable adults in acquiring the qualifications necessary for employment in the childcare sector and as Classroom Assistants or Special Needs Assistants.

The Childcare Level-5 programme is delivered under the Post Leaving Certificate Programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level
  • Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
  • Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Early Care and Education Practice, Early Childhood Education and Play, Child Health and Wellbeing, Creative Arts for Early Childhood, Special Needs Assisting, Work Experience, Communications and Child Development.



Career Opportunities/Progression

Graduates go on to secure employment in crèches, as Special Needs Assistants and as registered child minders. Some graduates are self-employed owners of childcare facilities. Others choose to progress to Higher Education and training.


1 Year

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