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Early Childhood Care and Education

Childcare 5M2009 NFQ Level 5


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 Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

VTOS provides general education and training opportunities for unemployed adults, by enabling them to retain their Social Welfare entitlements while in full-time study.

Entry Requirements for VTOS

•    Relevant prior experience, and
•    Garda vetting application, and
•    English language assessment, and
•    Personal interview

Entry Requirements for PLC

•    Leaving Certificate:  Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Garda vetting application, 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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