Early Learning and Care (Childcare) ELC

The aim of this one-year full-time equivalent programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently and as part of a team, subject to practice supervision, as a member of the early learning and care community of practice, providing holistic care and learning experiences for children from birth to six years across a range of early learning and care settings. This award also provides the learner with the opportunity to progress into further and higher education and training.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • High-level skills training
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Highly experienced Early Years team

Course Content

  • Professional Practice placement in Early Learning and Care
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulations
  • Holistic Care of Children 0-6 years
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • After School Services
  • Crèches Assistant
  • Nurseries Assistant
  • Pre-schools and Playschools
  • Primary Schools Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant
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Entry Requirements

  1. Leaving Certificate including Leaving Certificate Applied or other qualifications equivalent to a QQI major award at level 4.
  2. English language – Speakers of English as a second language must have a B2 in writing, reading, listening and speaking from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme.
  3. Prospective learners will be expected to demonstrate:
    • a desire to work in the early learning care sector
    • an ability to act with responsibility and autonomy
    • an ability to take responsibility for their own learning while under supervision


  • QQI ELC Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473


Additional Costs

Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, average costs are:

  • Uniform Polo Shirts €40
  • Course Text Books Published by Boru Press €135 typical price

Full details of what is required are available at interview and induction

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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Coordinator: Fiona Maher

PLSS Code: 347560

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.