Project Description

Early Learning and Care

A career in childcare and early years education is highly rewarding, but requires detailed knowledge, competencies and skills. This course offers a comprehensive preparation for a career in early years care and education. You will receive practical training, and develop a comprehensive understanding of childcare theory and legislation. As part of the course, you will undertake placements in childcare settings.

Successful students are awarded an internationally recognised qualification. This qualification allows you to work in a variety of childcare and special needs settings. Our course can provide a stepping-stone to work, or to further study including an early childhood studies degree.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • High-level skills training
  • Professional practice education
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Highly experienced Childcare team
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

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

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • After School Services
  • Au pair Work
  • Crèches Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Nurseries Assistant
  • Pre-schools & Playschools
  • Primary Schools Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistants
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Entry Requirements


  • Level 5 Certificate Early Learning and Care leading to the NFQ Level 5 QQI Certificate in Early Learning and Care. This is a one-year full-time programme.
    QQI are revising the underpinning award for this programme, the detail here is an indication of possible content, but is subject to change in line with QQI


Garda Vetting
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PLSS Code: 305010
Coordinator: Fiona Maher

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.