QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education - Code 5M2009


1 year Full-time


These courses are designed for students wishing to work with young children whatever your chosen setting.  They are suitable for both school leavers and for mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. 
  • A specific interest in Childcare is essential.
  • For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours)
Elective Modules
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Safety and Health at Work

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

A period of 120 hours work experience is required for this programme.  This may take the form of one day per week for the academic year and/or a block release.  The College will inform the students of the format in September

Career Opportunities

A professional qualification in ECCE is now a pre-requisite to working in the ever-expanding childcare area.  The successful candidate would be qualified to work in a privately run Nursery, Voluntary ECCE Setting, Hospital or Early Start Centre.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 (available in the College) or
  • DIT, DT572 Early Childhood Education
  • IT Blanchardstown, BN118 Early Childhood Education
  • NCI, BA (Honours) Early Childhood Education