This course will not be open to new applicants in 2021/22.

Course duration One Year- QQI Level 5

Do you like children? Could you see yourself having a career working with them?

Are you curious as to why children do particular things at particular times?

Then this is the course for you. Early Childhood Care and Education will give you the necessary skills to pursue a career as a professional Childcare worker.  From December 2016 there will be a legal requirement for those working in the Early Years sector to have a recognised and appropriate childcare qualification from attending a Childcare Course.  A major award at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications is necessary for those wishing to work in the sector in any capacity.

The focus of the course is the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old in a socio-cultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. A range of local and international perspectives are taken including: children’s rights, children’s health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. The course therefore draws on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.


QQI National Vocational Certificate in Level 5 in Childcare

Work Experience

Work Experience is integral part of this course. There is a requirement for 120 hours work experience in a childcare setting.


Course Content

Child Development, Child Health and Well Being, Early Care and Education Practice, Early Childhood Education and Play, Work Experience, Communications’ Creative Arts for Early Childhood, Special Needs Assisting, School Age Childcare, Word Processing.

 Career Options

Students obtaining certification is this course may access further and higher education links in the areas of Childcare. Otherwise they can enter direct employment in areas such as:

  • Crèche
  • Child-minder
  • Preschool’s


Modules Offered

5N1764 Child Development

5N1765 Child Health and Well Being

5N1770 Early Care and Education Practice

5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play

5N1356 Work Experience

5N0690 Communications

5N1769 Creative Arts for Early Childhood

5N1786 Special Needs Assisting

5N1781 School Age Childcare

Word Processing