Early Learning and Care (Childcare Year 1)

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Course Content

E a r ly L e a r n i n g a n d C a r e ( C h i l d c a r e )
  • Professional Practice Placement in ELC
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation
  • Holistic Care of Children (Birth to Six Years)
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs
  • Early Years Educator
  • AIM Support Worker

Course Description

Our Advanced Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care will provide the student with a professional qualification now required to work in the ELC sector. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children in a variety of settings. Students will gain an insight into how children learn and develop, through class participation and professional practice placement. This award also provides students with the opportunity to progress into higher education and employment. Successful graduates can progress straight into employment or can continue their studies in Early Learning and Care by progressing to year 2 in OFI.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning Care

Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in range of early education settings across the public and private sector 

Childcare Assistant | Special Needs Assistant | Classroom Assistant | Early Years Educator |
Preschool Assistant | Child minding | Afterschool Assistant | Montessori Teacher


A landmark in funding was €1,025 Billion allocated for the ELC sector in Budget 2023

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of third-level degree programmes in Universities or Institutes of Technology including:

DkIT | Early Childhood Studies | Level 8
DkIT | Social Care | Level 8
NUIG | Early Childhood Studies and Practice | Level 8
TU Dublin | Early Childhood Care and Education | Level 8
DCU | Early Childhood Education | Level 8
DCU | Education and Training | Level 8

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Deposit of €30 (non-refundable).

Registration fee €70.

Total Fees – €100

To secure your place you must pay a registration fee of €100 of which €70 is refundable to you should you decide not to take your place in September 2024. Essential course materials may be required for some courses, the cost of which will be borne by the student.

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I carried out my work experience in Tiny Tots Creche and Preschool which I really enjoyed. When I finished my course, I applied for a position as an Early Years Teacher and started in September. I plan to continue to study for my level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education while working. I would definitely recommend doing this course if you are interested in working with children or with children with special needs. The teachers are very helpful and approachable.

Amy Caul Early Childhood Care & Education Graduate, 2018