Early Learning & Care (Childcare Year)

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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 )

Course Content

  • 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


All applicants will be required to attend for interview. Learners are required to complete 150 hours on Professional Practice Placement and must undergo Garda Vetting prior to going on Placement.

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 Professional Award in Early Learning and 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 degree programmes 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 Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

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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