It is now a requirement that all staff working directly with children must hold a minimum of QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (or equivalent). Throughout the course, students will gain experience in the childcare sector through work experience and class participation. On completion, opportunities may arise to work in the public and private sectors with children aged 0-6 years.
- Early Care & Education Practice
- Child Development
- Child Health & Wellbeing
- Work Experience
- Early Childhood Education & Play
- Creative Arts for Early Childhood
- Children with Additional Needs
- Special Needs Assisting
- Occupational First Aid
- Paediatric First Aid
All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.
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
Career Opportunities & Progression Routes
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
Student Services Costs: €200
Government Levy (PPC): €200
The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):
- Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
- Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
- Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
QQI Certification Charge:
- QQI Level 5 €50
- QQI Level 6 €80
Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.
Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.