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Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied

For mature students experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview

1 year Full-time

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

About the course


This course is designed to train students wishing to work with young children. It is suitable for both school leavers and for mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Modules include

  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Communications
  • Safety and Health in the Workplace
  • Work Experience

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

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands


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