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Childcare & Early Learning

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QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009               Duration: 1 year
Pre -Hospital Emergency Care(PHEC) (Formerly First Aid)
Manual Handling

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Note: This course costs €385 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding.

What will I study?

  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Child Development
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment) On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

Applicants should have an interest in pre-school children and learning how to care for them professionally. You should be responsible, hardworking and organised. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Students are qualified to work in creches and similar Childcare settings.  Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.  Past students are studying in DCU, TU Dublin, TU Blanch and Carlow IT in the Early Childhood Education area. Students may also progress onto Childcare Level 6 (part time-Evening) in Killester College. See Evening courses on this website.Progression also offered to Montessori Ed. degree in SMSI.

Click this course code 5M2009 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

See what our Students say.

In the year 2018/2019, I did a Childcare/Montessori QQI Level 5 course in Killester College of Further Education. During this period, I made lifetime friends while studying my dream course. As I came straight from the leaving cert, this was a perfect transition for me. The class group was a perfect size and the tutors where excellent. No matter the occasion, the tutors were there to help. They devoted their time to us to enable us to be the best versions of ourselves. Although there were a fair few assignments t, there was constant support and encouragement.  If it was not for Killester College, I would not be where I am today. Five of us out of the course are now studying Early Childhood Education degree in DCU. It was a pleasure completing my Level 5 in Killester college and I will be eternally grateful for it.  Sarah Maher 2018-’19

Entry Requirements

A student seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Interview
  • For the purposes of Work Experience placements, students must be 18 years and over by the 31st October in year of entry due to HSE requirements.
  • Applicants should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort. Consequently, students with any back problems or other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course co-ordinator at enrolment.
    Garda Vetting Required: Yes

    Course Code 111

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