Early Childhood Care and Education (General)

Course Description


This programme will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a Childcare Assistant in a creche, playgroup, after-school day care, or similar setting.

The focus of the programme is to develop the interpersonal, social and practical skills necessary to work in early years education.

Course Content

  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Nutrition
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Please note that the combination of components outlined above may be subject to revision.


QQI Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 - Level 5

Progression / Employment

Students will acquire the skills necessary to take up employment as a childcare assistant in a variety of childcare settings.

Students may be eligible to apply to Third Level Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  Links to third level from Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Entry Requirements

Ordinary Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent. All applicants must have two references and are subject to individual and group interview. Applications are welcome from mature students with relevant experience.

Please download the Garda Vetting Application Form and bring the completed form to your interview.

Parent/Guardian consent form (for students who are under 18)