Early Childhood Care And Education

/, Level 5/Early Childhood Care And Education

This course is designed for those who wish to work with children under the age of 6 years. It is both a nationally and internationally recognised qualification and students who have successfully graduated are now working worldwide in the sector. The course covers a child’s overall development from conception until 6 years. Students get the opportunity to have hands-on experience and acquire the theory to support it. This qualification is the minimum requirement for those wishing to work in the area. Many additional features enrich the overall experience of the course.


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1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009

Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

€500 including QQI examination fees (Medical Card holders are exempt from €250)

  • Child Development 5N1764
  • Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770
  • Early Childhood Education & Play 5N1773
  • Child Health & Well-being 5N1765
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed and garda vetted. Police clearance is required for non-Irish nationals

  • Childcare seminars and conferences
  • Practical workshops in Siolta and Aistear
  • Child Protection training
  • Professional Guest Lectures
  • Educational Field Trips

CCOC QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate In Early Childhood Education 6M2007

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course.

Students are qualified as Assistant Early Childhood Practitioners in pre-schools and crèches, Special Needs Assistants and can work as a Child Minder in the home. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

“I would highly recommend the QQI level 5 Childcare course to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the youth work sector. The course is designed perfectly to give you all the knowledge required for working with children and the support from the teachers is second to none. I have been volunteering for youth clubs for 5 years and felt that I needed to get more education within this area. After completing this course it has opened doors to many other options in education and work.”

Michelle Murphy, Graduate Student

“I completed the FFTAC level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education in May 2016. I am currently working as a special needs assistant in a national school with children with severe and profound disabilities. I work 5 days a week from 9.15 – 2.00. As I had been out of education for a number of years (too long to mention) and been out of full time employment also as I was a full time mother I found the course a great foundation for going out into the work force. The content of the course meant I had become knowledgeable in childcare areas regarding holistic development, health, safety, creative arts and many other areas. The work experience was invaluable as it meant I became familiar with what was and would be required of me while working within the sector. Before staring the course I was given very valuable advice (by Monica) to keep on top of my work load and not too let things build, I took this advice most sincerely and whilst there where weeks I thought I’d never get through it, I ploughed on and with the help of the tutors and fellow class members I proudly completed the course and am very happy in full time employment till June 2017.”

Annie O'Donovan, Special Needs Assistant

“I am currently undertaking the Honours Bachelor Degree in Social Work, University College Cork. I knew I would have to do a course to upskill and prepare me for University in order to better my chances of acceptance into UCC. QQ1 Level 5 Childcare greatly enabled me to achieve this. Excellent placement opportunities settings are provided to students partaking in Level 5 Childcare. Both the Staff and students in my course ensured that I reached my full potential. My goal is to specialise in the Mental Health area of social work. I would highly recommend Level 5 Childcare to anybody considering furthering their education in order to gain access to professional levels of employment. There are a range of prospects in education and employment on completion of this cours e.g. within the social science field, Occupational Therapy or within the field of disability services for children. It is a great starting point to better enable you to achieve your goals, and with a bit of determination and support you will achieve them.”

Grainne McCarthy, Student