Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

This is a one year full-time course designed to provide students with essential skills and a well recognised qualification to work in the Childcare sector. Students are qualified to go directly into work or progress to further education

Entry requirements: 

Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert applied. Mature students may also apply. Interview also required. All students are required to have Garda Clearance.


Arrangements For New Student Grant Applications.

An  ONLINE ONLY student grant application system has been introduced. All NEW applications will be made online
to a single awarding authority, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland),through www.studentfinance.ie


Students pay a fee which covers registration, examination fees, course materials, administration, and additional certification. Precise details available on request. 

Course certification: 

Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 FETAC Level 5

Course content: 
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Communications
  • Work Experience – 4 weeks working with 0-6year olds in a childcare setting
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Social Studies
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • Children with Additional & Special  Needs
  • Career Guidance

Work Experience: Students are placed by the college in a suitable setting working with 0-6 year  olds for a period of 4 weeks

Course duration:1 year Full-time. September – May 

Career prospects: 


Through the Higher Education Links Scheme (H.E.L.S.) and the Pilot Scheme graduates may progress to a variety of college degree courses e.g. Social Studies: Sligo I.T., Athlone I.T., Early Childhood Degree: Sligo I.T., Social Science: NUI Maynooth. Early Childhood Studies: Carlow, Early Childhood Care & Education: D.I.T., B.S.C. in Education & Training, DCU.

Students with full FETAC Level 5 Certification may progress to a level 6 Supervision in Childcare course- They may also apply to a range of Higher Education Institutions through the Higher Education Links Scheme.




Co-ordinator: noeleenclifford@gmail.comor school secretary 0719143476

Interviews are held in May & August and due to the popularity of the course early application is advisable