5M21473 Early Learning & Care Stage 1 (Level 5)
6M21471 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care
The Early Learning and Care course is designed to equip the learner with the personal skills, knowledge and competence required for working with children in a professional manner, within Early Childhood Care and Education settings. The course aims to equip the learner with the necessary skills required for assisting children with General Learning Difficulties (GLD) and Specific Learning Difficulties (SPLD). This course promotes the highest standards of good practice, equality of opportunity, an inclusive approach to curriculum development and respect for diversity in lifestyle, religion, and culture.
Certificate in Early Learning & Care Stage 1 QQI Level 5 (5M21473) – Year 1
Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education QQI Level 6 (6M2007) – Year 2
Upon successful completion of this course, students are qualified for employment as Child Care workers in Early Childhood Care and Education settings. On successful completion of the two years students will have the qualifications necessary for employment as pre-school leader and room leader rolls in Early Childhood settings.
Graduates from this course may gain entry to Year 2 in National College of Ireland’s BA in Early Childhood Education and also to Degree Programmes in a number of Institutes of Technology with related courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme.
ITB BA Early Childhood Care and Education (L7& L8)
TU BA Early Childhood Education
NCI BA Early Childhood Education
1-2 years (September to May)
Those who prefer to finish after one year can achieve a Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care on successful completion of all modules. Alternatively, learners can progress onto Year 2 for a Level 6 Certificate.
Year 1: €370
Year 2: €300
This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.