Early Childhood Care & Education (BTEI)

QQI Award (LEVEL 5 – 5M2009)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefit.

This is a two year part time BTEI course. The part time course aims to give training, up-skilling and confidence to learners enabling them to take up meaningful work in the area of Childcare. Another option available is to pursue further studies in the Childcare area.

Course Content

Child Development, Early Care and Education Practice, Early Childhood Education and Play, Child Health and Well Being, Work Experience, Teamwork, Creative Arts for Early Childhood, IT Skills (Level 4)


QQI Level 5


2 years part time programme (Autumn – May)

Entry Requirements

All BTEI applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also. All students who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs. Students must apply for Garda Clearance at interview.


Successful learners may progress on to Level 6 or Further Education.

Career Opportunities

This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities in Childcare sector.

How to Apply

Apply online here or email btei@cdcfe.com for more information