QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009

Our Early Childhood Care & Education programme provides training in all aspects of Childhood Care.  We prepare participants for jobs in Childcare by providing the skills, knowledge, competence and confidence required to work in this sector.  Course participants take a broad range of Early Childhood Care & Education modules resulting in a full major award at QQI Level 5.

Course Fee

The cost for individual modules is €195 (including examination fees) to be paid in full on registration’.  The cost for eight modules is €1280 which includes registration fee of €80 plus four installments of €300.   Payment Plan available.

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Course Content

Childcare   QQI Level 5     5M2009    

  • January   2017
    • Early Care and Education Practice – 5N1770
      • Commences Monday Sept 19th (12 Weeks) 7.00 – 9.30pm
    • Early Childhood Education and Play – 5N1773
      • Commences Wednesday Sept 21st (12 Weeks) 7.00 – 9.30pm
  •     September 2017
    • Child Health & Well Being – 5N1765
    • Work Experience – 5N1356 *
  •     January 2018
    • Child Development – 5N1764
    • Communications – 5N0609
  •          September 2018
    • Equality and Diversity in Childcare – 5N1775
    • Creative Arts for Early Childhood – 5N1769

Occupational First Aid (5N1207) may be studied in year 2 at an extra cost.

*Candidates must arrange and complete 120 hours of supervised work experience in a Childcare environment.

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Alternatively, you may prefer to study single modules.  Either way our experienced and dedicated tutors will provide you with all the support you need to achieve your goal.

Please note each module has a credit value of 15 and in order to achieve a major award in “Early Childhood Care and Education” you need to have 120 credits, together with 120 hours work experience.

Our courses prepare students for employment or progression to further studies.  Successful students may apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of third-level courses.  For full information please go to and contact the individual universities and colleges.

Early Care and Education Practice

This module gives an overview of Early Childhood Education in Ireland. The learner will examine some of the key educational approaches in early years and some key legislation. The learner will also learn about key policies and best practice in childcare settings.


Early Childhood Education and Play

This module looks at play and the valuable role it has in Early Years Education. During the module, the learner investigates different types of play, different theories on play and education in the early years. The learner will also examine the adult’s role in relation to promoting and facilitating children’s play.


Child Health and Well Being

This module centres around the general Health and Well Being of children. The learner will be equipped with the knowledge & skills to provide for the health and well being of young children and promote & maintain safe, healthy & hygienic practice in their work with children.


Work Experience

This module is a practical hands on way for students to go out into the childcare sector and gain valuable experience of the job that cannot be taught in a classroom. During the module, the learner will be equipped with the skills to write a CV & cover letter and become competent in professional practice, setting and achieving goals and much more to help prepare them for working in the childcare sector.


Child Development

This module looks at the Holistic development of children. During the module the learner will investigate key developmental theorists that have shaped child development approaches today. The learner will become skilled at consider all aspects of development and promoting positive learning experiences for children. Finally, the learner will explore different types of observation and learn how to use this as an important tool when working with young children.



This module focuses on different forms of communication and technology and it’s relevance and use in the Early Years Sector. During the module, learners will gain experience and understanding in areas such as verbal & non verbal communication and develop listening & speaking skills.


Equality and Diversity in Childcare

This module has a central focus on identifying issues around equality & diversity in childcare. We consider some key legislation relating to equality and we look at the provision of equality and diversity policies in a childcare setting. We also help learners to become aware of how they can promote equality & diversity in a childcare setting.


Creative Arts for Early Childhood

This module relates to the different types of art, music & drama and how to approach organising and planning these activities for young children. It allows the learner to gain experience in planning activities that are age appropriate, safe and allow valuable learning experience for children.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants under 23 are generally required to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, a full FETAC Level 4 award or equivalent.
  • An English language test may be required for international students from countries where English is not a first language. Students will be tested before any offer can be made.
  • Mature students and students with relevant work/life experience are also welcome to apply.
  • Places will be allocated on the basis of an interview.
  • The Closing Date for the receipt of applications for all courses for the September term is Thursday 15th September 2016.  Offer of places will be subject to completion of interview and the achievement of the minimum entry requirements.

How To Apply

  • Choose the course that’s right for you.
  • All course places are allocated by interview. Contact the Adult Education Office to arrange an interview.
  • Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on a course by post or by email.
  • A course place can then be reserved by paying €195 for individual modules or a registration fee of €80 when paying for 8 modules. Failure to pay a deposit may result in the place being offered to another applicant.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by letter/email of the registration and induction dates for their course. All students must attend the college for registration and induction.


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Cabinteely Adult Education is registered with QQI to offer courses leading to QQI awards at  Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  Our courses ensure students meet or exceed the legislative requirements of the workplace.  The QQI qualifications achieved through Cabinteely Adult Education are fully recognised by employers both nationally and internationally.