Childhood Education and Training

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Childhood Education and Training 5M3635

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Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May

The emphasis of this course is to enable the learner to gain an understanding of working with groups within the early years education sector. This will involve delivering workshops and training courses aimed at providers and users of Early Childhood Services.

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress 
to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third level
 progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced.
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Course Features

  • Practical Demonstrations and workshops
  • Work experience
  • Educational outings
  • Guest speakers
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library


  • Interpersonal & Group behaviour
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Concepts in Education & Training
  • Psychology
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Psychology of People
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Employment Opportunities

  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Early Childhood Sector
  • Curriculum development assistant
  • Family support worker
  • Delivering parenting courses
  • Co-ordinator of Free Pre-School year (ECCE scheme) in services
  • Advising and implementing Aistear and Síolta programmes
  • Start your own Childcare service

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA, or relevant experience
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements