QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Accredited Training in Lámh Sign Language
Child Protection Training
Occupational First Aid Certificate in Manual Handling
Membership of AMI Association Montessori Internationale

Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, we offer an Early Childhood Care and Education including Montessori course, which equips the learner with the practical skills necessary for employment in the Early Childhood Education sector. This course will involve an intensive study of the Maria Montessori method. This includes a range of core and specialist subjects, enabling the learner to pursue their particular interest in this approach to this pre-school curriculum.

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. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Course Features

  • Use of specialised equipment and materials as required by the Maria Montessori approach in an Early Learning Environment
  • Workshops in the five main Montessori disciplines: Practical Life, Mathematics, Language, Sensorial and Cultural
  • Practical Workshops in Síolta and Aistear
  • Interactive sessions using art, drama and music
  • Mindfulness in the classroom
  • Practical demonstrations in care routines and use of early childhood materials
  • Educational outings, field trips and guest speakers
  • Continuous assessment of course work
  • Garda Vetting for Work Experience


  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Child Health and Well-Being
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Work Experience and Communications

Related Courses

Course Facilities

  • Fully equipped Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) suite
  • Access to College gym facilities, changing room, showers and lockers
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and library
  • Wifi and Moodle

Work Experience

Learners will undertake organised work placements in Montessori Schools and/or in a variety of Tusla approved Childcare Services and Primary schools.

Employment Opportunities

  • Montessori Pre Schools and Schools
  • Private Crèches
  • Community Playgroups
  • Primary Schools – Early Start Schools
  • Centres offering ECCE free pre-school years

Educational Progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

  • DT572 Early Childhood Education – Dublin Institute of Technology
  • DC235 Education and Training – Dublin city University
  • DC001 Early Childhood Education – Dublin City University
  • CM020 Early Childhood Education – Marino Institute of Education
  • CM010 Education Studies – Marino Institute of Education
  • BN1180 Early Childhood Care and Education – Blanchardstown Institute of Technology
  • CW748 Early Childhood Education and Care – IT  Carlow

Private Colleges

  • Montessori Education – St Nicholas Montessori College
  • Montessori Education – Portobello Institute
  • Early Childhood Studies – Portobello Institute
  • Montessori Teaching – Portobello Institute

Please visit to review additional progression options.

Entry Requirements

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