Childhood Studies (with Special Needs and Drama) Level 5

Childcare 5

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Course Co-ordinator:  Deirdre Dowling

Award Code:  5M2009

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that aims to give students an insight and understanding of the developing child from 0-7 years and prepares students to work with children through play in a variety of childcare settings as an intermediate practitioner.

Component Awards:

  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770)
  • Early Childhood Education and Play (5N1773)
  • Child Health and Well Being (5N1765)
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood (5N1769)
  • Understanding Special Needs (5N1709)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Garda clearance is a requirement.
  • Relevant work experience desirable.


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education in the fields of Early Childhood Education.
  • Progression to the Level 6 programme in Early Childhood Care and Education at Ormonde College of Further Education.
  • Direct entry to employment positions in crèches, nurseries, playgroups, au pairing and as Special Needs Assistants.


Approximately €350 to cover the costs of textbooks and examination fees.

Additional Courses:

Learners have the option of additional short courses in Occupational First Aid (5N1207) and Paediatrics.  Learners will also have the opportunity to participate in Drama and Art workshops.