Early Childhood Care & Education

Childcare Department

Course Structure

Course Overview

Are you interested in working as an early learning practitioner? This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work competently, safely and effectively with young children in a childcare setting.

As part of their course students are expected to do work experience one day a week as well as additional blocks of one or two weeks during the year.   

Course Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate / Leaving Cert Applied required

  • Mature students are welcome

  • All applicants will be interviewed 


Modules List

  • Child Development

  • Child Health & Wellbeing

  • Early Care & Education Practice

  • PAediatric First Aid

  • Early Childhood Education and Play

  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood

  • Communications

  • Work Experience

  • Health and Safety 

Careers and Opportunities 

Students who successfully achieve their qualification in Early Childhood Education can work in Pre-School Centres, Day Nurseries, Creches, Child Care Residential Centres, Hospitals and also as Nannies.

Further Study Opportunities

  • QQI Level 6 Supervision in Childcare Award in Marino College of Further Education 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Years Care Education (Level 7) in Athlone Institute of Technology 

  • BA Early Childhood- Teaching and Learning (Level 8) in NUI Maynooth 

  • BA Hons in Early Childhood Education (Level 8) in National College of Ireland  

Student Testimonials / Where are they now? 

Some of our graduates progressed onto degree courses in Early Childhood Education. Others continued onto the Level 6 Supervision course in Marino and are now in managerial positions in childcare settings. A small number have gone on to set up their own childcare businesses.


Course Requirements

Course Code
QQI Level 5 Childcare Award
One Year | Full-Time


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+ The courses are a great gateway to amazing career opportunities

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