Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5

Certification: Early Childhood Care and Education QQI Level 5 (5M2009)


This qualification allows you to work in a variety of childcare settings or as a special needs assistant.


1 year Full Time

Course Outline


  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Communications
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Work Experience


Entry Level

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements. Students will need to undergo the Garda Vetting process.

Career Opportunities and Progression

Learners who successfully complete the Level 5 (5M2009) Early Childhood Care & Education Major Award will have many specialised opportunities available to them. Professional routes include working as an assistant in:


  • Pre-School Centres
  • Crèches
  • After school clubs
  • Childcare Residential Centres
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Child-minders/Nannies.




Academic Progression:

  • Longford college of Further Education-Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 6)
  • Athlone Institute of Technology BA in Child Studies Management (Level 7)
  • Sligo Institute of Technology BA in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8)


Course Co-ordinator

Ciara Brady: cbrady.tcl@lwetb.ie