ELC- Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care Part-time Day | 5N21474

Course modules

5C21523 Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care
5C21524 Children's Rights, Legislation, and Regulation
5C21525 Holistic Care of Children (0-6)
5C21526 Early Childhood Growth and Development
5C21527 Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
5C21528 Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

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Course Information

This is an exciting and new qualification for Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland. Be one of the first to graduate with this new recognised award for working in the childcare sectore.


The course is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification . The course also provides students with the opportunity to pursue further or higher education and employment.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or
  • Leaving Certificate Applied or
  • Other major award equivalent to level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications

English Language Requirement– B2 Certificate for those whose first language is not English

Prospective Learners will be expected to demonstrate; 

  • a desire to work in the early learning care sector
  • an ability to act with responsibility and autonomy
  • an ability to take responsibility for their own learning and while under supervision


ELC- Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care


Part-time course over two years.


Work Experience Placement

Work experience is a core element of this programme. Students will be required to complete 150 hours of work experience throughout the course, which they will be required to organise themselves.

Garda Vetting

All students need to be Garda Vetted for this course, which will be processed through the Adult Education Service.

  • Eligibility

    This course is funded under BTEI funding. In order to be eligible, applicants must be;

    • An Early School leaver, and/or
    • In receipt of a Social Welfare Payment or
    • Have a GP or Medical Card
    • Students can pay a fee if they are not eligible for funding
    • Signing for Credits


This course takes place in Balbriggan and Swords.