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Early Childcare Education

Course Description

This course is designed to equip learners with the skills required to gain employment in a variety of childcare settings. The course covers all aspects of working with children. It will suit both school leavers and mature students who are interested in working with children.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Communications Level 5
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work experience forms an integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Successful students can expect to gain employment in a wide range of ECCE settings including: childminder, crèche assistant, nursery assistant, playschool, pre-schools, montessori schools, after school services, day care centres, private homes, primary schools.  . 

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 

Graduates may opt to continue their studies to the QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education in Kerry College of Further Education.

Also, graduates may alternatively progress to third level studies in IOTs and Universities.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education - 5M2009
  • A First-Aid Certificate

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