This one year Level 5 QQI programme in Early Learning and Care provides a foundation in Early Childhood Studies for 0 – 6 year old child. It provides an opportunity to progress to employment or further study in Early Learning and Care Sector.  This course contains a mix of practical and theoretical elements with workshops organised throughout the year.

Course Outline:

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

Course Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
  • Garda vetting must be successfully completed.
  • Police Clearance required if lived abroad for more than 6 months over the age of 18 years.

Student Testimonial:


“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Castlebar College of Further Education which was largely down to the atmosphere within the college. Each teacher was so helpful in making me feel comfortable as well as working so hard to help me with my academic studies. They did so much to develop and encourage my skills in a variety of areas some of which I had never come across before. After completing my studies in Childcare, I was fortunate to gain employment in the area for a number of years. I then went on to study Social Care in GMIT. The knowledge and skills, particularly around academic writing and referencing, which I gained at CCFE were a huge advantage to me throughout my studies and career in social care”.


There are no fees to study this course.



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