National Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education – Level 5

Early Childhood Care and Education – including special needs assisting (SNA) Level 5

Aim of the Course

This is a one year full-time Childcare Course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of
childcare. Graduates are also qualified to seek employment as Classroom Assistants (SNAs) in Primary and Secondary Schools.


QQI Level 5 Childcare 5M2009. Certificate in Occupational First Aid.

Course Content

This course introduces students to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students attend college four days per week 9:00 am to 1:15 pm and gain first hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements in a variety of settings, one day a week 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Participants will study the following modules:

  • child development
  • early care and education practice
  • early childhood education and play
  • child health and well-being
  • work experience
  • customer service
  • special needs assisting
  • creative arts for early childhood
  • occupational first aid


One year full-time course from September to mid May. Classes are timetabled between 9:00 am and 1:15 pm Monday to Thursday. Work experience takes place on Friday.

Work Experience

The work experience requirement for this programme is a minimum of 120 hours/16 days.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent. If you are over twenty-one, you can apply to enroll as a mature student on the basis of your age and experience. The learner must be Garda vetted to participate fully on this programme.

Progression / Further Education

limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on ordinary degree and honours degree courses in third level colleges for students who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Course. Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on and

Course Fees

As the course is NDP funded, there are no tuition fees. However, the following are payable:

  • €20 non-refundable administration fee with your application form
  • €100 registration fee on commencement of the course
  • €200 contribution to the Department of Education & Skills; see here for exemptions
  • €50 exam fees payable in January; see here for exemptions
  • €40 Manual Handling payable in mid-September;
  • €110 for Occupational First Aid payable by the

    end of November.

  • Some modules will require the purchase of a text book

Grants and Social Welfare

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: please check Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

About This Course

durationOne year full-time course from September to mid May
Course id5M2009
Start date11 Sep 2017
LocationEnnis College of Further Education

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