Early Childhood Care & Education – (QQI Level 5 Major Award) by Attendance Learning

2,100.00 1,650.00

  • Course Fee: €1,485 and €165 registration & certification fee. No other fees to pay!
  • Commencing from: September 5th 2017 in Dublin & Cork. See “Location & Dates” below for more details.
  • Award: QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education (5M2009).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 120 credits.
  • Format: Attendance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Sector Requirements: From September 2016, All staff in existing childcare services must have a level 5 qualification in early childhood care and education, and team leaders will have to have a Level 6 qualification (or equivalent).
  • Students can complete this course within 12 months which is ample time.
  • Easy Payment Option – Only €165 per month over 10 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. No other fees to pay! Call us on 01 2061828 to avail of this offer.

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 Childcare Major award Programme is designed to prepare you to work in a supervised role, competently, safely and effectively with children aged 0 – 6 years. The course is designed to emphasise the integrated nature of work with young children. It will also prepare you to work in a wide range of settings with different professionals and volunteers, recognising and valuing the importance of all of them in providing a service for children and their families.

This childcare programme is also structured to provide Graduates with the opportunity to progress to specialised courses in higher education.

The programme leads to the QQI Level 5 major award 5M2009 in Early Childhood Care and Education. Learners will need complete a total of 8 modules to achieve the award.

The programme duration is a combination of directed and self-directed learning activity including work placements. Please see “Location & Dates” for schedules and attendance times.


Some of the many benefits of studying with us on this Major Award Programme:

  • Pricing: Our Prices can’t be beaten – Why Pay more for the same QQI Award!
  • All student fees for this Major Award are fully secure and protected by a Bank Guarantee.
  • Interest Free Easy Payment Plan available with this course.
  • Our tutors are industry experienced and fully qualified.
  • We only offer QQI awards thus ensuring high Quality and Standards.
  • Transparent Pricing – We publish our Prices!
  • Gain your Award within 12 months. Our Programme is not stretched out and classes run during the summer.
  • Work placement Insurance can be covered by us in certain circumstances. Ask for details.
  • Garda Vetting service available.
  • Group Discounts Available: Enrol 2 + people together for €1,534 per learner (a further discount of 7% per person on the existing special offer price).


Learner Fund – Childcare Courses

Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, is now inviting Expressions of Interest from Training Providers for inclusion on the panel of Approved Training, and Applications from Learners for training subsidies for the purpose of the Learner Fund 2014-2015.

The Learner Fund 2014-2015 is being launched by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to enhance quality standards in Early Years services nationally.  The Learner Fund will provide funding in the form of a training subsidy to assist existing staff working directly with children in registered early years services to attain the mandatory minimum qualification requirements for September 2015.

From September 2015 all staff in Early Years services will need to have full Level 5 qualifications, and all Preschool (ECCE) Room Leaders will need a full Level 6 qualification.  These minimum qualification requirements will mean that established services have a limited period from now to ensure that all staff will be appropriately qualified.

How do I apply for the training subsidy?

See the Pobal website for information on how to apply for the training subsidy.

There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section.


Course Details


Who should complete this course?

The programme will cater for a variety of adult learners ranging from school leavers with no previous experience in the ECCE sector to more mature adults with relevant life or work experience. Some of the latter will have previously had some education and training in childcare. More mature adults will frequently be seeking new career opportunities, be working in the home or currently working in the child care sector. These will tend to opt for the part-time learning route to achieving the award. The programme will be open to both male and female learners although male participants will be in the minority. It will also attract learners from a variety of cultural backgrounds.


Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education
Requirement in Credit Value is 120

Students must complete 8 Mandatory Modules

Child Development – 5N1764*

This module is one of the mandatory modules required for obtaining the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.
On successful completion of this module learners will be equipped with knowledge, skill and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development and learning within Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings. 

This module covers the holistic development of the child including physical, emotional, social and moral, cognitive, language, spiritual, creative and cultural development. More……..


Early Care and Education Practice – 5N1770

This module is one of the mandatory modules required for obtaining the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.

The Early Care and Education Practice module is designed to equip the learner with the personal skills and knowledge required to work in a professional manner with children, parents and colleagues either in the home or a childcare setting. It aims to promote good practice, equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in lifestyles, religion and culture in early years care. More……..


Early Childhood Education and Play – 5N1773

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to ensure that each child’s learning development and well-being is facilitated through the provision of opportunities, experiences, activities, interaction, materials and equipment, having regard to the age and stage of development of the child and the child’s cultural context. More……..


Child Health and Well Being – 5N1765

This Child Health and Well Being award equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide for the health and well-being of children and maintain healthy, hygienic and safe practices and environments in a range of early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings.
Learners who successfully complete this module will:

  • understand the responsibilities involved in providing for the health and well-being of children
  • care for the physical needs of children in the ECCE setting
  • promote good practice in child health and well-being
  • maintain an environment for children that is healthy, hygienic and safe. More……


Communications – 5N0690

This Communication module will introduce the learner to the core competencies required to be a successful communicator. Looking at Verbal, Non Verbal and Written Communications and how they are used in the childcare setting and other aspects of day-to-day life. We will address peer to peer communications as well as looking at communications from a management point of view. More…..


Children with Additional Needs – 5N2396

This newly validated module is designed to enable the learner develop skills, gain knowledge and attitudes necessary to work with children who have additional needs. The learner will gain an understanding of the support needed to ensure children are fully included and integrated in a variety of care and educational environments. It aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the context of special needs, associated issues and approaches used as well as offering an overview of the legislation and policy development relating to children with additional needs in Ireland today. More……


Social Studies – 5N1370*

This Social Studies module equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting. It will introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general.  Learners will develop basic research skills and learn to recognise the complexity of social issues. More……


Work Experience – 5N1356

Work Experience is a planned experiential learning activity and is an integral part of an educational process. It involves learners preparing and planning for work, working under direction in a specific vocational area and reviewing and evaluating that work. The experience of work enables learners to develop work skills, evaluate employment opportunities and cope with changing work environments. More……


*Students taking this module will have to sit an examination that is normally held in Dublin
but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country.

All participants must have access to a professional Childcare environment to fulfill the assessment requirements of the course – which is at least 200 hours work experience.


Work Placements:

If students are not able to secure a Work Placement or provide Insurance for the duration required please contact us to discuss further as we may be able to assist students with placements and work place insurance in certain circumstances.

The Open College is also registered with the Garda vetting Unit and is in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service. There may be a delay in processing applications with the Garda Vetting Unit due to high demand so we advise you to complete the form on registration.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 4 Certificate, or Leaving Cert, or equivalent, or relevant life and work experience.
  • Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.
  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.
  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you.  You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 award towards completing the FETAC Advanced Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education – 5M2009.



  • A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of the course.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration. All assignments will be designed to maximize the individual participant’s skills in their career development All work submitted must be your own work.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, validated by a Verifier with an independent FETAC External Authenticator to complete the process.


Protection for Learners on this Childcare Level 5 Major Award

As a course provider our policy on the protection for learners is subject to Section 43 of the Qualifications Act. This means that if, for whatever reason, we cease to provide the programme that is over 3 months in duration which you enrolled for, we have specific and legally binding arrangements in place to finish out that programme for you at no extra cost. All course fees for programmes over 3 months in duration are fully protected and secured by a Bank Guarantee.

If we cease trading those learners who have not finished their programme will be fully protected by this Bank Guarantee which will be automatically triggered and the fund that covers all Fees paid by learners will be transferred to FETAC by our Bank to enable FETAC provide further study options for these learners or the refund of fees most recently paid so that they can complete their programme and all of this will be at no extra cost to the learners affected.


  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 Major award in Early Childhood Care & Education - 5M2009 from QQI.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €165.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Early Childhood Care & Education (5M2009) course is completed through Part-Time Attendance Learning.

Students have 12 months to complete this Childcare Major Award.


When & Where:

Our next Major award programme will run again from:

  • September 5th 2017 – Dublin
  • September 5th 2017 – Cork

Only 15 places available in each location.


Part Time – 10 months.

  • 2 nights per week: 6.30 – 9.30pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and
  • One full Saturday per month – 09.30 – 17.00.


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