• Code: HD
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)
    • First Aid(BIFE)
  • Duration: One Year


This course investigates the development, learning and support required during the first 6 years of life. Successful learners are awarded a nationally and internationally recognised certificate in the theory and practice of Early Childhood Care and Education. The learner will gain knowledge, skills and the competence to work under supervision and independently in a range of Early Childhood Care and Education settings. This award provides a link to Early Childhood Care and Education Degree Programmes in Ireland through the CAO system. It can also be a stepping stone into our Level 6 Supervision in Early Childhood Education and Care programme.

Programme of Study
  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well-Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Children with Additional Needs

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full FETAC Level 4 Award in the area of Childcare with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will beconsidered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview. Garda vetting and 2 references are necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • ECCE workers in Pre-Schools & Crèches,
  • Classroom assistants,
  • Special needs assistants,
  • Nanny/Au pair
Higher Education Progression*


  • Early Childhood Care and Education (DT572)

IT Carlow:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education (CW748)


  • Early Childhood Care and Education (CK111)


  • Early Childhood Care & Education (QQI Level 6)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Eithne Fitzgerald

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

 "I really have enjoyed my time studying in BIFE. My education journey through Early Childhood Care and Education began with the level 5 course. The subjects in level 5 lay the core knowledge that every practitioner needs to know. This course has helped me discover so many different career paths and opportunities that are within the ECCE sector. The dedicated teachers helped me to develop my love and knowledge for the ECCE sector throughout the year. This has brought me to my next step where I am currently studying Supervision in Early Childhood Care & Education Advanced, level 6 in BIFE. I hope to continue my educational journey to study for my degree in the Rathnew campus of Carlow IT." - Emer Ryan 

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