The demand for qualified childcare professionals has increased significantly in recent years. This course in childcare offers a comprehensive preparation for a career in early years care and education.



Course Fees


Students receive training in practical, social and legal aspects of the profession. A qualification in childcare is a requirement for childcare staff under the government's Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. This qualification allows you to work in a variety of childcare settings or as a special needs assistant. As part of the childcare course, students undertake placement in a range of childcare settings. All childcare settings in Ireland require their employees to have a QQI level 5 childcare qualification, as a minimum, in line with the requirements of the ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) scheme and new legislative requirements for the sector.

About This Course

Course Content

Approaches to Early Childhood Education 

Child Health and Well Being 

Creative Arts for Early Childhood 

Early Care and Education Practice 

Work Experience

Child Development 


Early Childhood Education and Play 

Infant and Toddler Years

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates of this course in Childcare may progress to the level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education. 


Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

This course in Childcare will give students a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employ­ment in the childcare sector.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education