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Cavan Institute
Early Learning and Care

This two-year Early Learning and Care programme will provide learners with the knowledge skills and competencies associated with the practical, social and legal aspects of the early learning and care profession.

Early Learning and Care

5M21473

Course Fees

€540

This two-year Early Learning and Care programme will provide learners with the knowledge skills and competencies associated with the practical, social and legal aspects of the early learning and care profession. Learners who wish to exit the award at stage 1 will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473.  As part of the early learning and care programme, learners undertake extensive professional practice placement (150 hours) in at least two early learning and care settings at both stage 1 and stage 2.  The ELC settings include those which cater for children from birth to 2 years 8 months and those which cater for children from 2 years 8 months to 6 years.  All early learning and care settings in Ireland require their employees to have a QQI level 5 early learning and care qualification, as a minimum, in line with the legislative requirements for the sector. This qualification allows you to work in a variety of early learning and care settings.

NB – It is important to note that the six mandatory programme modules are not accredited awards in their own right.  The level 5 certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded on successful completion of all the 6 mandatory programme modules.

About This Course

Course Content

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English require proficiency at B2 standard on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages(CEFRL) level.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Upon successful completion of Stage 1 of this programme, learners can progress to Stage 2, the level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.


Elsewhere: 

Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to 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 early learning and care will give learners a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employment in the early learning and care sector.

Certification

QQI Level  6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded to graduates upon successful completion of stage 2 (year 2) of this programme. Learners who wish to exit the award at the end of stage 1 (year 1) will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care upon successful completion of stage 1 of the programme.

Award code: 5M21473

5M21473

QQI Level  6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded to graduates upon successful completion of stage 2 (year 2) of this programme. Learners who wish to exit the award at the end of stage 1 (year 1) will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care upon successful completion of stage 1 of the programme.

Award code: 5M21473

Stage 1 -embedded Level 5 certificate on successful completion of year 1

  • Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care

  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation

  • Early Childhood Growth and Development

  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies

  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

  • Holistic Care of Children (birth to six years)

Stage 2 - advanced certificate upon successful completion of year 2

  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care

  • Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care

  • The Developing Child

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Inclusive Early Learning and Care

  • Supervision and Administration Skills in Early Learning and Care


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