Course Description

Early Care & Education Practice (QQI Level 5)

The Early Care & 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.

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • be aware of the history and current status of childcare provision in Ireland
  • recognise the importance of certain personal qualities and values for those working with children
  • understand the entitlements and responsibilities of a childcare employee
  • appreciate the need for continuing professional development in childcare, drawing on personal reflection and experience
  • promote equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in the childcare setting
  • appreciate the importance of working effectively with parents and as part of a childcare team.


Topics covered include:

Unit 1: Working in Childcare

Unit 2: Key Legislation in Childcare

Unit 3: Equality and Diversity Issues in Childcare

Unit 4. Working in Childcare

Unit 5. Professional Development for the Childcare Worker.


CollegeThe Open College
Course LocationLeopardstown, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 18
Course CategoryChildcare, Educational & Teacher Training
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 5 component Certificate in Early Care & Education Practice (5N1770)
Course Duration8 weeks
Course TimeThis  Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770 (QQI Level 5) course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Course Fee295
Entry RequirementsLeaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare/Childcare/Sports) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. Learners will be required to undertake a practical supervised work placement (30 hours minimum) within the relevant vocational area. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. 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. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 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.
Carear PathThis course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Learners can use this credit towards completing the Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education – 5M2009.
Phone+353 1 206 1828
Course Code5N1770
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D18KX34

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