Early Learning and Care (Level 5)


This course provides students with a qualification in Childcare which includes Special Needs Assistant.


One year, full time.


  • Early Care and Education Practice (5N1770)
  • Early Childhood Education and Play (5N1773)
  • Child Health and Well Being (5N1765)
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood (5N1769)
  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690 )


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI (5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education)

Career Options:

This course prepares students for work in the area of childcare as a childcare worker in a crèche or as a childminder as well as employment as a Special Needs Assistant/Inclusion Support Assistant in a Primary or Second-level school.

Third Level Progression:

  • This course allows progression to a large number of Degrees in Maynooth University including Early Childhood Teaching MH801.
  • There are numerous Degrees that allow progression in UCD including Social Policy DN750 and Psychology DN720.
  • Students may also apply for progression to DCU to study Early Childhood Education or Social Care Practice TA025 in IT Tallaght.
  • DIT accept this course on their Early Childhood Education DT572 and Social Care DT571 programmes.

There are many more opportunities for college progression.

Please contact guidancecounselling@greenhillscollege.ie with any queries.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, QQI Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience is acceptable for mature students.

Students should be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

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