Part-time Early Learning and Care (Childcare) (Level 5)

This course offers a full award in Childcare over two years.  After one year, students will receive a certificate of modules covered. The course is suited to those intending to work with children. 


Two years part-time for the full award.  Students will receive a component certificate at the end of the first year.  



  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies (25 Credits)
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development (25 Credits)
  • Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care (25 Credits)
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation  (15 Credits)
  • Holistic Care of Children (Birth to Six Years) (15 Credits)
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs (15 Credits)
  • Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care (25 Credits)


NFQ Level 5 certificate in Early Learning and Care (5M21473) (120 FET credits)

Career Options

This course prepares students for work in the area of childcare as a childcare worker in a crèche, Montessori, playschool or as a childminder or au pair.

Third Level Progression

This course allows progression to a number of courses including:
  • Early Childhood Care and Education TU790 & TU989 and Applied Social Care TU997 in TU Dublin-Tallaght.
  • TU Dublin- City Centre Campus accept this course on their Early Childhood Education TU995 programme.
  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care TU791 and Community and Youth Development TU792 in TU Dublin- Blanchardstown
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Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 full major award or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience may be acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years old or over at the start of the course.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject area and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • CEFR B2 or higher competence in English for candidates whose first language is not English.
  • Garda vetting clearance is required for all students taking this course.


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The hours really suited alongside family life. The tutors are in tune with your needs returning to college as a mature student. The tutors take you under their wing and support and encourage you so that you can achieve anything if you are willing to put in the work. I found it was a very safe place. I feel I have grown in confidence in setting goals and achieving them.The courses Greenhills College run will open doors and possibilities you may have doubted yourself doing once before i.e. a University degree. I worked hard to receive a full house of Distinctions. This will open doors for me to gain employment in the childcare sector and further down the road to go to Tallaght Technological University to study Child Psychology.Emma Kilgannon (Class of 2021).