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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

ELC Stage 2 Certificate in Early Learning and Care

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21471
PLSS Code 414321 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This professional programme enables you to further develop the knowledge, skills and competence to work as autonomous practitioners, subject to practice supervision, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children 0-6 years. It facilitates students in acquiring the qualifications necessary for employment in the childcare sector and as Classroom Assistants or Special Needs Assistants. 

Entry Requirements

Completed Stage 1 Certificate in Early Learning & Care.  Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis, where special circumstances apply.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning & Care 
  • Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning & Care
  • The Developing Child
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Early Learning & Care
  • Supervision and Administration in Early Learning & Care 

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

Stage 2 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21471

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Graduates go on to secure employment in crèches, as Special Needs Assistants and as registered child minders. Some graduates are self-employed owners of childcare facilities. Others choose to progress to Higher Education and training.


This course will allow selected students to take advantage of a 3-week work experience programme in Italy. The opportunity to study abroad will enhance your college experience and boost your career opportunities. You will receive Erasmus + funding which will enable you to participate on the work experience programme.


1 Year

Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board