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Stage One Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Childcare Level 5) NL12123

Is This Course For You?

This one-year professional programme facilitates suitable adults in acquiring the qualifications necessary for employment in the childcare sector and as Classroom Assistants or Special Needs Assistants. 

Entry Requirements for PLC

Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
» Leaving Certificate Applied or
» QQI/FETAC Level 4 award or
» Others including mature students:
Assessed individually and
» Garda vetting application, and
» Personal interview


What Will I Study?

Stage 1

» Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care 5C21523
» Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulations 5C21524
» Holistic Care of Children 0-6 Years 5C21525
» Early Childhood Growth and Development 5C21526
» Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies 5C21527
» Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs 5C21528

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 5) NL12123

Career Opportunities and Progression

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

Course Code: 


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