Early Child Care

Early childhood care & education

Community & Child Development Course Dublin

This very practical course offers training in the skills needed to work in the childcare profession. It is a preparation for those who wish to work with young children in a variety of pre-school settings and may also lead to work as a Special Needs Assistant in a school setting. It covers all aspects of childcare and leads to a full Level 5 award suitable for immediate entry into the workplace. There is a work experience module as part of the course, so students will already have practical, hands-on experience when they finish the course.

It is suitable both for school leavers and for adults who wish to return to education.

The course is for one academic year from September to May and classes are held from 9 a.m to 1p.m. (There are some full VTOS grants available to cover the cost of the course).

Modules Studied

  • Care support (5N0758)
  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Early care and education practice (5N1770)
  • Early childhood education and play (5N1773)
  • Child health and Well-Being (5N1765)
  • Special needs assisting (5N1786)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Safety and health at work (5N1794)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)


Learners have the opportunity to achieve certification in either Early childhood Care and Education or in Community Health Services in one year.


QQI Certificate in Community Health Services (5M2009) Level 5


QQI Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009) Level 5

First Aid Course

Practical First Aid Course offered every other year


This one year course provides certification at QQI level 5 in early childhood care and education (ECCE). It meets the requirements for the ECCE pre-school programme.


One year full time. Classes run from 9.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday.


Graduates from this course may apply for admission to an advanced certificate at level 6. Students may also apply after one year through the QQI links scheme for entry to diploma/degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Many of our past students are employed as Special Needs Assistants, community workers, and care assistants in hospitals, schools, homework clubs and a range of other settings.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be interviewed, there is no academic entry requirement. It is desirable that applicants be over 21 years of age.


Course Fee: €250


There are grants available to those students who are eligible to apply. Students may qualify for VTOS payments and PLC grants for mature students.

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