Certificate in Early Learning and Care with Special Needs Assisting 5M21473 (412759)


The aim of this one-year full-time equivalent programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently and as part of a team, subject to direction and practice supervision, as a member of the early learning and care community of practice, providing holistic care and learning experiences for children from 0-6 years across a range of early learning and care settings.

This award also provides the learner with the opportunity to transfer and progress into further and higher education and training, including Stage Two of the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

**This programme leads to a new QQI award, the level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care


Entry Requirements
QQI L4 or equivalent for all Level 5 courses.
If the Leaving Certificate has been completed, details should be submitted with your application.
Mature learners may be exempt from the academic requirements.

A minimum English language and literacy competency of B2 in writing, reading, listening and speaking on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is required at entry to the programme for speakers of English as a second or other language.

First round offers will be made in May to all eligible applicants with subsequent offers made in September.


  • 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
  • Special Needs Assisting 5N1786

This course provides graduates with a QQI Level 5 Cerificate in Early Learning and Care Major award 5M21473


Learners complete work experience each Friday for 120 hours. Many Graduates obtain employment as a result of their work experience placement.


This course leads to a career in Early childhood and our graduates are employed in local Early Care settings, CenterParcs and as Special Needs Assistants in Pre-school, Primary and Post Primary education settings.
Through the QQI FET Links Scheme-Graduates can apply entry to Year 1 of related courses in the area of Early Childhood in Universities and many other courses in Institutes of Technology with continuity of SUSI grant / BTEI if applicable. Examples of linked courses include:

Athlone Institute of Technology

AL764 /AL864 Early Years Care and education (Level 7 /8)
AL860 Social care Practice (Level 8)

NUI Maynooth
MH101 Arts

Mary Immaculate College Limerick

MI007 Early Childhood Education Level 8 – with access to Primary Teaching
Whilst employment may be sought after this one year course, students can elect to progress further and avail of advanced courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Through this scheme, learners can apply for advanced courses in social care, and childcare in a number of the Institutes of Technology.

For further details see the Central Applications Office web site (www.cao.ie). Graduates can also find entry level childcare positions and with the benefit of a years exposure to childcare, entry to other employment opportunities is also greatly facilitated.

* Pediatric First Aid Responder will being offered as an optional extra, at extra cost

For further details contact Ms Elaine O Reilly, PLC Coordinator, EOReilly.mcc@lwetb.ie

Tel: 085 8629892 or for regular updates see our facebook page at www.facebook.com/MCC.PLC