Early Childhood Care & Education


This is a one year full-time course designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and qualifications required to pursue a career in early childhood care and education. The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Progression and Career Options: 

Successful graduates can opt to go directly into the world of work in nurseries, playgroups, crèches, with private families and as assistants in schools and residential settings. Graduates may opt to continue to QQI level 6 within DIFE or progress to Degree courses within Institutes of Technology and Universaties Nationwide.


Student Testimonial: 

'I completed my QQI Level 3 in Early Childhood Care & Education in 2015/2016 and I am currently doing Level 6. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the course and found it very interestng. The tutors are always there to help and offer advice. DIFE really helped me along my chosen career path and look forward to entering the world of work with my qualifications'- Rachel Howell

Early Childhood Care & Education

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Course Content

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Word Processing
  • Manual Handling
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education