Early Childhood Care & Education FETAC Level 5 Major Award (5M2009) 2013

Time of Day
Part Time
On Enquiry
Further Learning
18 months

Course Description

This Childcare programme offers a comprehensive preparation for a career in childcare, whether working in a day care nursery, crèche, pre-school / after school facility or with families as a professional nanny. Also subject to certain specific requirements this course can be used  through the CAO to apply for a third level degree course in a related discipline. In the past the College has had a number of Learners who have successfully progressed onto degree courses.

Excellence in lecturing and a strong commitment to childcare is the hallmark of The College of Progressive Education. Experienced, highly qualified lecturers renowned for their enthusiasm and commitment provide quality tuition for our learners. Our lecturers are also chosen for their ability to inspire, motivate and encourage. In addition our Full Time course has a programme coordinator who looks after  the needs and welfare of the learners.

Course Structure

This programme is delivered over 18 motns part time. . The course syllabus is outlined below. In addition to lecture room tuition the course requires a certain number of work experience hours.

A variety of methods and approaches will be used in the delivery of this programme, including:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual tutorial support
  • Assignments and projects
  • Work experience
  • Discussions and debates
  • Role play
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops Field trips Lectures Examinations


Learners should complete an application form and return it to the College


Fees €1795.00.

Course Syllabus

The course is designed around 8 FETAC Level 5 Modules which make up a Major Award in Childcare. The FETAC code for this Major Award is 5M2009. You can see the syllabus for each module by clicking on their title below

  •  Modules
    • Child Development
    • Early Care & Education Practice
    • Early Childhood Education & Play
    • Child Health & Well being
    • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
    • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
    • Communication
    • Work Experience

Successful graduates will be awarded the following:

Internationally recognised FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Childcare

Who should participate in this course?

Learners who are looking to pursue a career in Childcare or who are already working in the childcare sector and do not have a formal qualification. 

It is anticipated in the sector that this will be the minimum qualification for childcare workers.

Learners wishing to gain additional points for their CAO entry onto a degree course.

General Aims

The course aims to prepare learners for a career both here in Ireland and abroad by:

• Facilitating an understanding of the needs of all children in relation to physical, emotional, social, language, intellectual, and creative development
• Developing communication, intellectual, practical and caring skills to respond effectively and with empathy to the needs of children
• Creating an understanding of current and emerging legislation that applies to the care of children
• Teaching an appreciation of children’s relationships within the family
• Raising awareness of the need for personal and professional development while working with children and their families

Entry Requirements

In general, applicants should have completed Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied, preferably with 3 Passes.

International learners undertaking this course should have confidence in their English skills and have at least 5 IELTS score or equivalent.

The final assessment will be influenced by the applicant’s suitability for a career in childcare.

Work Experience

External work experience is a vital part of any training course. Learners must arrange to complete at least 50 hours work experience, ideally learners will already be working in a childcare facility.

Practical placements include:

  • Crèches and day nurseries
  • Playgroups
  • After school facilities
Assessment Method

Combination of portfolio, assignments, skills demonstrations and exams.

Further Studies

Degree in Early Childhood Education in a Third Level College in Ireland.

Advanced Certificate in the Montessori Method of Education FETAC Level 6

Creche Management - ILM Level 3


Career Options

The demand for qualified childcare professionals has increased significantly in recent years. With this demand there is the expectation that childcare workers are trained to the highest standard in the practical, social and legal aspects of the profession.

During the course learners will be advised on interview techniques. Confidence building, goal setting motivation and personal presentation will also be discussed.

Graduates from this one-year course will have a variety of career options available to them on completion of the course.

The following are some of the areas of greatest demand:
• Crèche / day nursery /playgroup
• Childcare professional or nanny at home or abroad
• After school care programmes
• Home-based childcare
• Childcare assistant in hospitals for sick children (classroom or playroom)

See Special Needs Assistant Training modules for additional career opportunities.

The College of Progressive Education has strong links with many Dublin nurseries / crèches and with the National Children’s Nurseries Association. Nursery managers are frequently in contact with our college and where nursery vacancies occur, places are offered to suitable candidates.


Part Time

18 months, 110 hours

Distance Learning

18 months to include holidays and work experience

website: http://progressivecollege.com/

Qualification Type
FETAC Level: 5
Course Link
Related Categories:
Education/Training , Childcare
Related Locations:
Dublin City Centre

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