Certificate in Early Learning and Care Major Award QQI Level 5

  • This course will consist of a mixture of online and face-to-face classes*
  • Starting 5th March 2024
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan option
  • 36 Weeks Access

Blended Online

Delivered through live online webinars, face to face classes and access to associated reading material.

  • Live & fully online
  • Archived for review
  • Live interaction with the Lecturer
  • Starts 5th March 2024
  • Duration 36 weeks

For a limited time Price €1200

With our brand new programme in Early Learning and Care Level 5, the aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies to work independently and/or as part of a team, subject to practice supervision, providing holistic care and learning experiences for children from birth to six years across a range of early learning and care settings and to develop as a member of the early learning and care professional community of practice. This award may also provide the learner, where appropriate, the opportunity to progress into further and higher education and training.

Students who opt to study at Progressive College are granted round-the-clock access to the Progressive eLearning platform, Moodle for the entire duration of their course. Progressive College’s Moodle offers a variety of resources such as extensive course manuals, live webinars, videos, quizzes, and personal tutor support. The course is designed to be user-friendly and straightforward to follow. Additionally, students can submit their assessments online and receive feedback from their tutor through Moodle or via their secure assessment submission link which is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.

Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding

Holistic Care of Children in ELC

Professional Practice

Inclusive Education for Children in ELC

Early Learning & Play

Child Development

Week 1: Student given access to the MOODLE page to begin their studies.  There will be a recorded lecture for them to review.  Learners will also have one hour tutor support this week via email.

Week 2: Webinar of 2.5 hours in duration – including overview of the module, overview of how the blended programme works and assessment criteria etc.

Week 3: 1 Hour tutor support via email, or where necessary TEAMS.  Tutors may also upload a forum question which students have to engage with.

Week 4:  Recorded lecture.  Learners will also be directed to read specific units in their course notes.

Week 5: Webinar of 2.5 hours of course material.  The webinar can be a lecture, a guided discussion or focused on a specific concept.

Week 6: Study week for students & tutor support, 1 hour for Q&A, assessment questions, additional information etc.  This can be via email or where necessary through TEAMS.

*Academic Admin/Tutor will load module course material & reading list on MOODLE.

Certificate in Early Learning & Care QQI Level 5

A minimum Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent education or experience.  An applicant whose first language is not English or who has not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English will be expected to reach, before commencing a programme, a suitable minimum level of competence in English in order to participate fully in the Programme.  Learners are required to demonstrate an English proficiency level equivalent to International English Language Testing Score (IELTS 5.5) and/or other recognised equivalent international English language test.  Learners will be required to submit evidence of their English proficiency.


Work Placement

Work Placement is an integral part of the programme and specifically required as part of the Professional Award Standards.  For Level 5 programme, learner’s will be required to spend 150 hours, in two early learning and care settings, divided as follows:

  • Learner’s must spend a minimum of 50 hours working with children between the ages of 0 – 2.8 years
  • Learner’s must spend a minimum of 50 hours working with children between the ages of 2.8 – 6 years
  • Learners can spend the remaining 50 hours working with children across both age groups, however you must spend a minimum of 30 hours in the second service.

A PC with Windows 8 or later or a Mac with OSX 10.5 or later.
An internet connection with a speed of at least 10mbps.
The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari, set to accept cookies and pop-ups.
Adobe Reader, to view content.
Word processing software, such as MS Word or Google Docs.
Some courses include video, therefore your computer must be capable of playing video and sound.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled courses, Progressive College can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact kevin.coyne@citygroup.ie for further details.

Course Award

Learners can be enrolled directly onto the ELC Level 5 programme and be certified with a Certificate in Early Learning and Care – Level 5 when complete.

This award has been designed to meet the QQI Professional Award Standards for Early Learning and Care

Why Progressive College?

Online/Blended Learning

All courses are delivered online/blended learning method

Classroom/Face-To-Face Classes

All courses are delivered in a classroom and part-time setting

QQI Accredited

QQI Accredited Online Course delivered either Online, In-Class, or Blended

Payment Plans Available

Choose to pay in full or sign up with with our available instalment plans


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International Partnerships

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