**Coming Soon** Early Learning and Care –
QQI Level 5 Major Award*

  • This course is delivered fully online and can be started anytime. Single module options available.
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan option
  • 34 Weeks Access
  • Online Anytime

Coming Soon

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.

*Pending QQI validation

Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding

Holistic Care of Children in ELC

Professional Practice

Inclusive Education and the Care of Children with Additional Needs in ELC

Early Learning & Play

Child Development

Certificate in Early Learning & Care QQI Level 5

Learners will be expected to have a minimum of Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent and/or experience. Proficiency in English language is required, together with a strong interest in Early Learning & Care. Learners whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test (e.g. IELTS 5.5) or other similar English Language qualifications.

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.


Early Learning and Care Enquiry Form

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges 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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