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Course code: 5M2009

Course content:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Infant & Toddler Years

Students are also given the opportunity to avail of additional courses for example:

  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Infection control
  • Option to repeat Leaving Certificate Irish for entry to Professional Masters in Primary Teaching.




QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 


This is a one year full-time course designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and competence 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 Early Childhood Care and Education course within DIFE or progress to Degree courses in:

  • DCU
  • TUDublin
  • DKIT
  • Maynooth
  • ITB
  • Marino

This course also provides common entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

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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

Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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