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Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5

Certificate in Childcare

Leading to a Major Certificate FETAC Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education.

This course is for those who wish to enter the Childcare service, and work in a supportive role in different Childcare settings.

You will: 

Explore Childhood Care and Education.
Gain valuable new childcare skills.
Improve employment opportunities.
Meet new and like-minded people.

Gain the knowledge, skill and confidence to work independently and under supervision in a range of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings, or to progress to higher education and training.

Course Structure and Duration

Course Type: Part Time

Duration: 2 years

Days: Monday and Wednesday Evenings


5N1764 Child Development
5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play
5N1765 Child Health and Well Being
5N1356 Work Experience
5N0690 Communications

Course Fees

The course is free to participants who are early school leavers or those who are currently unemployed, or who are on a very low income.


All applicants are interviewed to help them choose the right programme and level of course. An interview also allows us to make sure that any appropriate resources and supports are provided to learners, when the place is accepted.
Places are allocated based on successfully meeting the eligibility criteria, learner need, learner suitability for the programme and places available.

Please contact

Anne McGrath,
VTOS/BTEI Co-ordinator West Wicklow,
Blessington Further Education Centre.
Phone: 045 851490
Mobile: 086 8503833