Early Childhood Care and Education

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.   

  •        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 Fee’s

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:

Una Burke, BTEI Co-ordinator West Wicklow, Blessington Further Education Centre.
 Phone: 045 851490
    Mobile: 086 8503833