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Early Learning & Care ELC

PLC Post Leaving Cert

A career in Early Learning and Care is highly rewarding, allowing you to work across a range of Early Years Settings. The aim of this one-year full time course is to enable the leaner to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies to work independently and as part of a team providing holistic care and learning experiences for children from birth to six years. This award also provides the learner with the opportunity to progress into further and higher education and training.

Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
Apply to:
Course provider

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate including Leaving Certificate Applied or other qualifications equivalent to a QQI major award at level 4.

English language – Speakers of English as a second language must have a B2 in writing, reading, listening and speaking from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme.

Prospective learners will be expected to demonstrate:
a desire to work in the early learning care sector
an ability to act with responsibility and autonomy
an ability to take responsibility for their own learning while under supervision

Careers / Further progression


Progress to further study and careers including:

After School Services
Crèches Assistant
Nurseries Assistant
Pre-schools and Playschools
Primary Schools Assistant
Special Needs Assistant

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

Course Web Page

Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

What Makes This Course Special

Internationally recognised qualification
High-level skills training
Outstanding facilities
Highly experienced Early Years team

Course Content

Professional Practice placement in Early Learning and Care
Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulations
Holistic Care of Children 0-6 years
Early Childhood Growth and Development
Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

5M21473 - Early Learning & Care


QQI ELC Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473

Manual Handling Certificate

PLSS Code: 415236

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
Email: Email:

Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
Apply to:
Course provider