Dungarvan College / Coláiste Dhún Garbhán is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Centre.
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Certificate in Early Learning & Care

Certificate in Early Learning & Care

Course Description

This programme will introduce learners to a general understanding and knowledge of children in the early years. Learners will gain first-hand experience by participating in work placement in a relevant childcare setting. The course content relates to working with children from 0 - 6 years. This QQI level 5 award is the minimum qualification needed to work in a childcare setting.

Programme Content

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

Progression Opportunities

  • BSc Nursing - UCD (reserved QQI places)
  • BSc General/Children's Mental Health
  • Nursing/Midwifery - UCC (reserved QQI places)
  • BSc in Applied Healthcare - SETU (reserved DC places)
  • BA Social Science - SETU (reserved DC places)


  • Awarding Body: QQI
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award Code: 5M21473
  • Level: 5
  • Award Title: Certificate in Early Learning and Care - Stage 1

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may pursue careers in the field of childcare within a playschool, creche or home care setting. Graduates of this course could also apply for special needs assistant jobs in school settings or apply for further college studies in a childcare/social field.


Every year a number of students have the opportunity to travel to another European country for three weeks fully funded work experience. The students attend work in their vocational area.


College Registration Fee €200

For more information on the ELC course contact the course coordinator Aisling Hallinan at aislinghallinan@wwetb.ie

Youghal Rd, Cloneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 PV34
058 41184
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