ELC- Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care Part-time Day | 5N21474

Course modules

5C21523 Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care
5C21524 Children's Rights, Legislation, and Regulation
5C21525 Holistic Care of Children (0-6)
5C21526 Early Childhood Growth and Development
5C21527 Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
5C21528 Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

What will I learn?

This part time course trains and qualifies people to work in the childcare sector in Ireland.

How is this course taught?

This part time course is taught in person. Classes take place in the Castlemill Education Centre in Balbriggan, and in Burgundy House in Swords.

When will this course take place?

This course will start in early September 2024 and will finish in late April 2025. Students will have holidays during the midterm breaks, Easter and Christmas.

Who can apply for this course?

Adults who live in the Fingal area, and who are interested in working in the childcare sector, can apply for this course. To ensure that you are offered a place on a course which is at the right level for you and appropriate to your learning needs all applicants are assessed prior to placement on the course. A high level of English language and IT skills are required for the course.

Work Experience Placement

Work experience is a core element of this programme. Students will be required to complete 150 hours of work experience throughout the course, which they will be required to organise themselves. All students need to be Garda Vetted for this course, which will be processed through the Adult Education Service.

Am I eligible for course funding?

Students on this course are eligible for funding if:

  • they are an early school leaver, or
  • they are receiving a social welfare payment, or
  • they are receiving a carer’s payment, or
  • they have a medical card or G.P. card, or
  • they are signing for credits.

How do I apply?

  • Click the links below to apply online,
  • Call 01 841 7763 (Balbriggan) or 01 840 8946 (Swords) to apply over the phone,
  • Email kevinmccabe@ddletbaes.ie (Balbriggan) or rebeccarudden@ddletbaes.ie (Swords) if you have questions about the application process or would like more course information,
  • Visit our centres to apply in person. Locations can be found below.


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Centre Locations

Castlemill Education Centre, Balbriggan K32 P237

Sarsfield House, Balbriggan K32 KX82

Burgundy House, Swords K67 DY60