College of Management and IT (CMIT)QQI Level 5 Early learning and care Major Award

QQI Level 5 Early learning and care Major Award

9 Months
Online, Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details
CMIT is offering those interested in pursuing a challenging and rewarding career in early years learning and care an opportunity to complete the brand-new QQI Level 5 Childcare Early Learning and Care (ELC) Major Award.

This level 5 certificate is designed with Early Childhood professionals, and the children they will engage with, in mind. The aim of the programme is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work independently and as part of a team, subject to practice supervision and promote the holistic wellbeing, development and learning of children from 0 to six years across a range of ELC settings. The programme is comprised of 6 modules. The CMIT eLearning system enables learners to work at their own pace while being fully supported by a qualified Tutor.

There is a qualified Early Learning and Care Tutor assigned to all students to provide guidance and assistance throughout the course and written personalised feedback is provided on all assessment work.

By choosing to study with CMIT, students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes comprehensive Course Manuals, Live Webinars, Videos, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support and scheduled placement meetings both on-site and online to support learners. The course is very user-friendly and easy to follow. You will also be able to upload assessments and receive Tutor feedback online. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

About the Early Childhood Scheme
(ECCE) is a government-funded initiative offering a free pre-school year in an early education centre. Part of the requirements of the scheme stipulates that Childcare Leaders and employees must hold certain childcare qualifications to qualify for the scheme. The certification offered by this course fully meets the educational requirements for childcare staff who need to comply with the requirements of the ECCE Free Preschool Scheme.


Topics covered in this Level 5 Early Learning and Care childcare course
Component 1: Introduction to ELC and Child Safeguarding

Introduction to Early Learning and Care
Child safeguarding
Policy and procedures

Component 2: Holistic Care

Wellbeing in Early Learning and Care
Health, safety and welfare
Physical Care

Component 3: Inclusive Education 

Additional needs
Disability studies
Inclusive practice
Approaches and interactions

Component 4: Child Development

Intro and Physical Care
Cognitive, social, and emotional development
Attachment in Children
The role of the adult

Component 5: Early Learning and Play

Understanding play
Creative, inclusive and risk play
The role of the adult

Component 6: Professional Practice (Work experience)

Work experience
Insurance during work placement/work experience is provided by CMIT through our insurance provider.


Who should complete this course?

  • Anyone who is interested in a career in early learning and care with children aged 0-6 years.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

  • Leaving Cert, Level 4 award or equivalent, and/or relevant Life or Work Experience.
  • Applicants will be required to complete 150 hours Professional Practice Placement. This placement must be carried out across two early years settings as follows: (1) with children aged 0-2 years, and (2) with children aged 2 years 8 months – 6 years.
  • Applicants will require Garda Vetting prior to commencing Professional Practice. Contact the college for details.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in live online classes/webinars.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in placement monitoring visits (on-site and online) during their course.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland and hold a valid PPS Number.
  • Basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access and word processing software is required to do the course. For technical requirements click here>>
  • As this NFQ qualification is delivered through English it is necessary learners will have sufficient written English skills to complete this course. Learners for whom English is not a first language will be required to provide evidence of meeting a minimum English language and literacy competency of B2 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
  • It may be possible to gain exemptions from certain modules of the course. If you hold ECCE components, please contact us and we can advise you of possible exemptions.


  • This Level 5 Childcare course is assessed through completion of project work, assignments and personal learner records which record your personal learning experience during the course. All work submitted must be your own work.
  • As part of our quality assurance, assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator

Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

  • This Level 5 Childcare Early Learning and Care course may be used for access to the Level 6 Childcare ELC Major Award.

Protection for Enrolled Learners

  • As this course is of 3 months duration or longer, learners who enrol on this course are protected under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.
  • CMIT has approval to offer students learner protection insurance. Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their Insurance Policy.  Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection insurance is provided by Arachas and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC. The learner protection policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by s. 65(4)(b) of the 2012 Act.’

Following successful completion of all required modules, you will receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care (ELC) Major Award.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland

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