Childcare Daytime Course Sept 2021 - 5M2009

Course Commencement

These Course will commence again in Sept 2021, you can apply now as courses are often full by June, if you do apply now we may not contact you back immediately, in the meantime If you have a question regarding the day courses please email

Course Description

This course is designed for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in childcare or learners who wish to pursue further studes. This course will facilitate learners who wish to care for young people in a range of settings, including nurseries, creches and playgroups. Studying towards a childcare qualification is an enjoyable journey as you will get to explore all aspects of a child’s development, from safety and psychology, to regulation and legislation.

The Award

A national Certificate QQI level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 Major Award is awarded on successful completion. The award is recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications (See Below)

To obtain a full QQI Major Award Level 5 a learner must be successful in 8 components.


Student services cost of €250 pays for all books, photocopying etc.

Department of Education & Skills: €200*

QQI Fees €50*

*Note Students with medical cards or in receipt of social welfare are exempt from paying the Dept. of Education & Skills fee QQI exam fee and the.

Installment plan for fees available

Book Loan Scheme: All course text books are loaned to students and are paid for under the student services cost. students on completion of course on return of books.

Course Subjects

Child Development 5N1764 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Learn to identify and respond appropriately to children’s developmental needs in the home and the early years setting. Recognise the contribution of adults and the role of observation as a learning tool for the childcare worker. Understand the importance of play in development.

Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Learn to participate effectively in teamwork in an early years service using effective communication skills with families, children and colleagues. Understand daily logs, routines and record keeping in running the service efficiently.Explore the rules and regulations that govern the industry.

Early Childhood Education & Play 5N1773 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Understand how to select relevant play activities and materials appropriate to children’s interests and stage of development and cultural background. Use a range of reading and story telling techniques to suit different ages and cultural background. Asses the value of a toy, game or piece of play equipment. Explore the features of a supportive play environment.

Child Health & Well-being 5N1765 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Identify requirements for the promotion of healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments for children. Learn about common childhood illness and devise balanced menus for babies, toddlers and children. Perform suitable care routines for babies and young children including the care of the child when unwell.

Work Experience 5N1356 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning.

Communications 5N0690 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

Children with Additional Needs 5N2396 – Learn to interact in a range of ways with children with special needs. Identify common conditions and disabilities relating to children and plan developmentally appropriate activities mindful of the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children. Learn to work responsibly as part of a team.

School Age Childcare 5N1781 -Learn the elements of an effective school age child care programme. Developing programme plans that are inclusive of children and young people. Strategies to ensure that a strong focus on play/recreation. Identify aspects of provision for enrichment/homework within a multi-age setting. Evaluate environments, equipment and resources to suit stages of development and ages. Evaluate a range of environments (indoor and outdoor) suitable for a school age child care setting

To obtain a full QQI (Fetac) Level 5 Community Care Award a learner must be successful in 8 components

Work Experience

Work experience placement is an integral part of this course. Candidates gain first-hand experience by attending appropriate and related work placements within the community care environment. Garda clearance is essential to partake in work experience which comprises a minimum of 10 days placement.

Progression/Career Opportunities

Learners, who have successfully completed the Childcare course, are eligible to apply for employment as a Childcare assistant within the childcare sector. Alternatively, the full FETAC Level 5 award facilitates entry, to FETAC Level 6 Childcare Courses.

Finance Opportunities

Finance Opportunities

Student Grant (SUSI)

Means tested student grants are available to students (school-leavers) who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent, and who have not previously studied an award at similar or higher level on the National Framework of Qualifications. The amount of the grant depends on family income and on the distance a student travels from their place of residence to the college.

Applications: Student Grant applications can be made online only to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through Applications can be made from May and should be made before starting a course. BTEA or VTOS recipients are not eligible for the student grant.

Further definitive information is available on and

Social Welfare Recipients

All Social Welfare recipients are advised to contact their local Social Welfare Office before commencement of a course. This is to get permission to do a course while continuing on their benefits and also to ensure that they get full entitlements.

If you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance you must transfer to VTOS or BTEA (others may be able choose to stay on their current benefits)


Applicants over 21 years of age and in receipt of Social Welfare payment for at least 156 days before commencement of course, may apply for VTOS funding. VTOS is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school-leavers.

Retain Social Welfare benefits, plus free books and materials at the start of the course, meal allowance, travel allowance,

Applications: If you are eligible, fill in a VTOS application form (available from St Colmans Community College Midleton reception) and return it to the College. As VTOS places are limited it is advisable to submit an early application. Students who are eligible for VTOS, but who do not secure a VTOS place are advised to apply to their local Social Welfare office for a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

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The BTEA allows students in receipt of certain Social Welfare benefits to retain those payments while attending a full-time day course in the College. Students receive the maximum standard rate of payment and participants are not required to sign on.

Plus, if you have a dependent child, a Cost of Education Allowance of €500.

Applications: BTEA is a scheme administered by the Department of Social Welfare. Applicants over 21 years of age (with some exceptions) and in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments for at least 3 months may apply to their local Social Welfare Office for the Back to Education Allowance. Applications for BTEA must be made prior to starting an approved full-time course but late applications will be accepted up to 30 days after commencement of a course. Please contact your local Social Welfare Office to obtain the BTE1 application form and for full details and advice on eligibility. The BTE1 application form can also be found on and should be returned to your local Social Welfare Office.

Subsidised/Paid For Childcare

The CETS scheme which paid for PLC students childcare requirements is no longer in operation. This scheme has been taken into National Childcare scheme. Application is made online at The National Childcare Scheme.

In accepting the place you are agreeing to abide by CETB (Cork Education and Training Board) policies in respect of adult learners which can be accessed here.