QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M2009

Course objectivesIMG_5949

This course is designed to develop the communication, intellectual, practical and caring skills essential for people working with children (0-6 years). This course offers the opportunity to gain a childcare and Special Needs Assistant qualification.

Course modules

  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Work Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Word Processing

*Modules subject to change

Work experience

Students must obtain 20 days’ work experience in a vocational related area. Garda Clearance maybe required for work experience.

Entry requirementsIMG_6643

Students should be of Leaving Certificate standard or Applied Leaving Certificate with distinction and interview. Portlaoise College welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and may not require the above qualifications.


Certificate in Childhood Studies with Special Needs Assistants QQI Level 5

Student Grants

Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance.


Successful QQI Level 5 Award Holders may apply for places in Third Level Colleges, e.g. Universities and Institutes of Technology, to furtherIMG_6640
their education. Students may also progress onto the Advanced Certificate in Supervision in Childcare – QQI Level 6.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


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5 days per week - Monday to Thursday 9am - 3:55pm and Friday 9am - 1:15pm
For further details, please contact

Ms Sandra Duggan,
Course Co-ordinator,
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road,
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456
E-mail: sduggan@portlaoisecollege.ie

Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.