Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 5)

Programme Aim

This Course is designed for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in childcare or who may wish to progress to further study. Participants will learn the principles and practice of caring for young children in a variety of settings including nurseries, crèches and playgroups. We also welcome those working in the industry who need to achieve their qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants will be expected to a Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard education.
  • Relevant work experience coupled with life experience.
  • Included in the admission process is an interview followed by an online assessment in Mathematics and English.
  • All applicants are subject to an interview.

Course Content

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Professional Practice Placement in ELC Level 5QQI
Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation Level 5QQI
Holistic Care of Children (Birth to Six Years) Level 5QQI
Work ExperienceLevel 5QQI
CommunicationsLevel 5QQI
Early Childhood Growth and Development Level 5QQI
Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies Level 5QQI
Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs Level 5QQI

Course Duration

This course is available Part Time as part of the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

PART TIME (BTEI Programme): 2 to 3 mornings per week, over 2 years

*Students must be eligible under the (BTEI) Back to Education Initiative – see study options page for more information 


Graduates can apply for entry to the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care, QQI Level 6.

Career Opportunities

This area of study will enhance student’s career opportunities in the childcare sector.


€100 non-refundable Centre Registration fee.

*Course completion is reliant on Garda Vetting Process.

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate in Early Learning and Care (QQI Level 5)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Start Date              09/09/19                                      

End Date                26/06/20                                      

Duration                 0 weeks 



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  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Margaret Morrin




(057) 8623161


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students  have to say about their experience with Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

“I found the course useful and interesting. Teachers were very helpful and understanding as most of us were going back to education after many years of not studying.
After successfully completing the first year of course I was lucky enough to get work experience, as an Accounts Assistant.”
Zane Polaskova (Student)
Accounts Assistant
“The decision to return to education was one of the best choices I made, the thought seemed daunting at the start but I soon settled in. All of the tutors were very helpful and the students gave each other support, I made some great friends who will be friends for life. The course I chose was Office Administration, this course most definitely helped me to secure the job I have today.”
Maeve O'Carroll (Student)
Administrator, Court Services