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Stage One Certificate in Early Learning and Care

This full-time award leads to a QQI Stage One Certificate after one year. The course is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognized qualification for those wishing to work in the childcare sector in a variety of areas such as; working with the child in a day care nursery, preschool or with a child with a specific need. 

Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:5M21743
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met
the minimum entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Liz O Leary
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Childcare Early learning and care Kinsale Campus

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may apply to the following centres

SNA in Primary and Secondary Schoold, Nurseries,
Pre-Schools, Early Start Centres, Day Care Family Centres, Private Homes, Woking with Children & adults with Special Needs. 


Education Progression Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award in Kinsale College.

Graduates from this course may apply to the following colleges:

• Early Childhood Studies UCC
• Early Childhood Care and Education CIT
• Social Care CIT
• Early Childhood Studies Carlow IT
• Early Childhood Studies Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
• Early Childhood Care and Education Tralee IT 


Work Placement/Experience

Other Info

Participants are required to undertake 120 hours of work placement in relevant accredited child setting. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Other Information
When students complete this Level 5 Award they will have undertaken:
• Occupational First Aid QQI Level 5
• HACCP Award 

See all our QQI Level 5 Courses

Student Experiences

“I’ve had a once in a life time experience studying in Kinsale, meeting so many fabulous people and learning what my true passion is!”
Kelsie Niemetz, Childcare Studies
“I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere that surrounded the whole college, yet the work (and yes there was work!!) still got done.”
Naomi, Childcare Mature Student