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QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)

QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)

Important notice regarding the current Level 5 & 6 Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programmes. (23/08/2023)

As the current childcare awards are deactivating later this year, and being replaced with new awards called Early Learning and Care, we are limited in who we can accept on the programme. Guidelines are as follows

A – No learner is recruited onto a programme who does not already have significant credit towards the award (90 credits or more).

B – No accelerated versions of a validated programme should be used.

Therefore, we will only be registering learners with 6 or more modules already completed, and who wish to complete their major award. Please contact the office on 044 93 41551 if you have any queries.

The QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education consists of 120 credits.

There are eight modules, each worth 15 credits (120 in total), some of which are mandatory modules, and some of which are elective (you choose two). At Aspire Training, the programme modules offered are as follows:

Level 5 – Module Name:Credit Value:
Child Development 5N1764 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Child Health and Well Being 5N1765 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
15 Credits
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Work Experience 5N1356 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Communications 5N0690 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Social Studies 5N1370 (Optional)15 Credits
Level 5 Special Needs Assisting 5n1786 (Optional) 15 Credits
Level 6 Special Needs Assisting 6N1957 (Optional) 15 Credits

You must complete all of the mandatory modules, plus optional modules, to the value of 30 credits to achieve your full Level 5 Major Award.

Early childcare and childhood education training

Course Structure

Aspire Training currently offers the QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education Programme onine.

Distance learning offers learners the opportunity to complete their studies from home. Participants in these courses will receive 1:1 support from their tutors in the form of skype/zoom calls, email, live chat, and a tutor will be available during office hours, via phone call, to answer any queries that might arise between sessions.

Sessions may be accommodated online or onsite depending on a learner’s needs, location, and government COVID 19 guidelines.

Once a learner has registered, their tutor will contact them to discuss a learning plan that will suit the needs, and availability, of the learner. 


All tutors on this programme are qualified in their specific fields to a minimum of degree level (Level 8). Our tutors also have practical experience in their individual fields along with experience and qualifications in adult training and development.

Course Materials

Learners will be issued with all assessment materials and sent a recommended online reading list for each module. Some modules will require the purchase of a book (usually retailing at €30 new, but widely available second hand). Check out or similar sites.

Who should complete this course?

All childcare staff, managers and supervisors who wish to meet the educational childcare courses requirements of the ECCE scheme.

Childcare staff who wish to gain an accredited qualification in childcare or those aiming to progress to supervisory and management roles.

Entry Requirements

Learners must have completed their Leaving certificate or equivalent ( i.e. a Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area such as Special Needs/Childcare/Healthcare and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please contact our office to discuss more about this.

English Language Proficiency: Learners entering programmes leading to Level 5 awards are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

IT Requirements

As this is currently an online SNA course, there are some IT requirements necessary:

– Basic working knowledge of how to use a computer, with access to the internet is required for this course. This includes how to send videos via e-mail to your tutor.

– How to use Zoom

– How to use Microsoft Word/Google Documents. This includes how to type, save, edit and send documents and e-mails.

– Learners must have access to a computer with sound and a working microphone

Work Experience

Learners completing this programme should have access to, at least, 20 hours of voluntary work in an early years setting, per module.


The fee for each module is €295. Payment is made on a module-by-module basis; learners are not expected to pay for all eight modules upfront. A deposit of €100.00 is required to secure your place and the remaining balance of €195 is due two weeks after a module commences.

If a learner wishes to book all eight modules together, we can offer the full course, of eight modules, at a discounted price of €1450.00.


If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme, or participating in activation schemes you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office on 044 93 41551 for further advice in relation to this.

More information on the funding process and how to apply is available here.

Next Steps Following Course Completion

This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 award towards completing the QQI Level 6 Advanced Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education – 6M2007.


Click on the link below if you would like to secure your place on this childhood care and education training course:

Protection for Learners

Protection of Enrolled Learners (‘PEL’) is a legal requirement for providers to put in place arrangements to ensure that if a programme of education and training ceases prematurely, learners will be able to complete a similar programme with another provider, or have their moneys refunded.

As Aspire Training continues to make quality improvements we are currently working on changing our PEL arrangements from using alternate providers, to using insurance arrangements. This will ensure contingency and learners will receive the most up-to-date information in the Learner Handbook.

Learner Admissions

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Reasonable Accommodation

It is the responsibility of the learner to inform Aspire Training in sufficient time in order for a Reasonable Accommodation request to be processed, reviewed and for any necessary steps to be put in place. The process for assessing and implementing Reasonable Accommodations for assessment of learners with special requirements requires the learner to:

– Inform Aspire Training, through the registration form, of any special requirement as soon as enrolment has taken place.

– Notify their tutor or administration staff of their need for special requirement(s).

– Complete a special requirements form and return this to Aspire Training with a letter from their doctor or medical professional to confirm their needs in relation to special accommodation(s).

The link for this form is available within the Learner Handbook issued by Aspire Training at the start of a programme. The completed form and the medical evidence will be reviewed by the Academic Committee and the learner will be notified of the outcome.

** Although some of our courses are indeed self-paced, we do still expect learners to complete their coursework within a 6 month time period. If you feel like you will need longer than this, please contact the office.