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School Age Childcare

This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to implement and evaluate school age child care programme.

Unique to Kerry College Minor Award New for 2022

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is

  • To enable the learner to understand the elements of effective school age childcare care programmes and environments.
  • To enable the learner to reflect on the role and responsibilities of those providing a school age programme.
  • To enable the learner to develop strategies relevant to the planning, implementation and evaluation of school age programmes.
  • To assist the learner to develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to Early Childhood Care and Education through the medium of the indicative content
  • To enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

This course is scheduled to run every Tuesday evening from 7.00 -10.00 for 12 weeks

What will I study ?

Learners will complete the below sections on the course
  • Outline the elements of an effective school age child care programme.
  • Explain the importance of developing programme plans that are inclusive of children and young people.
  • Discuss strategies to ensure that a strong focus on play/recreation remains a core principle and a distinguishing characteristic of school age child care settings.
  • Identify aspects of provision for enrichment/homework within a multi-age setting.
  • Evaluate environments, equipment and resources to suit stages of development and ages.
  • Use strategies for involving all service users in the planning, implementing and evaluation of the programme.
  • Evaluate a range of environments (indoor and outdoor) suitable for a school age child care setting.
  • Implement a range of activities that address the developmental, recreational, interest and creative needs of children and young people.
  • Reflect on own role and responsibilities when engaging with children.

What's the certification?

School Age Childcare (5N1781)

Note This course will not lead to a major award.

What is the cost?


Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions?

Contact Caroline at Night Course Admissions on 066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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