Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Childcare Year 2)

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Course Content

A d v a n c e d C e r t i f i c at e i n E a r ly L e a r n i n g
  • Advanced Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care
  • Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care
  • The Developing Child
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Early Learning and Care
  • Supervision and Administration Skills in ELC


A minimum of 150 hours of professional practice placement must be completed including: (i) working directly with children aged 0-2 years 8 months, and (ii) working with children aged between 2 years 8 months and six years, with an appropriate balance between settings.


Course Description

The programme is aimed at learners who wish to extend their knowledge, skills, and competencies and are interested in a career in Early Learning and Care with children aged from 0 to six years old, including those who may have an interest in working as Room Leaders/Supervisors in Early Learning & Care settings.

Entry Requirements: Applicants for this course must have successfully achieved a Level 5 award in Early Learning & Care or equivalent.


QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Learning Care

Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in range of early education settings across the public and private sector

Room Leader (ECCE/School-Age) | Management Role in Early Learning & Care Setting | Early Learning & Care Practitioner | Early Years Educator | School-Age/Afterschool Practitioner | Childminder | Special Needs Assistant


Graduates may seek employment with 100+ registered childcare providers in Co. Louth in various ELC settings.
Additional funding for the Early Learning & Care Sector in Budget 2022 will create more job opportunities.

From September 2022, new minimum hourly rates were introduced ranging from €13 to €17.25 depending on qualifications.


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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of third-level degree programmes in Universities or Institutes of Technology including:

DkIT | Early Childhood Studies | Level 8 (Advanced Entry)
DCU | Education – Early Childhood Education | Level 8
TU Dublin | Early Childhood Education | Level 7 & 8
SETU| Early Childhood Education and Care | Level 8
Marino Institute of Education | Early Childhood Education | Level 8
Maynooth University | Early Childhood Teaching & Learning | Level 8
Mary Immaculate College | Early Childhood Care and Education | Level 8
University College Cork | Early Years and Childhood Studies | Level 8

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

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I completed the Level 6 Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education course in 2021/2022. From a mature student's perspective, I found all O'Fiaich staff and students very friendly and helpful, which made it a very enjoyable and beneficial experience for me. The modules cover every aspect of childcare including child development, special needs assisting, and supervisor skills which give you the tools to find a career in the industry. As work placement is also included on the course it’s a great opportunity to gain experience and a lot of students find employment where they’ve completed their work experience.

Level 6 Graduate 2021/2022