Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education

Course Aim

This one year course aims to provide students with the in-depth knowledge of child development and learning, along with quality supervisory skills and competence to work as a supervisor in an Early Childhood Care and Education setting. Graduates can progress directly into employment in the Early Years Services or gain entry to third level degree courses at Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Course Modules

  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Environment
  • Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies
  • Child Development
  • Child Psychology
  • Work Experience
  • Communications



6M2007 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education


Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 5 award in Early Childhood Care & Education or equivalent is a prerequisite to access this Level 6 programme.

Higher Education

DkIT | Early Childhood Studies | Level 8 (Advanced Entry)
Carlow IT | Early Childhood Education & Care | Level 8
Maynooth University | Arts | Level 8
DCU | BECE Early Childhood Education | Level 8
Maynooth University | Early Childhood Teaching & Learning (part-time) | Level 8
NUI Galway | Arts (Children’s Studies) | Level 8


Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Early Years Room Leader | Childcare Practitioner in Crèche/Playgroups | Pre-School Room Leader | Private Childcare Settings | Au Pair | Montessori & ECCE Teacher


Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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