Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
(Course Code: 6M2007)

  • Aims

    This is a one year full-time course leading on from the Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 Certificate and is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Childcare. It prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work with babies, young children, families and other staff. This course aims to equip students to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students wishing to attend this course are advised to have completed level 5 studies in childcare in order to secure a place on the course. Applications are especially invited from mature students. Final selection subject to interview and all applicants may be subject to Garda Vetting.


    Further Study Opportunities Include:

    Students may progress to further studies in institutions both in Ireland and the U.K. Check the FETAC Link and the CAO link on the links page for further details.

    • Entry to many degree programme's in childcare and education, e.g. Level 8 - Early Childhood Education and Care (CW748) at Carlow IT and Early Childhood Education at Sligo IT (SG242)

  • Employment Opportunities

    Successful graduates of the course are eligible to work in a variety of settings which include -
    • Playschool
    • Crèche
    • Montessori
    • After school clubs

    Graduates may also gain employment working as nannies or au pairs


Course content

Modules include:

Child Development
Supervision in Early Childhood Care
Childhood Social, legal and Health Studies
Early Childhood Curriculum
Team Leadership
Occupational First Aid
Supervision in Early Childhood Care
Work Experience
Early Learning Philosophy
Special Needs Assisting

Please note students will complete the minimum required 4 modules at Level 6.


On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following awards:

QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education - Level 6 (6M2007)
Team building and Leadership Training
Barnados Training
Occupational First Aid.

Course Leaflet

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