The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence relevant to work as an early years practitioner in a range of Early Childhood Care & Education settings (ECCE).  This Fetac Level 6 common award is aimed at learners who wish to attain a recognised qualification and embark on a professional care in Early Childhood Care & Education.

On this full time course you will acquire a thorough knowledge of child development, comparative early years methodologies and how to create a positive learning environment for children.  Learners will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard support and promote children's learning, development and well being.

Throughout the course learners will focus on a variety of assessment strategies including  observation, documentation and assessment tools to evaluate, plan, design and implement, and monitor activities and experiences which support children's learning.

Qualification Gained

- QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education (6M2007)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application  to the college.  Acceptance to full time courses is interview based.

Course Structure

This course is delivered via blended learning.  A minimum of 4 modules must be completed through contact tuition.  The remaining modules must be completed via e-learning

Course Content Modules

  1. Early Childhood Curriculum (mandatory)
  2. Child Development  (mandatory)
  3. Childhood Social Legal & Health Issues  (mandatory)
  4. Personal & Professional Development  (mandatory)
  5. Work Experience  (mandatory)
  6. Early Literacy & Numeracy
  7. Early Learning Environment
  8. Early Learning Environment
  9. Early Learning Arts & Culture
  10. Supervision in Childcare
  11. Early Learning Philosophy
  12. Special Needs Assisting
  13. Creative Studies for Special Needs
  • Students must choose elective modules in Montessori Pedagogy or Early Years Practitioner
  • 8 modules must be complete to achieve the full award

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include supervisor in a childcare and/or Montessori setting and Montessori Practitioner for three to six year olds. Graduates are qualified to open their own Montessori/Childcare facility.

Access, Transfers and Progression

Successful completion of this course can facilitate direct entry into year 2 of a 4 year full BA (Hons) Level 8 in Early Childhood Studies- see details here, or direct entry into year 2 of our 3 year distance learning BA (Hons) Level 8 in Early Childhood Studies- see details here.



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