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The Early Childcare Care and Education Award at Level 6 provides learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to work as Childcare practitioners and to lead and supervise others. Those qualified through this programme may be employed in a variety of ECCE settings including day care, preschool, crèche and after school facilities. The programme meets the educational requirements as set out for the Government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, which requires that at least one person in each childcare centre or crèche is qualified at this level. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a registered childcare setng or recognised primary school.
Garda vetting is mandatory for this course and is organised by the College.


One year, full time


6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education,
QQI Level 6 Award


On completion of Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6, many students move directly to employment in crèches, preschools and other childcare settings. Some students may also progress to Higher Education in Universities and Institutes of Technology.


(Selection of modules may be subject to minor changes)

Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
Child Development 6N1942
Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973
Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 6N1945
Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy 6N1935
Communications 6N1950
Work Experience 6N1946

Minimum Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have completed a QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education or equivalent. Students who have completed Level 5 in other Colleges are very welcome to apply.


Registration fee €50
Course charge €350 *
( * Includes €200 Government Levy and QQI exam Fee)
Registration fee is non refundable, and secures course place.
Exemptions from Government Levy and QQI exam fee for medical card holders, those in Receipt of the SUSI grant, Back to Education Allowance or VTOS