Course Outline:

This one year Level 6 QQI programme in Early Learning and Care provides an advancement of training in Early Years Studies.  It offers the opportunity to progress to employment or further study in the Early Learning and Care Sector. The programme contains a mix of practical and theoretical elements with workshops throughout the year.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work as an autonomous Professional such as Manager of an Early Years Setting, Special Needs Assistant, Care Assistant, Nanny or to operate a Child-Minding business. This is the minimum qualification to be a Room Leader. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care . Extra courses/workshops may be provided such as PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR), Child Protection Guidelines, Disability Studies and Creative Workshops.

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course, running from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
  • Garda vetting to be completed, including police clearance where appropriate


  • The Developing Child 6C21519
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy 6C21520
  • Inclusive Learning and Care 6C21521
  • Supervision and Administration 6C21522
  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement 6C21517
  • Sociology and Social Policy in ELC 6C21518

Student Testimonial:


I completed the QQI Level 6 (advanced) in Early Learning and Care. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my experience and will reflect on it fondly. I was initially daunted at the prospect of returning to education as a mature student but need not have worried. The teachers are wonderfully welcoming and supportive. The course content is both interesting and challenging. The course structure allowed me to combine my studies with family life. The confidence I gained from taking this course is immeasurable and as a result I feel prepared academically to progress onto the BA in Early Childhood Education in GMIT. I would highly recommend studying at CCFE.



Having decided to return to CCFE for the second year and study ECCE Level 6. This course provided me with the knowledge, skill ad competence to work as a Manager of an Early Years setting. The course timetable really worked with my busy home life schedule as a mother. It was a very challenging year and involved a lot of hard work and commitment, but it was a very worthwhile year. CCFE staff were always available to help. They were very encouraging and supportive. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career as a Manager of an Early Years setting, working as a Special needs assistant, or operating a childminding business.


There are no fees to study this course.


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