This Advanced Certificate enables graduates to work with children up to 6 years of age in a variety of Early Years Services. Having gained 3 years experience in employment, graduates may apply for the post of Room Leader. During the course all students get the opportunity to experience 120 hours of work experience in an Early Years Service, which is a mandatory aspect of the course. Students visit Blackrock Observatory to learn about the solar system and our planet earth and also participate in hands on science experiments.

As part of Continuous Professional Development, students are offered Leadership Training and will also attend a Conference on ‘The Professionalization of Early Years Practitioners’.   For students interested in sport, football training is offered in the second term.



1 year



QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 6M2007

Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)


Course Fees

€530 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280)


Miriam Verling

Tel: 021 4223840

  • Child Development 6N1942
  • Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6N1945
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Personal & Professional Development 6N1949
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973
  • Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
  • Equality and Diversity 6N1974



Applicants with a Major Childcare Award at Level 5 may apply for this Level 6 Childcare award. Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non Irish Nationals.

  • Work experience
  • CPD – conferences & visiting speakers
  • Field trips & football training (optional)
  • First Aid training (optional)
  • Computer tutorials (optional)
  • Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)
  • Interactive workshop in pre-school science
  • Leadership Training


Dundalk IT Level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies (hosted in CCOC) but must have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service (minimum of 15 hours per week) and must have access to a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes.

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.


Supervisory roles in Early years settings and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places, i.e charities, hotels,etc.  SNA positions in primary schools. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

Since finishing the course I have moved to London where I am working as a Nanny and I am starting in a crèche in the New Year. The Course really prepared me for the workplace and I really enjoy my job.

Breda Barry

Medical and Dental Receptionist

I really enjoyed the course, the teachers were always really helpful and were a great support. I’m now working as a relief SNA and I love it!

Lesely Ann Roberts

Essential IT for the Office

A member of the Cork and National Council of the Association of Childhood Professionals advocating for the professionalisation of the Early Years Sector.

Laura Kirwan

Reception and Customer Care