This course is designed for those who wish to work with children under the age of 6 years. It is both a nationally and internationally recognised qualification and students who have successfully graduated are now working, worldwide, in the sector. The course covers a child’s overall development from conception until 6 years. This qualification is the minimum requirement for those wishing to work in the area. Students get the opportunity to have hands-on experience and acquire the theory to support it.

This course is delivered over 4 afternoons, Mon- Thurs incl. (from 1.00pm – 5.00pm)




1 year



QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009

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

€500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)


Johanna Fletcher

Tel: 021 4223840

  • Child Development 5N1764
  • Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770
  • Early Childhood Education & Play 5N1773
  • Child Health & Well-being 5N1765
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
  • Children with Additional Needs 5N2396

Applicants must be mature , over 21 years of age, and have experience in the area. All applicants are interviewed and garda vetted. Police clearance is required for non-Irish nationals.

  • Childcare seminars and conferences
  • Practical workshops in Siolta and Aistear
  • Child Protection
  • Professional guest lectures (optional)
  • Educational field trips (optional)
  • Learner support
  • Work experience
  • Manual Handling Training and Certification (requirement for work experience)

CCOC QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007

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 our Progressions for details.

Students are qualified as Assistant Early Childhood Practitioners in pre-schools and crèches, Special Needs Assistants and can work as a Child Minder in the home. 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