This course is designed for those who wish to work with children under the age of 6 years and is especially geared towards Montessori. 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. Many additional features enrich the overall experience of the course.



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 and Play 5N1773
  • Child Health & Well-Being 5N1765
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
  • Irish for Pre-School Services 5N2005
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education 5N1763

Leaving Certificate. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed and garda vetted. Police clearance is required for non-Irish nationals.

(Applicants with 2 H5 grades on higher level Leaving Certificate papers and required results from QQI level 6 6M2007 are guaranteed a place in year 3 (CR_HMONT_8) Level 8 BA Montessori Education CIT)

  • Childcare seminars and conferences
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Practical workshops in Siolta and Aistear
  • Child protection training
  • Educational field trips
  • Two mornings per week work placement which students are required to source
  • 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