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 complete 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.

  • Child Development 6N1942 – Organise a variety of detailed observations  in support of programme planning for individual and groups of children using a range of tools. Evaluate personal and team practice in meeting child development needs in an ECCE setting.
  • Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944 – Explore a range of learning approaches for children under 6 years.  Examine Aistear, the National Curriculum Framework & Siolta, the National Quality Framework and link these to theorists like Froebel, Montessori, Steiner, Weikart and Malaguzzi. Discuss the factors that make a curriculum.
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6N1945 – Evaluate child protection guidance in relation to the protection of children and staff  and learn to implement procedures for dealing with specific child protection issues. Reflect on how personal, cultural identity, attitudes and values can potentially impact on bias, discrimination and prejudice within ECCE settings. Evaluate a range of factors influencing and impacting on children’s health and wellbeing to include family structure, community, culture, education, health, social services and social status.
  • Personal & Professional Development 6N1949 – Identify the personal qualities and skills needed for effective participation in a registered Early Years workplace to include opportunities for further personal development and associated action plans. Learn strategies to resolve personal or interpersonal conflict by understanding different personalities. Learn to delegate tasks to others to include appropriate planning, identification of skills and strengths in others, review and management of any issues arising. Use strategies to recognise and cope with stress, setback and workplace pressure.
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973 – learn to utilise a range of supervisory skills to supervise staff in an ECCE setting. Explore how to delegate and assign work and/or tasks to others, monitoring progress and evaluating results. Develop strategies for overcoming barriers to effective supervision. Reflect on your personal skills e.g. time management, organisational skills and communication. Evaluate learning and/or training needs of the team.
  • Equality and Diversity in Childcare 6N1974 – Understand  the equal and diverse nature of the early years environment and children’s lives today from children with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, different families, unique traditions and values and how it’s ok for children and their families to be different, yet equal’ 
  • Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
  • Work Experience 6N1946 – Present a detailed personal skills audit and career plan including personal goals, action points, development opportunities and career paths. Demonstrate supervisory skills and capacities in the workplace.

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
  • Football for All workshop(Coaching players with a disability)
  • Paediatric First Aid (optional)
  • Computer tutorials (optional)
  • CCOC Manual Handling Training and Certification (requirement for work experience)
  • Interactive workshop in pre-school science
  • Leadership/Entrepreneurship workshop with the Entrepreneurs Academy

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • UCC: Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111) Year One
  • CIT: Early Childhood Education and Care (CR620) Year Two
  • WIT: Early Childhood Education and Care (WD149) Year Two
  • DKIT (run in CCOC): BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies (Part time)

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.

Email: advancedchildcare@ccoc.ie          Tel: (021) 4223840

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

Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 and Statistics 5N2066 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths or Statistics for progression)

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Leanne Doyle 062NA “I have moved on to CIT, where I am studying Social Care. I adjusted to CIT really easy, especially with assignments, as I was so prepared and way more confident from attending the two years in the College of Commerce.

Cathy O Mahony 062NA” I have progressed onto CIT, where I am now studying for a BA in Early Years Education and Care. The two years that I completed in the College of Commerce have given me such a knowledge boost, especially with my assignments. My teachers were so supportive and you always got the help you needed.

Leanne Doyle and Cathy O'Mahony, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Cork College of Commerce, both are now studying in CIT.

Amy O’Leary: I have progressed onto WIT where I am now studying for a BA in Early Years Education and Care. The two years that I completed in the College of Commerce have given me such knowledge and I feel like I have a great head start in WIT, especially with my assignments, as these are not not so daunting. My teachers here were so supportive and funa nd you always got the help you needed.

Lisa O’Donovan: I have moved on to UCC, where I am studying a BA in Early Years Education and Care. I adjusted to UCC really easy expecially with assignment, even with the larger classes, as I was so prepared and way more confident form attending the two years in the College of Commerce.

Amy O'Leary and Lisa O'Donovan, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education, now studying in WIT and UCC

Aisling Murphy: I am working as a Special Needs Assistant. The course, especially the module “Children with Additional Needs” provided me with invaluable experience and help to prepare me for my job.

Aoife O’Donovan: I am working as an Early Years Educator in a pre-school in Bantry. I got this position from my work placement. This course really provided me with great practical experience that I now carry out in my setting. This was a great course and it definitely prepared me for getting this job. Also my class group was so nice, we all became great friends!

Aisling Murphy and Aoife O'Donovan, Special Needs Assistant and Early Years Educator

Yewande Ladejobi: I am now working in Go Safari, Cobh Cross. I loved the course, especially Child Development and Equality and Diversity, as I learned so much that is helping me to support the children. All my teachers were so helpful, kind and supportive.

Bernadette Horgan: I am working in a pre-school; they took me on from my work placement. The teachers here are fantastic, they really set you up for employment. I learned so much about myself this year and of course all practical routines and activities that I carry out with the children.

Amy Kelleher: I am working full time n HighCare Childcare in Ballincollig. I completed my work experience placement there and they then offered me a full time job. I carry out so many activities in the creche that I learned from doing this course. I found it so beneficial and so very rewarding now as I am doing what I love.

Julie O’Sullivan: I am working in a preshcool in Douglas. I did my work experience there and they offered me a full time job. This course has taught me so much and I have gained so much experience and knowledge that I now use in every day in my work setting. I really enjoyed my time in the College of Commerce as the teachers were so supportive and helpful as well as having a great laugh.

Yewnade Ladejobi, Bernadette Horgan, Amy Kelleher and Julie O'Sullivan

Megan Gough: I loved the course so much that I am now continuing to study the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education in the College of Commerce. My teachers are so kind and friendly and really believe in us, supporting us all the way.

Fiona Gough: I really enjoyed this course and my time in the College of Commerce. The college has great teachers who are so helpful and offer continuous supprt throughout the year. You never feel on your own.

Fiona Goff and Megan Gough

I really  enjoyed my time at the College of Commerce. There is a lovely atmosphere where it makes learning easy to do. I have learned so much from all my modules, especially the Special Needs Assisting module which I really fell I got a great insight into children. This course is so beneficial for my professional and now my personal life.

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Joanna Keating: I am currently studying Montessori in CIT. The College of Commerce has helped me so much to adjust to CIT with regard to studying and organising myself. There is such a nice learning atmosphere here and the class sizes are nice and small. There is a wonderful personal time with the teachers here. I really enjoyed this.

Katherine Barry: I am currently employed by KinderCare in Ballincollig. My teachers were very supportive and helped me throughout the year. The class size was fantastic and we really benefited with great time from our teachers. The course really prepared me for working with children. I am now applying what I learned in college in my setting every day.

Joanne Kenning and Katherine Barry, Now studying Montessori in UCC (Joanna) and working in KinderCare in Ballincollig (Katherine)

I really loved my time in Cork College of Commerce. I have progressed to CIT whre I am enjoying Montessori so much. At first I found it difficult but with the great support I got from my teachers, I got through it. My teachers were so passionate about Montessori. It just motivated me so much, I want to continue with my Montessori studies.

Elizabeth Nokothula Emerhu, Now studying in CIT.