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.

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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)

€530 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280). See Payment for details.


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