If you’ve completed your Level 5 Early Years and have a thirst to climb the ladder to the next Level specialising in Montessori then this is an exciting new  opportunity for you. Young minds and hearts depend on the professionalism of those who care for and educate them and children with extra needs deserve the best. If that’s you then this is your course. Students participate in a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory and attend at conferences and seminars.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Team Leadership 6N1948 – Participate in organisational planning and teamwork planning to include setting, specific measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) objectives. Demonstrate team leadership to include team building, supporting team members at different stages of team development, motivation strategies, interpersonal communications etc. Negotiate a plan with team members involving effective delegation of tasks and responsibilities. Lead progress on a work plan taking corrective action to ensure successful completion of the plan.
  • Early Learning Philosophy 6N1932 – Learn about a number of educators such as, Dr. Maria Montessori, Fredrich Froebel, Rudolf Steiner and David Weikart. Explore different activities and routines in various early years’ services. Learn about the layout of play rooms and pre-schools for children from 6 months to 5.5 years.
  • Early Learning Environment 6N1933 – Learn to plan play rooms & Montessori pre-school rooms which promote a child’s personal development and well being. Learn practical ways in which Montessori materials help children to explore, discover, problem solve leading to new skills and concepts.
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy 6N1935 – Learn how to enable children to develop mathematical and literacy skills in a practical age appropriate way which is underpinned by theoretical approaches. Explore a range of resources to support children’s learning using practical Montessori learning materials.
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture 6N1936 – Learn a range of creative arts and cultural activities appropriate for children under 6 years which promote self expression, identity & belonging. Use a broad range of Montessori cultural activities and exercises.

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Manual Handling Training and Certification (requirement for work experience): Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included.  Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
  • Child Paths training certificate: This is an introductory workshop, for early years level 6 student on how to use the Childpaths Educational Software App.  Students are given an overview of how it was started and why.   Additionally, the students gain an understanding of the features within it, for example documenting children’s attendance, medicine administration, sleep, nappy changes, and using Aistear and PILES for the child’s overall holistic development. This content is demonstrated via videos showing the applications in action. Students then get hands-on experience to practice using the software as part of the training on college iPads. All students who successfully complete the programme receive a Certificate of Completion from Child Paths and Cork College of Commerce.
  • Paediatric First Aid: The course gives the early years learner the knowledge and skills in Paediatric First AidThe content includes the responsibilities of a First Aider, how to undertake CPR for Child and Infants and how to react in an emergency.  Additionally, child and infant choking, bleeding first aid, dealing with unconscious children and infants, febrile seizures, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Asthma are also covered.  Finally, Meningitis and poisoning, fractures and soft tissue injuries and burns first aid is addressed. To successfully complete the course learners will have to demonstrate correct CPR practice and defibrillator use. At the end of the course the students will receive certification in paediatric first aid for two years.
  • Football for All workshop (Coaching players with a disability): This workshop develops a strong sense of disability awareness across a range of conditions, physical, sensory, etc. so that learners can ensure that children can have meaningful participation in football activities. The content includes an overview of conditions – physical, sensory etc.  In addition, it includes an explanation on how to set up football tasks and a demonstration of the materials used – audible balls, hi vis vests.

Applicants must have a Leaving Certificate with 6 passes to include at least 2 H5 grades on Higher Level papers. English, Irish and Maths are required. Leaving Certificate subjects and a Level 5 Major award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 to include component ‘Children with Additional Needs’ 5N2396. Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non Irish Nationals. An offer of a place is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • CIT: Montessori (CR622) Direct Entry to Year 3
  • St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland: Montessori (NM701) Direct Entry to Year 3
  • CIT: Early Childhood Studies
  • University of Sunderland: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Year Three (Final Year).

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.

Montessori Pre-school Teacher, Montessori Leader in Early Years setting, supervisory positions in early years settings and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places. 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.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €560 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280). See Payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 6M2007
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 and Statistics 5N2066 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths or Statistics for progression).
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake work experience two mornings per week in a registered TUSLA Montessori Early Years Service for the duration of the course.
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My time in cork college of commerce was excellent. I made many friends in the course and found a love for Montessori through it. While at times it may have been tough working through the assignments, the support from lecturers and classmates helped made the year enjoyable and rewarding.

Olivia Quinlan, Your Content Goes Here

I started my Further Education with College of Commerce doing my FETAC Level 5 as it was known back then. The dedication of the teachers and material covered with College of Commerce spurred me on to do my Level 8 Honours degree at Cork Institute of Technology. Now, today, I am back where I started here at the college doing teaching practice for my Higher Diploma in Further Education. This could not have been achieved without College of Commerce for without it, things would have worked out very differently for me. I cannot praise the college highly enough for starting me on my educational journey.

Chris Howard, Childcare Graduate

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!

Jessica Ryan, Childcare Graduate

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

Moira McGuinness, Childcare Graduate