If you’ve completed your Level 5 Early Years and have a thirst to climb the ladder to the next Level specialising in special needs 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 attendance at conferences and seminars.

Stage 2 (advanced certificate in ELC)

  • 6C21517: Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to engage in an advanced personal and professional capacity to work independently and as part of a team in ELC settings, in line with legislation, policy and frameworks with an emphasis on the management of relationships with all stakeholders.
  • 6C21518: Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to enable learners to examine sociology, social policy and associated legal responsibilities, frameworks, and guidelines to support children, their families and other stakeholders working autonomously and as part of a team in ELC settings
  • 6C21519: The Developing Child: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, and competence relevant to the theory and practice of the developing child while working autonomously and with all stakeholders in the ELC sector.
  • 6C21520: Curriculum and Pedagogy: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to utilise a broad range of inclusive pedagogical approaches in ELC, through the media of curricula, theory, practice, and assessment.
  • 6C21521: Inclusive Early Learning and Care: This purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to support inclusive education and care of all children including children with additional needs or who are dual language learners or who are new to the community while working autonomously and with others in the ELC setting.
  • 6C21522: Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence required to supervise and to undertake administrative duties in ELC settings using effective communication strategies with all stakeholders including professional organisations and funding scheme providers.
  • Special Needs Assisting 6N1957:- The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.

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 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. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview. 

  • UCC: Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111) Year One
  • MTU Cork: Early Childhood Education and Care (MT572) Year Two
  • WIT: Early Childhood Education and Care (WD149) Year Two
  • University of Sunderland: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Year Three (Final Year).

Great progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry 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.

Supervisory roles in Early Years Services and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places, i.e. charities, hotels etc. SNA positions in primary schools.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €330 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €80). See Payment for details.
  • Certification: QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21471.
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake 150 hours of Professional Practice in a minimum of 2 early Years of Early Years settings per annum. The settings will include birth -2 yrs 8 months, and 2 yrs 8 months to 6 years. All Professional Practice placements must be carried out with an ELC provider currently registered with TUSLA. Learners must be garda vetted before going on the placement. Learners must complete the current Children First E-Learning programme before going on placement.

Email: advancedchildcare@ccoc.ie          Tel: (021) 4223835

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    Vivienne Mullane: “I am working as a Special Needs Assistant in St Johns Primary School, the course, especially the module Children with additional needs provided me with invaluable experience and help to prepare me for my job”

    Sarah O Mahony: “I am working as an Early Years Educator in Little Einstein Pre – school; 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.”

    Kirsty Maguire, Anna Musial, Ana Ruis Fernandes and Rita Ujvari have all continued to study at Level 6, and have “made lifelong friends”.

    Sarah O'Mahony, Ana Ruis Fernandes, Anna Musial, Kirsty Maguire, Vivienne Mulland and Rita Ujvari, Early Childhood Care and Education