Childcare Training Courses, full-time, part time, and distance learning. For a recognised qualification in child care level 6 or Level 5 QQI.

Full list of Childcare Courses 
Childcare Training Courses

Frequently asked questions

How much does the course cost. Can I pay in installments?

Places on all programmes can be reserved with a deposit of €400 and the balance of the fees paid by direct debit.

How do I apply?

You can apply for our Childcare Courses in a number of ways. 1) You can fill in an application form online and pay your deposit through PayPal or by credit card over the phone. 2) You can request an application form which will be posted out to you which you return with your deposit/full fee.

Duration – How long is the course?

All part-time courses are approximately 18 months in duration to included holidays, work experience and self-directed learning.
All blended learning options are two years in duration.

Qualification – What qualification will I have at the end

On successful completion of the programme you will achieve a full major award at QQI Level 5 or Level 6 depending on the programme. If you complete ECCE with Montessori L6, you will also gain a College Certificate showing that you are qualified to teach the Montessori Method of Education to children between the ages of three and six years

Assessment – How am I assessed?

Each of the component modules will have their own assessment criteria. These range from portfolio work, written assignments, skills demonstrations and written exams. All assessments must be passed in order to gain the Major Award Qualification.

What is the difference between Part-Time and Blended Learning?

Do you offer online Childcare Courses or Montessori Courses?
Part-Time childcare courses are delivered two evenings a week. Some programmes also require attendance at Saturday seminar sessions. These sessions are usually set aside for assessment purposes.

Blended Learning allows the student to work from the comfort of their own home, with the support of a tutor both online by email and by telephone, one evening a week during specific contact hours. Attendance is required at a number of Saturday seminar sessions over the duration of the programme. These sessions are for demonstrations, lectures or assessment purposes.

Online programmes are not offered at the moment, but it is envisaged that they will be offered shortly.

Where can I go from here with my qualification?

Learners have a number of options once they complete their awards.

Childcare Level 5 learners can go directly to the work place and work as a practitioner in an Early Years setting. They can also continue their studies by completing a Childcare or ECCE with Montessori programme at QQI Level 6.

Childcare Level 6 learners can go directly into the workforce as a leader in a room in an Early Years setting. They can also continue their studies to Level 7 and above.

Progressive College has working relationships with a number of third level institutes which accept our learners directly into year 2 of their degree programmes.

ECCE with Montessori Level 6 learners can go directly into the workforce as a Montessori Directress in an Early Years or Montessori pre-school setting.

They can also continue their studies to Level 7 and above. Progressive College has a direct relationship with St. Nicholas Montessori College, who accept our learners directly into year 2 of their degree programme.

How much work experience is required?

Do I have to get this myself?

Learners are required to complete 110 hours of work place experience, regardless of which programme they study. ECCE with Montessori learners must complete their work experience in a Montessori environment. This work experience can be structured to fit in with the learners life. The College believes that it is important for the learner to source their own work placements. This is a valuable skill which will be beneficial when the learner begins to seek employment. Most learners like to complete their work placement close to where they live.

Entry Requirements

Learners should have studied to Leaving Certificate or equivalent and have a good understanding of written and spoken English. Mature students and students with relevant work/life experience are also welcome to apply.

Location

The College operates their courses from a number of venues, both in Dublin and regionally around the country. Dublin venues include the City Centre, Dundrum and Blackrock.

Why choose Progressive College


The College of Progressive Education School of Childcare provides quality childcare training for students wishing to pursue a career in the field of childcare and Early Years Education. Established in 1986 as The School of Practical Childcare, we were one of the first educational establishments to offer childcare courses in an era where no qualifications for working in this sector were required. With the ever changing climate in the Early Years sector and the increased need for qualified practitioners, The College of Progressive Education gives learners the opportunity to gain the necessary QQI qualification in childcare required under legislation to work in the Early Years sector. All of our tutors are highly qualified in their respective fields with many of them qualified to graduate level and beyond. They are committed individuals who go beyond merely teaching our childcare courses. They are positive and encouraging and inspire confidence and passion in their students.

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Other Resources

For up to date information on policy issues relating to Early Childhood Care & Education www.dcya.gov.ie

To access information regarding the Early Years Curriculum Framework – Aistear www.ncca.ie

The Early Years Quality Framework can be found here www.siolta.ie

 

7. Work Experience
How much work experience is required?
Do I have to get this myself?

Learners are required to complete 110 hours of work place experience, regardless of which programme they study. ECCE with Montessori learners must complete their work experience in a Montessori environment. This work experience can be structured to fit in with the learners life. The College believes that it is important for the learner to source their own work placements. This is a valuable skill which will be beneficial when the learner begins to seek employment. Most learners like to complete their work placement close to where they live.

8. Entry Requirements: 
Learners should have studied to Leaving Certificate or equivalent and have a good understanding of written and spoken English. Mature students and students with relevant work/life experience are also welcome to apply.

 

9. Location
Where is the course held?

The College operates their courses from a number of venues, both in Dublin and regionally around the country. Dublin venues include the City Centre, Dundrum and Blackrock.

 

10. Why choose Progressive College

The College of Progressive Education School of Childcare provides quality childcare training for students wishing to pursue a career in the field of childcare and Early Years Education. Established in 1986 as The School of Practical Childcare, we were one of the first educational establishments to offer childcare courses in an era where no qualifications for working in this sector were required. With the ever changing climate in the Early Years sector and the increased need for qualified practitioners, The College of Progressive Education gives learners the opportunity to gain the necessary QQI qualification in childcare required under legislation to work in the Early Years sector. All of our tutors are highly qualified in their respective fields with many of them qualified to graduate level and beyond. They are committed individuals who go beyond merely teaching our childcare courses. They are positive and encouraging and inspire confidence and passion in their students.