Course Code: 6M2007

Course Delivery:

As per QQI requirements, if you wish to use previously achieved modules to complete your Major Award, then they must have been achieved within the last five years.  You must provide the College with copies of these certificates in order to go forward for certification once you have completed your programme of training with us.



QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award

Course Units

6N1942 Child Development 6
6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum 6
6N1945 Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6
6N1973 Supervision in Early Childhood care 6
6N1957 Special Needs Assisting 6
6N2023 Child Psychology 6
6N1946 Work Experience 6
6N1950 Communications 6


This QQI Level 6 Childcare Course is designed to equip the learners with the knowledge and skill to work independently as a room leader or supervisor under the ECCE scheme. Successful graduates will be qualified to work with children from 0 – 6 in a range of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings and or to progress to higher education and training.

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis.  This Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award at Level 6 provides learners with a solid and integrated programme of training by combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience through integrated work placement.  This programme provides learners with the highest level of professional competence as practitioners, establishing in them a wide knowledge and a deep understanding of educational practices.

This QQI Level 6 Childcare Course develops an understanding of the interdependency of all domains of child development and examines its impact on past and modern early childhood education and care practices.  Learners acquire an understanding of early childhood curriculums and develop an awareness of social and legal issues which relate directly to and impact on early childhood education and care settings.

The QQI Component in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications will provide learners with the competence to work as autonomous practitioners and to lead and supervise others in the provision of quality early childhood care and education in a variety of ECCE settings. This can be either in a daycare centre, crèche, pre-school/after school facility or with families as a professional childminder. The programme leads to the QQI Level 6 award 6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education. Learners will complete a total of 8 modules to achieve the award.

On completion of the award, learners will have the option of progressing to higher education and training opportunities. Subject to certain specific requirements this course can be used through the CAO to apply for a third level degree course in a related discipline.

Course Fee Information:


Pay In Full – €1,395

Pay in Instalments – €1,500

(€375 deposit & 3 monthly instalments paid consecutively of €375 starting when the course begins)




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Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this programme are the following:

  1. To equip learners with a sound understanding of child development theory and observation methodologies which will enable the learners to apply this knowledge in work practice through observing, recording and making recommendations relating to children’s holistic development.
  2. To ensure learners can plan, implement and evaluate learning programmes for children with reference to a broad range of Early Educational theorists and curriculum approaches with specific reference to the Aistear framework and Siolta principles.
  3. To familiarize learners with an overview of the Irish statutory, legal and healthcare systems and supports available to children and families with an emphasis on the area of child protection and adherence to national guidelines in this area.
  4. To enable learners to utilize a range of supervisory skills in the workplace which promote effective working relationships, excellent communication skills and policy and procedural adherence to best practice guidelines.
  5. To promote in learners an understanding of a range of special needs that may present in children and to demonstrate how they can effectively assist and support children within the ECCE setting while valuing diversity and fostering equality and inclusion

Entry Requirements & Assessment/Examinations


No prior skills, knowledge or competence in the award subject matter will be required of the learner for successful entry to the programme; but learners will be expected to have a minimum of Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent and/or experience.  Proficiency in English language is required, together with a strong interest in (subject).
Learners whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test (e.g. IELTS 5.5) or other similar English Language qualifications.

Progressive College are committed to providing equal access to education and equal opportunities for mature students (23 years +).  Mature applicants do not need to match school-leavers in terms of academic achievement, provided there is evidence of the ability to pursue and benefit from the course, but candidates must be 23 years of age or over on the 1st January of the year of entry to their programme of study.  Mature students must also have proficiency in the English language.



  • Continuous assessment
  • Skills demonstrations
  • Child Development exam
  • 110 hours of work practice in an ECCE setting.

Alternative assessments are in place to facilitate students who are unable to find placement due to current L5 COVID19 restrictions.

Location & date:

Location Cut-Off Starts Weekday Time Duration
Dublin 2 City Centre Open for Enrolling 15/02/2022 Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm-9.30pm 32 Weeks

*Thursday is a 2 hour online webinar