Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education

Course Aim

This one year course aims to provide students with the in-depth knowledge of child development and learning, along with quality supervisory skills and competence to work as a supervisor in an Early Childhood Care and Education setting. Graduates can progress directly into employment in the Early Years Services or gain entry to third level degree courses at Universities and ITs.


Course Modules

  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Environment
  • Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies
  • Child Development
  • Child Psychology
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Special Needs Assisting



6M2007 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education


Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 5 award in Early Childhood Care & Education or equivalent is a prerequisite to access this Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

DkIT | Early Childhood Studies | Level 8 (Advanced Entry)
IT Carlow | Early Childhood Education & Care | Level 8
Maynooth University | Arts/Psychology/Social Science | Level 8
Maynooth University Early Childhood Teaching & Learning (part-time) | Level 8
DCU | Early Childhood Education | Level 8
NUI Galway | Arts (Children’s Studies) | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Early Years Room Leader | Childcare Practitioner in Crèche/Playgroups | Pre-School Room Leader | Private Childcare Settings | Au Pair | Montessori & ECCE Teacher


2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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