National Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education – Level 6

National Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education – Level 6

aim of the course

The course will provide progression from level 5 to an Advanced Certificate in Childcare at level 6 with a focus on supervision and management of childcare facilities.


QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007

entry requirements

Applicants must have completed the QQI level 5 Childcare. The learner must be Garda vetted to avail of college facilities.

Sample course content

Participants will study a combination of 8 modules to meet the programme requirements including:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing (level 5)
  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care
  • Equality and Diversity in Childcare

Students are required to gain work experience in a relevant sector and to establish contact with prospective employers. (120 hours/16 days.)


One year from September to May. Approximately 20 hours’ class contact plus computer lab time.

progression/further education

A limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on ordinary degree and honours degree courses in third level colleges for students who successfully complete a fetac course. Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on and

course fees

Please see fees section.

Grants and Social Welfare:

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: Please check the Student Universal Support System at and Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

It is imperative that recipients of Social Welfare payments contact the offices of the Department of Family and Social Affairs before commencing this course.

* All programmes are offered subject to sanction by DES and LCETB and minimum enrollment numbers.

About This Course

Course id6M2007
Start date13 Sep 2021
LocationCollege of FET Ennis Campus
durationSeptember to May, full-time day course

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