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.

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

Students are required to gain work experience in a relevant sector and to establish contact with prospective employers.


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

As the course is ndp funded, there are no tuition fees. However, the following are payable:

  • €20 non-refundable administration fee with your application form.
  • €100 registration fee on commencement of the course.
  • €200 contribution to the Department of Education and Skills – see page 4 for exemptions.
  • €50 exam fees payable in January – see page 4 for exemptions.
  • Some modules will require the purchase of a text book.

grants and social welfare

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: please check 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.

Note: this course is offered subject to sufficient enrolment and DES sanction.

About This Course

Course id6M2007
Start date11 Sep 2017
durationSeptember to May, full-time day course

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