This Advanced Certificate enables graduates to work with children up to 6 years of age in a variety of Early Years Services. Having gained 3 years experience in employment, graduates may apply for the post of Room Leader. During the course all students get the opportunity to experience 120 hours of work experience in an Early Years Service, which is a mandatory aspect of the course. Students visit Blackrock Observatory to learn about the solar system and our planet earth and also participate in hands on science experiments. As part of Continuous Professional Development, students are offered Leadership Training and will also attend a Conference on ‘The Professionalization of Early Years Practitioners’.


1 year


Course Fees

€530 including QQI examination fees (Medical Card holders are exempt from 280)



  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007
  • Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)
  • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)


Monica Boyle Perry

(028) 21644

  • Child Development 6N1942
  • Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6N1945
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973
  • Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture 6N1936
  • Applicants with a Major Childcare Award at Level 5 may apply for this Level 6 Childcare award.
  • Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non Irish Nationals.

Field Trip

Professional guest speakers

Childcare conference

  • Dundalk IT Level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies (hosted in CCOC) but must have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service (minimum of 15 hours per week) and must have access to a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes.
  • Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course.

Supervisory roles in Early years settings and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places, i.e charities, hotels,etc.  SNA positions in primary schools.  Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

“My name is Annie O Donovan. I completed the QQI level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education in May 2016. I am currently working as a special needs assistant in a national school with children with severe and profound disabilities. I work 5 days a week from 9.15 – 2.00.

As I had been out of education for a number of years (too long to mention) and been out of full time employment also as I was a full time mother I found the course a great foundation for going out into the work force. The content of the course meant I had become knowledgeable in childcare areas regarding holistic development, health, safety, creative arts and many other areas. The work experience was invaluable as it meant I became familiar with what was and would be required of me while working within the sector.

Before starting the course I was given very valuable advice (by Monica) to keep on top of my work load and not too let things build, I took this advice most sincerely and whilst there where weeks I thought I’d never get through it, I ploughed on and with the help of the tutors and fellow class members I proudly completed the course and am very happy in full time employment till June 2017.

Annie O'Donovan

Special Needs Assistant

“I am currently undertaking the Honours Bachelor Degree in Social Work, University College Cork. I knew I would have to do a course to upskill and prepare me for University in order to better my chances of acceptance into UCC. QQ1 Level 5 Childcare greatly enabled me to achieve this. Excellent placement opportunities settings are provided to students partaking in Level 5 Childcare. Both the Staff and students in my course ensured that I reached my full potential. My goal is to specialise in the Mental Health area of social work. I would highly recommend Level 5 Childcare to anybody considering furthering their education in order to gain access to professional levels of employment. There are a range of prospects in education and employment on completion of this course e.g. within the social science field, Occupational Therapy or within the field of disability services for children. It is a great starting point to better enable you to achieve your goals, and with a bit of determination and support you will achieve them.”

Gráinne McCarthy

Student at UCC