• Code: HF
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007)
  • Duration: One Year


On the successful completion of this award the learner will be qualified to supervise in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting. They learner will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competence to work as an autonomous practitioner. The successful learner with the ability to lead and co-ordinate a team in the provision of Early Childhood Care and Education. Knowledge of how to create an environment which promotes the development of capable active children in line with national standards will be gained. This award will provide learners with opportunities to transfer and progress to programmes leading to higher education and training awards. QQI Level 6 is an internationally recognised award which allows the learner to work abroad with their qualification.

Programme of Study
  • Child Development 6N1942
  • Early childhood Curriculum 6N1944
  • Childhood Social Legal Health Studies 6N1945
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Equality and Diversity 6N1974
  • Supervision in Early Childhood 6N1973
  • Personal and Professional Development 6N1949

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

• QQI level 5 award in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)

• Other QQI Level 5 awards within the caring professions. It is recommended Child Development/Human Growth and Development components would be part of the level 5 award

Places offered following successful interview. Garda Vetting and 2 references are necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities

• Room leader
• Manager
• Supervisor
• Special needs assistant

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

• TU Dublin:
Early Childhood Care and Education (DT572)

• IT Carlow:
Early Childhood Care and Education (CW748)

• WIT:
Early Childhood Studies (WD149)

• UCC:
Early Childhood Care and Education (CK111)

Course Co-Ordinator

Fiona Bradshaw 

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"In beginning this course, I knew I wanted to work with children but I didn’t know in what capacity. The modules offered were so thorough and broad and gave me an insight into how I would like to progress. The required placement in an ECCE setting is hugely beneficial. I am now studying a BA in UL to become a child social worker. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in working with children and wants to advance in their career or education." - Meg Burke

"My experience in BIFE whilst completing my level 6 was more than I could have ever imagined. I gained more confidence and skills than I ever thought I would and made friends of a life time. I couldn't have gotten through it without the help and support of my teachers who were absolute stars for the whole thing. If I could do it all over again I would. I am now in a full time job working in childcare and I couldn't be happier that I have the job I've always wanted and I have BIFE to thank for that." - Chloe Bolger

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