Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 (VTOS)

QQI Award 6M2007

This is a one year full time VTOS course. The course aims to give knowledge, training, up-skilling and confidence to learners enabling them to take up meaningful work in the area of Childcare. Learners will acquire knowledge of child development, curriculums, policies and procedures in the ECCE setting, and Special Needs Assisting. Learners will gain beneficial experience while on work placement enabling them to be confident and professional in the industry.

Course Content

Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies, Child Development, Early Childhood Curriculum, Work Experience, Communications, Early Childhood Arts and Culture, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy, Special Needs Assisting.

Workshops will be an important element of this course. They will be facilitated by experts from the Childcare Industry.

Entry Requirements

VTOS eligible. All applicants who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified teachers who are in a position to make recommendations as to which course may suit their learning needs.

Applicants for the QQI Level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education must hold a QQI Level 5 award in Early Childhood Care and Education.


1 Year

Work Placement

Garda vetting is a mandatory requirement for this course. Students are required to carry out
200  practice placement hours in any of the following settings: A Registered ECCE setting as recognized by the HSE, a recognized Primary School as per the Department of Education and Skills and a recognized Montessori school.

Progression / Career Opportunities

This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities in the Childcare Industry On successful completion of students will have the qualification necessary for employment as Pre-School Leader, and Room Leader roles in Early Childhood Settings. Graduates from this course may gain entry to Degree Programmes in a number of Institutes of Technology with related courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

How to Apply

Apply online here or email vtos@cdcfe.com for more information