College of Management and IT (CMIT)

QQI Level 6 Advanced Cert in Early Learning and Care (ELC)

Qualification under the NFQ.

eLearning course with Tutor Support.

Start any time and work at your own pace.

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  • Interest Free Payment Plan Available – Pay €119.50 per month over 10 months.
  • No other accreditation or certification fees to pay.
  • Course is completed over 9 months. Learners can work at their own pace and can start at any time of year.
  • Blended learning (online with face-to-face elements) course with Tutor Support, accredited by QQI.
  • Applicants will be required to complete 150 hours Professional Practice Placement. A minimum of 50 hours must be completed with children in each of the following age groups: (1) with children aged 0-2 years 8 months, and (2) with children aged 2 years 8 months – 6 years.
  • We cover students work placement insurance at no extra cost.
Course Details

CMIT is offering those interested in pursuing a challenging and rewarding career in early years learning and care an opportunity to complete the brand new QQI Level 6 Childcare Early Learning and Care (ELC) Major Award.

This level 6 certificate is designed with Early Childhood professionals, and the children they will engage with, in mind. The aim of the programme is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills, and competence to work as autonomous practitioners, subject to practice supervision, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children from 0 to six years, and/or to take responsibility for a room or area in an ELC setting. The QQI Level 6 Childcare programme comprises of 6 modules. The CMIT eLearning system enables learners to work at their own pace while being fully supported by a qualified Tutor.

There is a qualified Early Years Tutor assigned to all students to provide guidance and assistance throughout the course and written personalised feedback is provided on all assessment work.

By choosing to study with CMIT, students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes comprehensive Course Manuals, Live Webinars, Videos, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support and scheduled placement meetings both on-site and online to support learners. The course is very user-friendly and easy to follow. You will also be able to upload assessments and receive Tutor feedback online. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this Early Learning and Care (ELC) course?
  • Aspiring Early Childhood Educators: Suitable for those who have completed ELC Level 5 and wish to further their career in early childhood education.
  • Career Advancers: Ideal for individuals aiming for roles like pre-school leader or room leader in Early Childhood Care and Education settings.
  • Educational Progression Seekers: For those aiming for higher qualifications or continuing education in related degree programs.
  • Prospective Managers and Lead Educators: Targeted towards aspiring Managers or Lead Educators in early learning settings, aligning with regulatory requirements and professional standards.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • Level 5 Major Award Childcare or equivalent.
  • Applicants will be required to complete 150 hours Professional Practice Placement. A minimum of 50 hours must be completed with children in each of the following age groups: (1) with children aged 0-2 years 8 months, and (2) with children aged 2 years 8 months – 6 years.
  • Applicants will require Garda Vetting prior to commencing Professional Practice. Contact the college for details.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in live online classes/webinars.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in placement monitoring visits (on-site and online) during their course.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland and hold a valid PPS Number.
  • Basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access and word processing software is required to do the course. For technical requirements click here>>
  • As this NFQ qualification is delivered through English it is necessary learners will have sufficient written English skills to complete this course. Learners for whom English is not a first language will be required to provide evidence of meeting a minimum English language and literacy competency of B2 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
  • It may be possible to gain exemptions from certain modules of the course. If you hold ECCE components please contact us and we can advise you of possible exemptions.
  • Further details on the proficiencies required to complete awards at Level 6 are explained in the Equipped to Participate Statements.  Full details are available here>>


How CMIT eLearning Works…
Topics covered in this Early Learning and Care (ELC) Childcare course
Component 1: Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
  • Introduction
  • Legislation
  • Best practice approaches
  • Equality proofing
Component 2: Advanced Child Development
  • Key theories
  • Socio-cultural theory
  • Observation studies
  • Reflective practice
Component 3: Effective Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Effective management
  • Developing self and others
  • Reflective practice
Component 4: Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Approaches to curriculum
  • Teaching methods
  • Integrating play, activities and programmes into curriculum
  • Reflective practice
Component 5: Sociology and Social Policy
  • Introduction
  • Types, and impacts, of discrimination
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Developing a rights-based approach
Component 6: Advanced Professional Practice (Work experience)
  • Work experience
  • Insurance during work placement/work experience is provided by CMIT through our insurance provider.
  • This Level 6 Childcare course is assessed through completion of project work, assignments and personal learner records which record your personal experience of supervision in a childcare context. All work submitted must be your own work.
  • As part of our quality assurance, assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.
Transfer and Progression to Further Studies
  • This Level 6 Childcare course is listed on the Higher Education Links Scheme, and, on successful completion, may be used to obtain access to a course at a higher level (e.g., Level 7 or 8 on the National Framework). For more details contact us.
Protection for Enrolled Learners
  • As this course is of 3 months duration or longer, learners who enrol on this course are protected under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.
  • CMIT has approval to offer students learner protection insurance. Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their Insurance Policy.  Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection insurance is provided by Arachas and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC. The learner protection policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by s. 65(4)(b) of the 2012 Act.’
  • More information.
  • Following successful completion of all required modules, you will receive a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care (6M22115).
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details

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