Enniscorthy Community College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

This is the final year that anyone that holds a ECCE level 5 qualification can transfer directly into the level 6 ECCE course

Course Overview

Our Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education course aims to develop our learners to the highest level of professional competence as practitioners. This is achieved through a wide knowledge and a deep understanding of educational practises in conjunction with the principles set down by Síolta: the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear: The Curriculum Framework for Early Learning. This qualification will allow you to work as a room leader or supervisor under the ECCE scheme. You will be qualified to work with children from 0-12 years within the broader ELC (Childcare) settings. This course is ideal for those currently working within an early years setting.

The ECCE level 6 course offers the next stage for a career in the Early Years at a supervisory or management level.

Course Code: 6M2007

Course Director: Denise Quirke

Certification: QQI Level 6


1 Year full time, Level 6.

Work placement for 2 days per week (minimum 150 hours) on Monday and Tuesday Once Garda Vetting forms have been received from each student.

Employment Opportunities

To work as an autonomous practitioner and/or take responsibility for coordinating the provision of a quality early childhood care and education setting, that is room leadership and management.

Programme of Study

(Components are subject to change)

  • Child Development 6N1942
  • Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
  • Disability Awareness 6N1975
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 6N1945
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973
  • Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy 6N1935

Higher Education Progression

Link with Wexford Campus (Carlow IT)

  • Advanced Certificate in ECCE Level 6 students that reach a distinction standard may have the option to transfer into second year of the three year honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Care CW028.

Link with Waterford Institute of Technology

  • WD149 Early Childhood Studies WD018 Applied Social Studies in Social Care
  • WD188 Applied Health Care WD187 Social Science
  • WD192 Social Care Practice

Minimum Entry Requirements

All participants must have access to a professional early years/ childcare environment to fulfil the assessment requirement of the course, which is 150 hours work experience. Valid Garda Vetting from Waterford & Wexford ETB – Students from Early Childhood Care and Education level 5 courses studied in Waterford & Wexford ETB CAN CARRY THEIR Garda Vetting over to the Advanced Certificate in ECCE Level 6.

Limited places.

Student Service Contribution of €200

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