College of Management and IT (CMIT)QQI Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 6 Major Award)

QQI Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 6 Major Award)

on request
Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details

CMIT are offering Childcare staff an opportunity to pursue the LEVEL 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education. This major award meets the educational requirements as set out for the ECCE scheme. The course has been designed to equip all staff with the recognised qualification and full accreditation within a 10 month duration. In a climate where time is precious, CMIT is offering an innovative approach to learning. The CMIT eLearning system enables learners to work at their own pace, while being fully supported by a qualified Tutor.

There is a qualified Childcare Tutor assigned to all students to provide guidance and assistance throughout the course. The tutor will provide assistance throughout the course, and will provide written personalised feedback on all your assessment work.

By choosing to study this course 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. The course is very user friendly and easy to follow. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive Tutor feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Topics covered in this Course

Component 1: Supervision in Early Childhood Care

Personal Development

Supervisory Management

Organisational Skills

Leading a Childcare Team

Component 2: Team Leadership

Understanding Organisations

Building Effective Relationships

Motivating, Developing and Empowering

Performance Management

Component 3: Work Experience

Completion of Work Experience Diary and Reflection

Component 4: Childhood, Social Legal and Health Studies

Overview of the Childcare Sector

Social Policy and Legislation

Child Protection

Equality in Childcare

Component 5: Equality and Diversity in Childcare


Developing an Equality Plan

Personal Development as a Childcare Practitioner

Component 6: Early Childhood Curriculum

Overview of Childhood Education

Features of effective Childhood Programmes

Programme Development and Implementation

Planning and Evaluation

Component 7: Child Psychology

Research Methods

Learning and Development

Technology in Child Psychology

Development of Self

Component 8: Child Development

The Physical Child

The Thinking Child

The Social and Emotional Child

Child Observation Studies


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites


Leaving Cert (or equivalent) or a QQI Level 5 major award in any area (certificates must be provided).

Applicants must currently be working, or on work experience, in the childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week.

Childminders must have access to an ECCE setting to complete some assessments.

Participation in live online classes / webinars. These are held on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm. For a complete schedule contact the college.

It is possible to gain exemptions from certain components of the course. If you already hold a qualifying QQI award, or any childcare award, please contact and we will advise you of available exemptions.

Some assessments require completion of work, which must be evaluated by a suitably qualified supervisor or manager.



This course is assessed through completion of project work, assignments and personal learner records which record your personal experience of supervision in a childcare context. There is one exam with this course.

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.



Following successful completion of all required modules, you will receive a QQI Level 6 Major Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ref. 6M2007)

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.

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