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Childcare Education with Montessori

Course Description

This course is designed to equip learners with the skills required to gain employment in a variety of childcare settings but particularly in the pre-school setting.  The course covers all aspects of working with children. It will suit both school leavers and mature students who are interested in working with children.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Social Studies
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Communications

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), or equivalent.  No CAO points required.  Places for qualifying applicants will be allocated on the basis of suitability and interview. Mature students are welcome.

Work Experience

Work experience forms and integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Successful students can expect to gain employment in a wide range of ECCE settings including: childminder, crèche assistant, nursery assistant, playschool, pre-schools, montessori schools, after school services, day care centres, private homes, primary schools.  

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 

Graduates may opt to continue their studies to the QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education in Kerry College of Further Education.

Also, graduates may alternatively progress to the TL880 Early Childhood Care and Education at IT Tralee or the B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education at Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick.  Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Course Fees

Registration fee is €150. Government Levy €200 - exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance. Details of all other fees including workshops, first aid etc available from the college office.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • A QQI Level 5 award in Early Childhood Care and Education - 5M2009
  • A First-Aid Certificate

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click the apply button below.

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