If you’ve completed your Level 5 Early Years and have a thirst to climb the ladder to the next Level then this course can help you to advance your skills and knowledge to become room leader once you have generated the experience needed to add to the qualification.

Young minds and hearts depend on the professionalism of those who care for and educate them and if this is your passion then this is your course. Students participate in a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory and attendance at conferences and seminars.

Stage 2 (advanced certificate in ELC)

  • 6C21517: Advanced Professional Practice Placement in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to engage in an advanced personal and professional capacity to work independently and as part of a team in ELC settings, in line with legislation, policy and frameworks with an emphasis on the management of relationships with all stakeholders.
  • 6C21518: Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to enable learners to examine sociology, social policy and associated legal responsibilities, frameworks, and guidelines to support children, their families and other stakeholders working autonomously and as part of a team in ELC settings
  • 6C21519: The Developing Child: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, and competence relevant to the theory and practice of the developing child while working autonomously and with all stakeholders in the ELC sector.
  • 6C21520: Curriculum and Pedagogy: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence required to utilise a broad range of inclusive pedagogical approaches in ELC, through the media of curricula, theory, practice, and assessment.
  • 6C21521: Inclusive Early Learning and Care: This purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to support inclusive education and care of all children including children with additional needs or who are dual language learners or who are new to the community while working autonomously and with others in the ELC setting.
  • 6C21522: Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care: The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence required to supervise and to undertake administrative duties in ELC settings using effective communication strategies with all stakeholders including professional organisations and funding scheme providers.

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Manual Handling Training and Certification (requirement for work experience): Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included.  Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
  • Child Paths training certificate: This is an introductory workshop, for early years level 6 student on how to use the Childpaths Educational Software App.  Students are given an overview of how it was started and why.   Additionally, the students gain an understanding of the features within it, for example documenting children’s attendance, medicine administration, sleep, nappy changes, and using Aistear and PILES for the child’s overall holistic development. This content is demonstrated via videos showing the applications in action. Students then get hands-on experience to practice using the software as part of the training on college iPads. All students who successfully complete the programme receive a Certificate of Completion from Child Paths and Cork College of Commerce.
  • Paediatric First Aid: The course gives the early years learner the knowledge and skills in Paediatric First AidThe content includes the responsibilities of a First Aider, how to undertake CPR for Child and Infants and how to react in an emergency.  Additionally, child and infant choking, bleeding first aid, dealing with unconscious children and infants, febrile seizures, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Asthma are also covered.  Finally, Meningitis and poisoning, fractures and soft tissue injuries and burns first aid is addressed. To successfully complete the course learners will have to demonstrate correct CPR practice and defibrillator use. At the end of the course the students will receive certification in paediatric first aid for two years.
  • Football for All workshop (Coaching players with a disability): This workshop develops a strong sense of disability awareness across a range of conditions, physical, sensory, etc. so that learners can ensure that children can have meaningful participation in football activities. The content includes an overview of conditions – physical, sensory etc.  In addition, it includes an explanation on how to set up football tasks and a demonstration of the materials used – audible balls, hi vis vests.

Learners can progress to the ELC Level 6 award if they have achieved the ELC Level 5 award. Recognition of Prior Learning is available for advanced entry. Please contact RPLELC@ccoc.ie for more information. Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non-Irish Nationals. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • UCC: Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111) Year One
  • MTU Cork: Early Childhood Education and Care (MT572) Year Two
  • WIT: Early Childhood Education and Care (WD149) Year Two
  • University of Sunderland: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Year Three (Final Year).

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

Supervisory roles in Early years settings and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places, i.e charities, hotels,etc.  SNA positions in primary schools.

All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to CCOC college jobs register and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €330 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €80). See Payment for details.
  • Certification: QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care 6M21473
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake 150 hours of Professional Practice in a minimum of 2 early Years of Early Years settings per annum. The settings will include birth -2 yrs 8 months, and 2 yrs 8 months to 6 years. All Professional Practice placements must be carried out with an ELC provider currently registered with TUSLA. Learners must be garda vetted before going on the placement. Learners must complete the current Children First E-Learning programme before going on placement.
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    Leanne Doyle 062NA “I have moved on to CIT, where I am studying Social Care. I adjusted to CIT really easy, especially with assignments, as I was so prepared and way more confident from attending the two years in the College of Commerce.

    Cathy O Mahony 062NA” I have progressed onto CIT, where I am now studying for a BA in Early Years Education and Care. The two years that I completed in the College of Commerce have given me such a knowledge boost, especially with my assignments. My teachers were so supportive and you always got the help you needed.

    Leanne Doyle and Cathy O'Mahony, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Cork College of Commerce, both are now studying in CIT.

    Amy O’Leary: I have progressed onto WIT where I am now studying for a BA in Early Years Education and Care. The two years that I completed in the College of Commerce have given me such knowledge and I feel like I have a great head start in WIT, especially with my assignments, as these are not not so daunting. My teachers here were so supportive and funa nd you always got the help you needed.

    Lisa O’Donovan: I have moved on to UCC, where I am studying a BA in Early Years Education and Care. I adjusted to UCC really easy expecially with assignment, even with the larger classes, as I was so prepared and way more confident form attending the two years in the College of Commerce.

    Amy O'Leary and Lisa O'Donovan, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education, now studying in WIT and UCC

    Aisling Murphy: I am working as a Special Needs Assistant. The course, especially the module “Children with Additional Needs” provided me with invaluable experience and help to prepare me for my job.

    Aoife O’Donovan: I am working as an Early Years Educator in a pre-school in Bantry. I got this position from my work placement. This course really provided me with great practical experience that I now carry out in my setting. This was a great course and it definitely prepared me for getting this job. Also my class group was so nice, we all became great friends!

    Aisling Murphy and Aoife O'Donovan, Special Needs Assistant and Early Years Educator

    Yewande Ladejobi: I am now working in Go Safari, Cobh Cross. I loved the course, especially Child Development and Equality and Diversity, as I learned so much that is helping me to support the children. All my teachers were so helpful, kind and supportive.

    Bernadette Horgan: I am working in a pre-school; they took me on from my work placement. The teachers here are fantastic, they really set you up for employment. I learned so much about myself this year and of course all practical routines and activities that I carry out with the children.

    Amy Kelleher: I am working full time n HighCare Childcare in Ballincollig. I completed my work experience placement there and they then offered me a full time job. I carry out so many activities in the creche that I learned from doing this course. I found it so beneficial and so very rewarding now as I am doing what I love.

    Julie O’Sullivan: I am working in a preshcool in Douglas. I did my work experience there and they offered me a full time job. This course has taught me so much and I have gained so much experience and knowledge that I now use in every day in my work setting. I really enjoyed my time in the College of Commerce as the teachers were so supportive and helpful as well as having a great laugh.

    Yewnade Ladejobi, Bernadette Horgan, Amy Kelleher and Julie O'Sullivan

    Megan Gough: I loved the course so much that I am now continuing to study the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education in the College of Commerce. My teachers are so kind and friendly and really believe in us, supporting us all the way.

    Fiona Gough: I really enjoyed this course and my time in the College of Commerce. The college has great teachers who are so helpful and offer continuous supprt throughout the year. You never feel on your own.

    Fiona Goff and Megan Gough

    I really  enjoyed my time at the College of Commerce. There is a lovely atmosphere where it makes learning easy to do. I have learned so much from all my modules, especially the Special Needs Assisting module which I really fell I got a great insight into children. This course is so beneficial for my professional and now my personal life.

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    Joanna Keating: I am currently studying Montessori in CIT. The College of Commerce has helped me so much to adjust to CIT with regard to studying and organising myself. There is such a nice learning atmosphere here and the class sizes are nice and small. There is a wonderful personal time with the teachers here. I really enjoyed this.

    Katherine Barry: I am currently employed by KinderCare in Ballincollig. My teachers were very supportive and helped me throughout the year. The class size was fantastic and we really benefited with great time from our teachers. The course really prepared me for working with children. I am now applying what I learned in college in my setting every day.

    Joanne Kenning and Katherine Barry, Now studying Montessori in UCC (Joanna) and working in KinderCare in Ballincollig (Katherine)

    I really loved my time in Cork College of Commerce. I have progressed to CIT whre I am enjoying Montessori so much. At first I found it difficult but with the great support I got from my teachers, I got through it. My teachers were so passionate about Montessori. It just motivated me so much, I want to continue with my Montessori studies.

    Elizabeth Nokothula Emerhu, Now studying in CIT.