Supervision in Early Childhood Care

Healthcare & Childcare Education

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Opportunities
  • Tutor Profile

The Supervision in Early Childhood Care Level 6 Minor Award will provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence to develop supervisory and leadership skills necessary to lead, motivate and promote best pactice in an ECCE setting. It also enables the learner to assess needs and to develop solutions for the ECCE setting. 

Learners who successfully complete this coures can progress to the full Major Award for ECCE & Supervision or the Early Childhood Care & Education-ECCE & Montessori qualifications.

How will learners benefit from the course:

  • Understand and Analyse relevant theories with regard to leadership and supervision and relate this to the ECCE settings
  • Identify and analyse the required roles and skills of the supervisor in an ECCE setting that would ensure best practice.
  • Research and apply strategies of motivation.
  • Identify and employ strategies that will overcome barriers to effective supervision in the ECCE setting. 
  • Familiarise learners with the procedures and policies relevant to the ECCE settings and develop methods for implementation of these policies. 
  • Encourage the learner to reflect on their own supervisory skills and to assess and implement the training needs of their team.

This Supervision in Early Childhood Care Level 6 Minor Award is suitable for those who work as Childcare Facility Owners, Managers, Supervisors or those individuals involved in or new to Childcare and who wish to gain a Valuable Professional Qualification in this field.

The Entry Requirements are:
This course is open of all with relevant life/work experience.
Holders of Childcare Level 5 or related courses.
For those with a significant professional interest in Childcare.
Those who wish to gain a nationally accredited award as a Childcare Supervisor. 
English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0.

Garda Vetting
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This Supervision in Early Childhood Care Minor Award will provide the learner with an understanding of the role of supervision, provide the skills, knowledge and competence to lead, supervise, manage and communicate effectively to meet the needs of the Early Childhood Care setting.  It will also provide the skills to evaluate personal and professional development.

Module Units


Understanding of key concepts, principles and practice in supervisory/line management within the ECCE setting.  The roles required of an ECCE supervisor and develop key skills to include:

  • Communication                                                                      
  • Time Management
  • Organisational Skills
  • Understand the decision making process
  • Knowledge of Current Legislation
  • Utilise the Supervisory key skills to supervise staff
  • Confidentiality & objectivity

Motivation & Support

  • Understand and apply strategies of motivation
  • Strategies that will overcome barriers to effective supervision
  • Methods of motivation to support team members in achieving agreed actions


  • Implement a range of policies and procedures  in the ECCE setting
  • Delegate work and assign tasks to staff in an ECCE setting
  • Monitor the progress of the staff and evaluate the results
  • Supervise the team in an ECCE setting and monitor and evaluate the progress of the agreed plan or action

Reflective Practice

Reflect on skills as a supervisor by critically evaluating and analysing their:

  • Personal & Interpersonal Skills
  • Stress & Time management
  • Ongoing Personal Development
  • Communication
  • Organisational Skills
  • Achievement of objectives
  • Assess the learning and training needs of the team
  • Implement training in line with the facility’s organisational objectives


A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration.

FETAC/QQI Supervision in Early Childhood Care Level 6 (Minor Award)  
Awarded by: Quality & Qualifications Ireland

A total Credit Value of 15 Applies to this Award.

Work Experience
Learners should be aware that they will be required to carry out 20 hours work experience outside of scheduled class time. This will provide an opportunity to merge classroom learning with practical experience under the tutelage of experienced and qualified professionals. This will fulfill part of the FETAC/QQI Level 6 Work Experience Module. 

It is recommended that each student should secure a work experience placement in their locality that does not conflict with class time or their own personal/work commitments prior to commencing the course to alleviate any pressure once the course has commenced.

Learners will gain the skills to lead, motivate and support the team in providing a better service to the clients in their care. They will gain the skills to Supervise the team in an ECCE setting and monitor and evaluate the progress of the agreed plan or action. It will also provide the skills to implement a range of policies and procedures in the ECCE setting.

 Those who successfully complete this coures can progress to the full Major Award for ECCE & Supervision or the Early Childhood Care & Education-ECCE & Montessori qualifications.

Beverley Mole (Honours Bachelor of Education Specialising in Early Childhood Development ) began her career in Early Childhood as a Pre-primary (3-6yrs) teacher at the Oranjemund Diamond Mine in Namibia having graduated from the Nursery School Training College in Johannesburg South Africa with a National Teachers’ Diploma (Pre-Primary Education). Her teaching experience in Namibia and later, Cape Town was diverse and multi-cultural and it was this experience that highlighted the absolute necessity of early childhood education and where her passion for the education was truly ignited.

Beverley carried on studying throughout her career obtaining a Higher Diploma in Education in Pre-Primary Education from the College of Education of South Africa and later an Honours Bachelor of Education Specialising in Early Childhood Development from Unisa, Pretoria, South Africa. She graduated as an Assessor and Moderator from the Assessment College of South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Africa Competency Development respectively and did a course in Accessing the Language of learning and Teaching using the SIOP model – a model which assists second language learning.

Beverley has been a Lecturer and Tutor in Early Childhood for more than 25 years, taking up posts at the University of Technology and various Colleges in Cape Town. Beverley has been a Lecturer at Dorset College since November 2011, lecturing /tutoring in Level 5 and 6 Early Childhood Care and Education and Level 5 and 6 Special Needs Assisting Courses. She lives by the motto, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail” and it is with this in mind that she motivates the students to work hard to secure the future of our children and their programmes.

Mary Anderson (BA in Montesori Education) has over 30 years experience working as a Montessori Teacher.   Mary completed four years training in the Montessori Method of Education (which incorporated children up to and including 12 years of age) at St. Nicholas Montessori training college. She also completed her HETAC BA Education degree.  She did further training at St. Patrick’s Teacher Training College where she obtained a ‘Certificate’ from the Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities (incorporating the Dyslexic Association, Ireland). Mary has also completed FETAC Level 6: Major Award in ‘Advanced Supervision in Childcare’; ‘Train the Trainer’ and ‘Special Needs Assisting’.

Mary has also completed many professional development courses e.g. First Aid, Manual Handling, Child Protection workshop, Training Hub with ECI etc.  Mary has just returned from an Erasmus+ Mobility Programme in Norway; the purpose of which was to acquire knowledge and specific know-how from ‘best practice’ abroad in other preschool settings and to gain practical skills relevant to professional development. The programme was in partnership with Queen Maud University; the only university to specialise in ‘preschool’ education.

Mary brings a wealth of practical experience to her teaching practice. She volunteered many years with a youth orchestra acting as treasurer and chairman and guided them through many concert performances and organised many ‘away’ tours both nationally and internationally.  Mary lives by the motto of the German Philosopher ‘Oswald Spengler’ (1880-1936); “This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed on us…to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on’….by empowering her students to be excellent ‘role models’ for the children that will come under their future care/tutelage she hopes that her inspiration will live on through their interactions with these children and into future generations.

Mary Britchfield (BA in Montessori Education) trained in St. Nicholas Montessori College, Ireland, undertaking a 2 year, full time course from which she graduated in 1991with a Diploma in the Advanced Montessori Method of Education (3 – 12 yrs). Since then, Mary has continued her professional learning, successfully completing studies in Advanced Supervision in Childcare, Special Needs Assisting, Understanding Special Needs and most recently the Bachelor of Arts in Montessori Education. Mary also keeps up to date with the fast changing world of Montessori education and ECCE in Ireland, recently joining the Professional Accredited Trainers Hub as well as regularly attending refresher courses in topics such as Siolta, First Aid, HACCP, LAMH (a sign system used by children and adults with intellectual difficulties and communication needs in Ireland) etc.

Mary has a wealth of experience in many aspects of Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland, having worked as a Montessori directress for over 24 years in a variety of pre-school settings, and currently runs her own Montessori pre-school in Sandyford.

Course Details

Supervision in Early Childhood Care [Part-Time]

Start Dates: Tuesday, Thursday from 1/16/18 to 2/22/18

Code 6N1973-17
Duration 7 weeks
Price €350.00
Non EU Cost €350.00
Comments Exam Fees - €40.00. There will be 1 Saturday workshop from 9.30 - 16.30 p.m.

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