Montessori & Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6

Healthcare & Childcare Education

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
  • Teacher Profile

The Montessori Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award (ECCE with Montessori) will provide the skills, knowledge and competence that will enable learners to develop a career as a Montessori Teacher for children whose age range is between 3 – 6 years.

The aim is to provide learners with a level of competence that will enable them to work as highly skilled professionals in this field. 

The Montessori Teaching course trains you to educate children in a way that gives them the best possible foundation for life.

 "Maria Montessori's goal was to develop the whole personality of the child and her system is based on her strong belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. The main principle of Dr. Montessori's method is that the child learns by himself from experiences within the classroom. The role of the teacher is to prepare the classroom so as to maximise the benefits of the experiences within it".

The Benefit to Learners of this Valuable Qualification 

  • It will provide the opportunity to gain a Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 6
  • Learners will apply a comprehensive range of pedagogical skills in the effective delivery of an early childhood care and education service
  • Gain the benefits of delivery by a highly qualified and experienced team of professionals
  • Benefit Childcare facility that you work with as this qualification enables them to apply for the free Pre-school ECCE grant.
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to the care and educational needs of children of different ages, stages, interests and abilities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion.  
  • The key principles of Siolta are planted within the programme and the students are taken on a journey that both embraces and compliments  the themes of Aistear  and the philosophy of Maria Montessori .

ECCE & Montessori

This course will provide learners with the opportunity to gain an Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award (ECCE & Montessori)  with many academic and career benefits. 

The requirements for entry to the Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award (ECCE & Montessori). 

Junior/Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate FETAC/QQI Qualification or equivalent
Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience may be exempt fromthe above requirements.
English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0.

Dorset College is registered with the Garda vetting Unit and is now in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service. There may be a delay in processing applications with the Garda vetting unit - we advise you to complete the form on registration.

If you wish to have further details regarding this course, please call a Course Advisor on: + 353 1 8309677.  Learners who wish to discuss the course can make an appointment with the Programme Director who will discuss and advise you on the course details, career and academic opportunities and assess your suitability for the course.

Learners on the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE with Montessori) will apply a comprehensive range of teaching skills in the effective delivery of an early childhood care and education service.   They will understand how to respond appropriately to the care and educational needs of children of different ages, stages, interests and ailities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion.  

The key principles of Siolta are planted within the programme and the learners are taken on a journey that both embraces and compliments  the themes of Aistear  and the philosophy of Maria Montessori.

Principal Areas of Study
Unit Code       Mandatory Modules Credit Value         
6N1942 Child Development 15
6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum 15
6N1945 Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 15
6N1946 Work Experience 15
6N1950 Communications 15
6N1935 Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Lanaguage & Mathematics) 15
6N1936 Early Childhood Arts & Culture (Montessori Arts & Culture / Art Activities) 15
Optional Modules (Select 1 Module from the 2 outlined below)
6N1932 Early Learning Philosophy
Philosophy Lecturers are delivered in the Montessori Method of Education
6N1933 Early Learning Environment (Practical Life Exercises / Sensorial Education) 15

To achieve the Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award a credit value of 120 is required


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

FETAC/QQI Early Childhood Care and Education  Level 6 Major Award
Awarded by: (QQI)
Quality & Qualifications Ireland
A total Credit Value of 120 is required for this certification.

For any one of the Modules successfully completed Learners will receive a Minor award.

Work Experience
The modules outlined above are complemented and consolidated through practical work experience. A work experience programme of 100 hours must be completed outside of scheduled class time in order to satisfy the requirements of the FETAC work experience module. This provides the opportunity to merge classroom learning with practical experience under the tutelage of experienced and qualified professionals in a Montessori/Early Childcare setting.

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.

Protection of Enrolled Learners
The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. Dorset College has made arrangements with at least two other providers to comply with this legal obligation. To read the QQI policy document on the protection of Enrolled Learners click on the link below.

The course is structured to provide ECCE & Montessori Graduates with the opportunity to progress to specialised courses in higher education.  Academic routes include related degree courses such as:

Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 (Supervison)
Special Needs Level 6
Training & Development Level 6 (Special Purpose Award)
Recovery in Mental Health Level 5
Child Psychology Level 6
See NFQ for Levels: National Framework of Qualifications.

Learners who successfully complete the ECCE with Montessori course will have many professional opportunities available to them. Professional routes include working as: 

Montessori Teacher (3-6 Years)
Montessori Teacher in ECCE Setting 
Professional working as Crèche Leader, Playgroup Leader, Nursery Supervisor, Pre-School Leader, Pre-School Centres.

It will provide learners with the competence to work in a variety of settings within the childcare sector or related areas or progress to third level programmes.

Mary Anderson, (BA Montessori Education)  has been working as a Montessori Tutor in the field of preschool education for more than 30 years.   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

Montessori & Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 [Part-Time]

Start Dates: Monday, Wednesday from 8/10/18 to 9/10/19

Code 6M2007-116
Duration 48 weeks
Price €2,475.00
Non EU Cost €2,475.00
Comments Exam Fees: €125.00. Q&A 18.00-18.30 before class at 18.30-21.45 p.m. There will be 8 Saturday workshops throughout the course.

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