Early Childhood Care & Education (Supervision)

Type of Course
Major Award
NFQ Level
Validated by
Start Date



1 Year

Course Fees
€2475.00 (Part-Time)

How to Apply

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Is for individuals who are…

Interested in achieving the QQI Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award and become a highly skilled professional leading others and coordinating the provision of a quality early childhood care and education environment which promotes children's well-being, development, and learning.

Looking for…

An ECCE Qualification offering career and academic opportunities enabling you to apply for degree programmes in childcare, health, and education or work in a variety of childcare facilities - day care nursery, crèche, pre-school / after school setting or with families.

To Become...

Childcare Professional
Play Assistant: Hospitals
Crèche/Preschool Supervisor
Social Care Professional

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the Early Childhood Care and Education Award

Dorset College is accredited by QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland, so you can feel confident that this Major Award will provide the recognition you need to progress in your chosen field.

02. Make Things Happen

Maximise your career potential as you grow in confidence gaining the skills and knowledge in the Supervision of an Early Childhood Care and Education setting and progress to Higher Education programmes in this field.

03. Our Team Of Teachers

Learn from a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers; their dedication and commitment to excellence will ensure that learners are guided on their journey; supported to develop professionalism in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education and equipped with all relevant skills/knowledge.

04. Knowledge and Experience

Enrich your learning experience in a diverse learning environment. A friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with teachers who support, mentor and guide you through the skills, knowledge and practical work experience to achieve your goals.

Programme Details

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification or equivalent
  • Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience
  • English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0

Work Experience: 100 Hours (Mandatory)

Indicative Schedule

Start Date: 08/10/18

End Date: 09/10/19

Evenings: Mon and Wed and 8 Saturdays

Duration: 1 Year

Time: 18.30 to 21.30


QQI/FET Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award (6M2007)

Awarded by: QQI Quality & Qualifications Ireland

Dorset College Certificate in Manual Handling

Total Credit Value for this Award is 120 (15 Credits per Module)

Grading: Pass / Merit / Distinction

The grade achieved will be determined by the grades achieved on the modules


Higher Education Links

Higher Education Progression Opportunities


Graduates who have successfully completed this course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Childcare, Health and Education in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland.

The following options include:

  • At Dorset College
  • BSc. Degree in Early Childhood Care, Health & Education
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Collaboration with Dorset College
  • Related QQI/HET Level 8 Degrees include Childcare, Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity
  • Points Calculator for Level 5 and 6 Awards: https://careersportal.ie/qqi/
  • Higher Education Progression Opportunities

What Students Say

Orna White

Orna White

I look forward to attending class each evening. The college is warm and inviting with great facilities. We have a fantastic Teacher who is very accommodating and always available through email at all hours. I am delighted that I chose this college. I am studying the ECCE/Montessori course part-time. It is very busy but very rewarding.

Cristina Carmen Pop

Cristina Carmen Pop

The College has great facilities - I am studying at Dorset College the ECCE course. My teacher is excellent and I have learned lots of things from her about becoming a good teacher myself. In this class we have formed a new family after just a short time; working in teams has helped us to get to know each other and to form bonds of friendships.

Lucia Pasculli

Lucia Pasculli

The College is excellent with great teachers who are always helpful and supportive. Our teacher has great knowledge in Childcare Education that enables us to feel self-confident and capable of reaching our goals. At the end of the class I feel that my knowledge has improved, and I can’t wait to start the next topic.

Lecturer Profiles

Beverley Mole

Beverley Mole


Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson


Programme Fees


Additional Information

An exam fee of €125.00 is to be paid separately, post registration.

Application Process

A deposit of €350.00 is required to secure a place on this Course. The deposit or if you wish full payment of fees can be paid online. When we have received and reviewed your application the college will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.