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Course Code: 6M2007

Course Content:

  • Child Development
  • Childhood Social, Legal & Health Issues
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Option)
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Option)
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education. A practical First Aid Certificate and a certificate in Manual Handling is also attained by students.




This one year course is aimed at students who have already completed QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education (or equivalent). It provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a supervisor in a childcare setting.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate or equivalent. All applicants will be interviewed. 

Progression and Career Options:

Graduates may opt to go directly into the world of work or decide to progress to a Third Level Degree programme in Early Childhood Care and Education in:

  • DCU
  • DIT
  • DKIT
  • Maynooth
  • ITB
  • Marino
  • UCC

Advanced entry into year two is an option for those with sufficiently high grades at Level 6.

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Student Testimonial: 

'Having completed both Level 5 and 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education in DIFE I can truly say that it was a fantastic experience. Staff were friendly, supportive and eager to help. I would not hesitate to recommend this Institute, it was second to none. After completing my studies in DIFE I progressed directly into Year two in DKIT (Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education), I am finding that the work I did in DIFE is of huge benefit to me now.' - Sheila Mc Evoy (past student)


Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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