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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 also attained.




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 Third Level Degree Programme in Early Childhood Care and Education (advanced entry into Year Two is an option for those with sufficiently high grades at Level 6).


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)










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