Childcare Level 6 – 6M2007

This course is essential for any student wishing to further their career in Childcare to a supervisory level.  Sligo College of Further Education has established unique academic links with Sligo Institute of Technology to offer the opportunity to successful candidates to progress to degree level (Early Childhood Care & Education).

This course is designed to

  • Enable students explore Childhood Care and Education with a view to re-skilling / up-skilling and exploring concepts and subject areas that may interest the learner in future programmes or employment.

  • Facilitate the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill & competence to work independently and under supervision in a range of ECCE settings and or to progress to higher education and training.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • It is preferable for candidates to have a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification (or equivalent) in the care area or relevant life experience.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Child Development 6N1942

  • Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944

  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 6N1945

  • Child Psychology 6N2023

  • Communications 6N1950 

  • Work Experience 6N1946

  • Early Childhood Arts & Culture 6N1936

  • The Internet 5N1611

Work Experience

Childcare Level 6 students will have the opportunity to complete their work experience in the beautiful city of Kempten, Germany or Fougerés, France through the Erasmus+ programme. This is a paid internship for three weeks with no expense to the student. This will give participants a unique opportunity to experience living in another culture, enjoy travelling, improve language skills, gain a Europass Qualification, add this experience to your CV and get that valuable job.

How the Course is Taught

SligoCFE has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

The following are the most relevant courses;

SG Institute of Technology Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any IT Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ALIT Athlone Institute of Technology

LYIT Letterkenny Institute of Technology

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup


  • Student Services Registration Fee: €250

  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200

  • QQI Examination Fees: €50

TOTAL: €500

(One of the following exemptions may apply: (1) Medical Card Holders - €250 (2) BTEA - €200 (3) Grant - €200)

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as community childcare, Montessori and crèches.


QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Award in Early Childhood Care & Education (6M2007)


This is a full-time one-year course (3 Days per week - Mon to Wed) and runs from September to May.

For more Information

Phone 07191-45480 or email

Please Note

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.

  • A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.


Erasmus+ with SligoCFE

This course enables learners to complete their work experience abroad