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ELC1 - Level 5 Stage 1 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care

Monaghan Institute is delighted to introduce the new Early Learning and Care award which is the milestone for the new professional standard award for the Early Years sector. The aim of this programme is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skill and competence to work as autonomous practitioners, subject to practice supervision, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children 0-6 years, and/or to take responsibility for a room or area in the early learning and care setting.

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Is this course right for you?

This is Stage 1 of a 2 year professional programme leading to the Advanced Certificate at Level 6, and learners can progress to the ELC Level 6 award if they have achieved the ELC Level 5 award or if they have gone through an RPL (recognised prior learning) process.

There is an embedded award, a Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care 5M21473, which can be achieved if learners exit the programme after successful completion of the Stage 1 modules.

What will you study?

The course provides learners with opportunities for practical workplace experience and the underpinning knowledge of early learning and care, as well as fostering communication and interpersonal skills with adults and children. 

Professional practice placement: 

Learners must complete 150 hours of professional practice placement in each year in a minimum of two settings: 

  1. Working directly with children aged between 0- 2 years 8 months, and 
  2. Working directly with children aged 2 years 8 months – 6 years. 

Learners must be Garda vetted before going on professional practice placement. Learners must pass the professional practice placement elements in each year. 

Stage 1 Modules 

  • Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care 
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation 
  • Holistic Care of Children 0-6 years 
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development 
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies 
  • Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs 

Stage 2 Modules 

  • Advanced Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care 
  • Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care 
  • The Developing Child 
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy 
  • Inclusive Early Learning and Care 
  • Supervision and Administration in Early Learning and Care 

Note: In order to progress to Stage 2 of the course, learners must successfully achieve all of programme learning outcomes associated with Stage 1. 

 

Qualifications Obtained

6M21471 QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care, NFQ Level 6 

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert, including Leaving Cert Applied or an NFQ level 4 major award or equivalent. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require proficiency at B2 (CEFRL). 
  • A desire to work in the sector 
  • Mature learners welcome. 

Where an applicant does not have a Leaving Cert or Level 4, they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the course in an interview and by writing a short piece outlining their interest in a career in early learning and care. 

For more information on this course, please contact Concepta Connolly.

ELC1 - Level 5 Stage 1 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care

Monaghan Institute is delighted to introduce the new Early Learning and Care award which is the milestone for the new professional standard award for the Early Years sector. The aim of this programme is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skill and competence to work as autonomous practitioners, subject to practice supervision, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children 0-6 years, and/or to take responsibility for a room or area in the early learning and care setting.

ELC1 - Level 5 Stage 1 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care

QQI Exam Fee € 50.00
Administration Fee € 50.00
Capitation Fee €100.00

Good News Regarding Your Course Fees 2022-2023

This year, Monaghan Institute and CMETB have announced plans to significantly reduce fees on full time courses.  This means that your course fees have been reduced to a maximum of €200. If you have a Medical Card/Social Welfare Payment, the fee will be €150.  This fee includes all course materials, exam fees, toolkits, and uniforms.

Additional courses:
First Aid Responder, and Handling and Lifting course fees of €240 are also fully funded by Monaghan Institute and CMETB.

ELC1 - Level 5 Stage 1 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care

Career Prospects

There are employment opportunities for graduates of the programme as Early Years Assistants with opportunities to progress to Room Leader in a range of early learning and care settings both community-based and private. 

The current qualification requirement for room leaders is Level 6 (DCEDIY, register of recognised Early Years qualifications.) Qualifications for different roles in ELC may be subject to change in line with evolving national policy. 

Degree Progression

There are many degree options available from this course, including:

College Course Area Level
Maynooth University Early Childhood Teaching and Learning 8
TU Dublin (Tallaght) Early Childhood Care and Education 8
DKIT Early Childhood Studies 8
LKIT Early Childhood Care, Health and Education 8

ELC2 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

This Advanced Certificate course supports learners develop practical skills and knowledge to be successful in a career in a variety of Early Years settings. Additionally, graduates may decide to progress to higher education to enhance their qualifications.

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Is this course right for you?

All staff working in leadership/managerial roles who provide for the preschool year (ECCE scheme) must hold a minimum QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (or equivalent).  This course provides opportunities to work in a variety of early childhood care and education settings, such as Full Day Care and Pre-Schools.

What will you study?

If you already have an Early Years qualification or Level 5 equivalent, this course will enhance your knowledge (including Síolta and Aistear) and managerial skills.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience within a variety of Early Years settings.

Areas of study to include:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Childhood Social, Legal & Health Studies
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Work Experience
  • Team Leadership

Qualifications Obtained

6M2007 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education

Further Information

Find out about Entry Requirements.

For more information on this course, please contact Lynda Smyth.

ELC2 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

This Advanced Certificate course supports learners develop practical skills and knowledge to be successful in a career in a variety of Early Years settings. Additionally, graduates may decide to progress to higher education to enhance their qualifications.

ELC2 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

QQI Exam Fee € 50.00
Administration Fee € 50.00
Capitation Fee €100.00

Good News Regarding Your Course Fees 2022-2023

This year, Monaghan Institute and CMETB have announced plans to significantly reduce fees on full time courses.  This means that your course fees have been reduced to a maximum of €200. If you have a Medical Card/Social Welfare Payment, the fee will be €150.  This fee includes all course materials, exam fees, toolkits, and uniforms.

ELC2 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Career Prospects

Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education find employment in diverse fields. Here are some of the most popular career destinations you could progress to:

Managerial and Leadership position within Early Years settings│Preschool Room Leader.

Degree Progression

There are many degree options available from this course, including:

College Course Area Level
NUIM Early Childhood Teaching and Learning 8
TU Dublin, Tallaght Early Childhood Care and Education 8
DkIT BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies 8
NUIG Early Childhood Studies 8
Durham University Primary Education 8
DCU Early Childhood Education 8
DkIT Early Childhood Studies 8

Employment Progression

Graduates progressed to work for the following companies:

Teach na bPaisti, Monaghan | Newbliss Childcare, Newbliss | Art Mooney Childcare Centre, Oram | Edenbeag Childcare Centre, Emyvale | Carrickmacross Community Childcare Ltd.

ELC3 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – Special Needs Assistant

This Advanced Certificate course supports learners gain knowledge and practical skills to be successful in a career in a variety of Early Years settings. Additionally, this programme includes modules for Special Needs Assisting and Creativity Studies for Special Needs.

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Is this course right for you?

The course provides opportunities to work as a Special Needs Assistant or personal carer in a variety of Early Childhood Care and Education settings including: Full Day Care, Pre-School, Primary and Secondary schools. All staff working in leadership/managerial roles who provide for the preschool year (ECCE scheme) must hold a minimum QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (or equivalent).

What will you study?

If you already have an Early Years qualification or Level 5 equivalent, this course will enhance your knowledge in the area of Special Needs Assisting.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience within a variety of Early Years settings.

Areas of study to include:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Creative Studies for Special Needs
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Team Leadership
  • Work Experience

Qualifications Obtained

6M2007 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education

Further Information

Find out about Entry Requirements.

For more information on this course, please contact Lynda Smyth.

ELC3 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – Special Needs Assistant

This Advanced Certificate course supports learners gain knowledge and practical skills to be successful in a career in a variety of Early Years settings. Additionally, this programme includes modules for Special Needs Assisting and Creativity Studies for Special Needs.

ELC3 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – Special Needs Assistant

QQI Exam Fee € 50.00
Administration Fee € 50.00
Capitation Fee €100.00

Good News Regarding Your Course Fees 2022-2023

This year, Monaghan Institute and CMETB have announced plans to significantly reduce fees on full time courses.  This means that your course fees have been reduced to a maximum of €200. If you have a Medical Card/Social Welfare Payment, the fee will be €150.  This fee includes all course materials, exam fees, toolkits, and uniforms.

ELC3 - Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – Special Needs Assistant

Career Prospects

Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – Special Needs Assistant find employment in diverse fields. Here are some of the most popular career destinations you could progress to:

Managerial and Leadership position within Early Years settings │ Special Needs Assistants │ Personal Carers in Secondary Schools.

Degree Progression

There are many degree options available from this course, including:

College Course Area Level
NUIM Early Childhood Teaching and Learning 8
TU Dublin, Tallaght Early Childhood Care and Education 8
DkIT BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies 8
NUIG Early Childhood Studies 8
Durham University Primary Education 8
DCU Early Childhood Education 8
DkIT Early Childhood Studies 8

Employment Progression

Graduates progressed to work for the following companies:

St Tiarnachs Primary School, Clones | Gaelscoil Ultain, Monaghan | Corracrin NS, Emyvale | Convent Junior School, Castleblayney.