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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
ATU Donegal Early Childhood Care, Health and Education 8

ELC2 - Level 6 Stage 2 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.

;

Is this course right for you?

This is Stage 2 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.

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.

ELC2 - Level 6 Stage 2 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.

ELC2 - Level 6 Stage 2 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

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.

ELC2 - Level 6 Stage 2 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
ATU Donegal Early Childhood Care, Health and Education 8