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QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – 6M2007.

Define yourself and advance your career in the Montessori childcare profession with Mallow College level 6.

Achieve a wider range of employment and promotion opportunities with advanced responsibilities. Use your QQI level 5 and 6 awards to progress directly into year two of early childhood degrees in CIT and across Ireland.

Develop your training and professional confidence to work as part of a childcare team. Mentored by experienced childcare professionals, gain ongoing practical experience of childcare alongside the academic knowledge of Montessori theory and practice.

You are ready for a career as a confident, knowledgeable, Montessori professional.

2019/20 Applications are now open, and free. CAO points not required. Grant and Social Welfare funding available. To apply online now for September you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Childcare.

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Career Prospects

  • Crèche leader. +
  • Montessori leader. +
  • Nursery supervisor. +
  • Playgroup leader. +
  • Pre-school leader. +
  • Special needs assistant. +

Course Contents

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 Award in a complementary area is required.


Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Students spend three days a week in the classroom environment and two days out in practical placement. There are also block placements throughout the year. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


Advance directly into year 2 of Early Childhood Education degrees in CIT and beyond. Progress to year 1 of Montessori Education, Social Care, Community Development, and Arts. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.


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