Childcare Courses & Montessori Courses FAQs

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What Childcare Courses do you deliver?

See the full list of Childcare Courses above.


Cost – How much do the Childcare courses cost. Can I pay in instalments

Childcare L5 Part-Time – €1,995

Childcare L5 E-Learning – €1,795

Childcare L6 Part-Time – €1,995

Childcare L6 E-Learning – €1,795


Places on all programmes can be reserved with a deposit of €400 and the balance of the fees paid by direct debit.


Duration – How long is the course?

All part-time courses are approximately 18 months in duration to included holidays, work experience and self-directed learning.

All E-Learning learning options are two years in duration.


Qualification – What qualification will I have at the end?

On successful completion of the programme you will achieve a full major award at QQI Level 5 or Level 6 depending on the programme.


Assessment – How am I assessed

Each of the component modules will have their own assessment criteria. These range from portfolio work, written assignments, skills demonstrations and written exams. All assessments must be passed in order to gain the Major Award Qualification


Method – What is the difference between Part-Time and E-Learning? Do you offer childcare courses online?

Part-Time Childcare courses are delivered two evenings a week. Some Childcare Courses also require attendance at Saturday seminar sessions. These sessions are usually set aside for assessment purposes.

E-Learning courses allow the student to work from the comfort of their own home, with the support of a tutor both online by email and by telephone, one evening a week. Attendance is required at a number of Saturday seminar sessions over the duration of the course. These sessions are for demonstrations, lectures or assessment purposes.

Students can access recorded lectures through our online platform at any time 24/7.


Progression – Where can I go from here with my qualification?

Learners have a number of options once they complete their awards.

Childcare Level 5 learners can go directly to the work place and work as a practitioner in an Early Years setting. They can also continue their studies by completing a Childcare or ECCE with Montessori programme at QQI Level 6.

Childcare Level 6 learners can go directly into the workforce as a leader in a room in an Early Years setting. They can also continue their studies to Level 7 and above.

Progressive College has working relationships with a number of third level institutes which accept our learners directly into year 2 of their degree programmes.


Work Experience – How much work experience is required? Do I have to get this myself?

Learners are required to complete 110 hours of work place experience, regardless of which programme they study.  This work experience can be structured to fit in with the learners life. The College believes that it is important for the learner to source their own work placements. This is a valuable skill which will be beneficial when the learner begins to seek employment. Most learners like to complete their work placement close to where they live.


Entry Requirements

Learners should have studied to Leaving Certificate or equivalent and have a good understanding of written and spoken English. Mature students and students with relevant work/life experience are also welcome to apply.


Location – Where is the course held?

The College operates their courses from a number of venues, both in Dublin and regionally around the country. Dublin venues include the City Centre, Dundrum and Blackrock.


Why choose Progressive College?

The College of Progressive Education School of Childcare provides quality childcare training for students wishing to pursue a career in the field of childcare and Early Years Education. Established in 1986 as The School of Practical Childcare, we were one of the first educational establishments to offer childcare courses in an era where no qualifications for working in this sector were required. With the ever changing climate in the Early Years sector and the increased need for qualified practitioners, The College of Progressive Education gives learners the opportunity to gain the necessary QQI qualification in childcare required under legislation to work in the Early Years sector. All of our tutors are highly qualified in their respective fields with many of them qualified to graduate level and beyond. They are committed individuals who go beyond merely teaching our childcare courses. They are positive and encouraging and inspire confidence and passion in their students.