Childcare Courses & Montessori Courses FAQs

If the answers below don’t address your question, just contact us.

What Childcare and Montessori courses do you deliver?

Full list of Childcare Courses  Full list of Montessori  Courses 

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

Childcare L5 Part-Time – €1,799

Childcare L5 Online – €899

Childcare L6 Part-Time – €1,999

Childcare L6 Online – €899

ECCE with Montessori P/T – €2,259

ECCE with Montessori Blended – €1,999

Places on all programmes can be reserved with a deposit of €99 and the balance of the fees paid by direct debit.


Duration – How long is the course?

Please contact us for course duration’s as this varies depending on the delivering of the course and the level of the award.


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. If you complete ECCE with Montessori L6, you will also gain a College Certificate showing that you are qualified to teach the Montessori Method of Education to children between the ages of three and six years


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 Blended Learning? Do you offer childcare courses and Montessori courses online?

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

Blended 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 during specific contact hours. 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.


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.

ECCE with Montessori Level 6 learners can go directly into the workforce as a Montessori Directress in an Early Years or Montessori pre-school setting.

They can also continue their studies to Level 7 and above. Progressive College has a direct relationship with St. Nicholas Montessori College, who accept our learners directly into year 2 of their degree programme.


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. ECCE with Montessori learners must complete their work experience in a Montessori environment. 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.


10. 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.