Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) with Montessori – QQI Level 6



QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education – 8 Modules


Course Units:

6N1942 Child Development 6
6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum 6
6N1945 Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6
6N1946 Work Experience 6
6N1950 Communications 6
6N1933 Early Learning Environment 6
6N1935 Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy 6
6N1936 Early Childhood Arts & Culture 6


Purchasing Multiple Modules (ONLINE ONLY):

Pay In Full Course Coupon Number of Minor Awards
€250 N/A One Minor Award
€485 PCECCEMONT2 Two Minor Awards
€555 PCECCEMONT3 Three Minor Awards
€625 PCECCEMONT4 Four Minor Awards
€695 PCECCEMONT5 Five Minor Awards
€765 PCECCEMONT6 Six Minor Awards
€835 PCECCEMONT7 Seven Minor Awards
€995 Select ‘All Modules’ Eight Minor Awards

Installment options are available for this course. A handling fee will be added at checkout if this option is preferred.



When buying modules individually or with another module, course access and/or material will not be released until such time as the relevant fee has been received in full.


Course Overview:

This QQI Level 6 ECCE with Montessori course is specifically designed for learners who wish to pursue a career as a Montessori teacher for children, age range 3-6 years old. In addition, it provides learners with the all-important Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) Level 6 qualification. This enables the centre they are working in to qualify for the free preschool year Early Childhood Care  Education (ECCE) scheme. This award covers in depth the six main Montessori disciplines: Theory & Practice, Practical Life, Mathematics, Language, Sensorial, and Culture.

This ECCE with Montessori course is designed to equip the learners with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to work independently. This could be as a Montessori teacher, room leader or supervisor under the ECCE scheme, with a primary focus on the Montessori Method of Education. Successful graduates will be qualified to work as Montessori teachers and work with children from the age of 0 – 6 years, in a range of ECCE settings. Learners can also choose to progress to higher education and training.  This ECCE with Montessori course is delivered on a part-time basis.

The programme provides learners with a comprehensive knowledge of the Montessori Method of Education.  It develops a deep understanding of the theories behind the method, the purpose of the specific didactic Montessori materials, and the skills to support children’s learning in an ECCE setting especially in relation to the holistic development and well-being of the child while at the same time valuing diversity and fostering equality and inclusion.

Learners acquire the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a Montessori environment in line with Montessori philosophy and with reference to the Aistear framework and Siolta principles.  Integral to the programme is work placement where learners are enabled to put into practice what they learn through their studies.

The programme leads to the QQI Level 6 award 6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education. Learners will complete a total of 8 components to achieve the award and will be equipped with all the knowledge, skill, and competence to deliver the Montessori Method of Education to children, between the ages of three and six years, in Early Childhood Care and Education settings.


Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes of this QQI Level 6 ECCE with Montessori Course are the following:

  1. To equip learners with a sound understanding of child development theory and observation methodologies which will enable the learners to apply this knowledge in work practice through observing, recording and making recommendations relating to children’s holistic development.
  2. To equip learners with a knowledge of a wide range of educational theorists and philosophies and with an in-depth knowledge of Montessori philosophy and methods.
  3. To familiarize learners with a variety of curriculum materials including knowledge of the purpose of a broad range of Montessori materials and to equip them with the skills to support children’s learning in an ECCE setting
  4. To ensure learners can plan, implement and evaluate a Montessori programme and environment suitable for a child in an ECCE setting, with reference to the Aistear framework and Siolta principles.
  5. To familiarize learners with an overview of the Irish statutory, legal, and healthcare systems and supports available to children and families, with emphasis on the area of child protection and adherence to national guidelines in this area.
  6. To promote in learners the ability to nurture the holistic development and well-being of the child while valuing diversity and fostering equality and inclusion
  7. To ensure learners understand the concepts of professional conduct, responsibility, and autonomy and to facilitate learners in establishing an effective working environment and relationships when acting in a supervisory role in an ECCE setting.
  8. To enable learners to reflect critically on personal and professional practice and to take responsibility for their own professional development.


Entry Requirements:

A minimum Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent education or experience.  Proficiency in the English language.

As per QQI requirements, if you wish to use previously achieved modules to complete your Major Award, then they must have been achieved within the last five years.  You must provide the College with copies of these certificates in order to go forward for certification once you have completed your programme of training with us.



Continuous assessment & Skills demonstrations.

110 hours of work practice in an ECCE setting.


Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is a legal requirement under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 for the vetting of persons carrying out work with children or vulnerable persons.

Students must complete the Garda Vetting process before commencing work placement.

Students who have spent more than 6 months living outside of Ireland will need to provide a copy of their Police Clearance Certification for all international addresses that they have lived at, before starting placement.

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