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Stage 2 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care

This full-time award leads to a Stage Two Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care after one year. The course is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognized qualification for those wishing to work in the childcare sector in a variety of areas such as; working with the child in a day care nursery, preschool or with a child with a specific need. 

The overall aim of the two stage programme is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills, and competence to work as autonomous practitioners, subject to practice supervision, promoting and supporting the holistic needs of children from 0 to six years, and/or to take responsibility for a room or area in an ELC setting

Course Hours:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code:6M21471
Entry requirements:1. For entry to Stage Two, a full Stage One certificate is required or a QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood and Care
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Liz O'Leary
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie.ie
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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may apply to the following centres

• Nurseries
• Crèche’s
• Pre-Schools
• Early Start Centres
• Day Care
• Family Centres
• Private Homes
• Primary Schools (As Special Needs Assistants) Working with adults and children with special needs


Education Progression Opportunities

Graduates may apply to the following colleges

Graduates from this course may apply to the following colleges:

• Early Childhood Studies UCC
• Early Childhood Care and Education CIT
• Social Care CIT
• Early Childhood Studies Carlow IT
• Early Childhood Studies Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Early Childhood Care and Education Tralee 


Work Placement/Experience

Professional Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 120 hours of work placement in a relevant accredited child setting. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

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Student Experiences

“I’ve had a once in a life time experience studying in Kinsale, meeting so many fabulous people and learning what my true passion is!”
Kelsie Niemetz, Childcare Studies
“After attending Kinsale Further Education College studying Childcare level 5 & 6; I can honestly say my two years there were fantastic. The help provided and understanding from all the staff there, was touching. I finished my level 6 in May 2013, and thankfully I am now studying a Level 7 in Early Years Education @ Cork Institute of Technology. QQI has given me the opportunity of fulfilling my dream in achieving a place in CIT; the knowledge I have gained and carried forward with me is invaluable.”
Tammie O'Brien CIT graduate