Early Childhood Curriculum (QQI Level 6)

295.00 or 148.00 / month for 2 months

  • Award Achieved: QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Course Fee: Special Offer price: Only – €295.00 or
  • Easy Payments: Only €148 per month over 2 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. First payment is taken upon enrolment and second / final payment a month later.
  • Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay!
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.


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Course Description


The purpose of this Early Childhood Curriculum (QQI Level 6) distance learning module is to equip the learner with the skills necessary to ensure children within their care have the best access to the early childhood curriculum. They will gain a full understanding of early childhood educational theories and the practical implementation of these theories into everyday life in the early childhood environment.

Learners will also gain an understanding of the different programme models used to aid early childhood learning. They will recognise the different theories on the adult’s role within the learning processes along with the importance of on-going personal and professional development.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Early Childhood Programmes at Level 6.
  • Students who aim to promote good practice, equality, and respect for diversity in early childhood education and care.
  • Students who wish to understand child development from 0-6 years.
  • Students who are looking to complete the QQI advanced certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (Ref. 6M2007).


Course Details


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • acquire an understanding of early childhood programmes
  • understand the integrated role of learning, development and curriculum/programmes
  • appreciate the range of features involved in effective early childhood programmes
  • explore the role and responsibilities of the supervisor and the childcare worker in relation to programme practice
  • appreciate the interrelationship between planning, implementation, evaluation and curriculum/programmes.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 Award or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.

  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.

  • Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the Childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week (minimum 30 hours over the full duration of the course), as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.

  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.

  • Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.

  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.

  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 

  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Learners can use this credit towards completing the Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education – 6M2007.



Project 40%
Skills Demonstration 60%



A project brief will be devised into three sections:

  • Section 1 – Critical evaluation of area in early childcare setting
  • Section 2 – Influence of early childhood theorists
  • Section 3 – Evaluate adults role in early childhood development.


Skills Demonstration:

Learners are required to set up a Learning Programme suitable for a child or group of children aged 0 – 6 years old. This programme must comprise of a number of learning activities, no more than ten in total, which address the five areas of development, physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional.

The learning activities may address one or more areas of development however the overall Learning Programme must include all five areas. The Learning Programme should be based on a theme for example "Easter" with learning activities involving tasks related to Easter. It is important that each learning activity is age relevant.

Learners are required to set up a learning activity suitable for a child or group of children aged 0 – 6 years old.
The learner will be marked on a number of areas including:

  • Collaborative Planning
  • Description of Learners plan
  • Effective collaboration of plan to staff members and children
  • Implementation of Learning Program
  • Scheduling / time frame of task
  • Organisation of the Supervision of task
  • Definition of designated roles within learning programme
  • Interactions with Children and Staff
  • Clear instructions for staff
  • Clear instructions for children
  • Displays non-judgmental attitude
  • Change/Alterations
  • Realistic alternative plan
  • Deals with unexpected behaviour.


  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • All Registration & Certification Fees are included in the course price. No other fees to pay.

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Delivery Format


This QQI Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944 course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.


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