Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy (Montessori Maths and Language)

295.00 or 148.00 / month for 2 months

  • Award Achieved: QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935).
  • 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. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay!
  • 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.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • No classes to attend.


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Course Description


The purpose of this QQI Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) award is to equip the learner with the necessary skills and competence to ensure that each child develops a competent level of literacy and numeracy skills as developed through the montessori method of teaching.

Each student will gain a full understanding of the montessori method of teaching language and mathematics. Students will be introduced to the montessori materials used in language and mathematics and the presentation of these materials to the child.

Students will learn how the Language and Mathematic exercises can be implemented into everyday life and within the montessori and childcare field and will recognise the importance of the language and mathematics exercises and how to develop extensions of the exercises so that exercises can be individually catered for each child depending on their abilities and developmental stage.



Course Details


Topics covered include:

  • History and Theory of Language
  • Written and Oral Language
  • Reading
  • Introduction to Numeracy
  • The Mathematical Groups
  • Language Exercises
  • Mathematical Exercises
  • The Prepared Environment and Role of the Teacher
  • Curriculum and Observations.


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 (30 hours minimum), in a Montessori Environment throughout the course, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience using Montessori Philosophies and Montessori Materials.

  • 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».



Assignments x 2 – 40%
Skills Demonstrations x 2 – 60%


Assignments: The internal assessor will devise two briefs that require the candidates to produce pieces of work of a minimum of 1500 words each.

  • Learners are required to critically evaluate the importance of the language exercises in the Montessori classroom.
  • Learners are required to critically evaluate the importance of the Mathematics exercises in the Montessori classroom.

More detailed requirements can be found in the Assignment Briefs.


Skills Demonstrations: The internal assessor will devise two skills demonstrations that require the candidates to produce pieces of work.

  • Devise a themed lesson plan from the language or Mathematics area of Montessori. The lesson plan must include; prerequisites, list of materials, control of error, presentation steps, purposes, language and points of interest.
  • The learner must devise the lesson plan that is age appropriate to the age of the chosen child/children and encourages self-practice.
  • Devise a set of observations to assess the child’s progress relating to the lesson plan as devised by the learner in the previous skills demonstration.
  • The observations may be in table/checklist format allowing for ease of reporting and follow up by the teacher.


  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935).
  • 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 Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) 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.