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Training Venues

If you are looking to commence a career as an Early Years or School Aged Childcare Professional, there are many different course options available for you across highly respected further education colleges and universities across Cork city and county. Here is a list of the colleges that are currently offering courses in the Childcare sector.

University College Cork (UCC) is an award-winning institution with a history of independent thinking stretching back over 170 years. UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. It opened its gates to just 115 students in 1849. UCC now has a student population of over 21,000 see more at: https://www.ucc.ie/en/

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is one of the most highly rated higher education colleges in Ireland, both in terms of facilities and in the great student-staff relations. CIT offers the full range of higher education qualifications, including Bachelor degrees, Honours Bachelor degrees, and post-graduate Masters and PhD degrees. CIT has a very well developed ‘ladder’ structure to enable students to progress through the different levels of qualifications, see more here https://www.cit.ie/

Cork College of Commerce: If you are looking for a truly inclusive college with a holistic student experience embedded in everything we do then you should consider studying at Cork College of Commerce. There are a broad range of the courses available in the Cork city campus. Visit: https://corkcollegeofcommerce.ie/

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) has a range of full-time and part-time programmes. Within the diversity of programmes offered it is hoped that you will find something that will provide you with the foundation and impetus to take the next step in your learning journey, and that you will have an experience built on CSNs commitment to high quality teaching and learning in a supportive environment that will expand your horizons and provide new opportunities for your future.  Visit: https://csn.ie/

Chevron Training is Ireland’s leading provider of accredited online courses, delivering a suite of online childcare courses which are recognised at levels 5, 6 and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Chevron Training is renowned for providing online courses which satisfy the wide-ranging needs of the childcare sector in Ireland. See more at: https://chevrontraining.ie/childcare-courses/

Progressive College is known for one thing above all else – its outstanding tradition of excellence in providing education and training of the highest quality.  This tradition goes back nearly 35 years to March 1986 when the college was founded by a team of young Teaching Sisters formerly of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital at Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland’s premier children’s hospital, please see: https://progressivecollege.ie/.

Nightschool has a large variety of online courses available for those who enjoy the virtual learning environment https://nightschool.ie/courses/childcare-professional/

(Please note all testimonials and excerpts above are taken in full or in part directly from each of the above institutes websites, in addition be advised that none of these educational institutes are in any way affiliated with Cork City Childcare)

Early Years Recognised Qualifications

This DECDIY approved list contains all qualifications which have been approved by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

It also sets out the appropriate level of DCEDIY approval, for example:

  • Meets regulatory requirements.
  • Eligible for Room Leader – standard capitation.
  • Eligible for Room Leader – higher capitation.

If your qualification is on the list you do not need to apply to DCEDIY for qualifications recognition.

If your early childhood care and education qualification does not appear on the list you may apply to have it assessed for approval (see here.)