Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education & Care CW028

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW028
  • 30
  • 252
  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Early childhood education and care, or early learning and care, is a very rewarding profession that supports the development of young children from infancy and throughout the childhood years. Direct practice involves working with children by tailoring learning experiences to children’s individual needs. Supporting parents in their parenting role is also an essential part of the job. Indirect practice involves managing services, educating students, professional representation, governance and national policy, ensuring early childhood education is a rewarding and diverse profession.

Course Structure

This course is a three-year programme, which equips graduates with the theoretical, policy, legal and practical knowledge required to work in early years services. Learning is through experiential and self-directed learning activities, as well as through group work and presentations. The final year research project is supervised by an experienced research team.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in supporting children to become curious and confident people, or interested in supporting parents raising their children, then Early Childhood Education and Care could be the course for you.

Special Features:

  • Placement in a variety of early years services.
  • Modules related to the philosophy of early years learning, outdoor learning, working with families, and leading quality services.
  • Emphasis on the emergent curriculum and creative and play-based learning for children.
  • Flipped classroom learning experiences.
  • Research-rich teaching environment.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates will be eligible to progress to postgraduate study at either masters or doctoral level.

For example, graduates can progress to the Masters in Leadership in Early Years Education at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

  • Direct practice work in early years services
  • Room leader or management positions in early years services
  • Positions in county childcare committees, representative organisations, and early years governance bodies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Garda vetting required

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Lillian Byrne
BA (Hons), Applied Social Studies (Social Care), MA