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Early Childhood Education & Care (L7, 60 ECTS)

Status: Closed




2 Years


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This two-year programme is aimed at staff currently working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector who are looking to advance their careers by achieving a qualification at degree level. The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to fulfill a variety of leadership roles within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants may apply if they hold a QQI Level 6 (or equivalent) qualification which is recognised by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) as meeting the criteria for ‘ECCE Room Leader (Standard Capitation)’. Applicants must currently be working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and continue to do so for the duration of the course.

Details of courses meeting the criteria may be found at:

Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to those who meet the minimum entry requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?


  • Application of the Fundamentals of Early Years Education Care Regulation & Quality Frameworks

  • Play as Pedagogy

  • Drama Literature & Storytelling

  • Early Years Outdoor Learning Experiences

  • Language & Numeracy in Early Childhood

  • Social Institutions of the Early Years

  • Advancing the Identity of the Early Years Professional

  • Creating Inclusive Environments; Embracing Equality and Diversity

  • Positive Behaviour strategies in Early Childhood

  • Arts in Early Years Education

  • Social Policy for Early Childhood Education

  • Integrating Curriculum & Relational Pedagogy

  • Professional Placement 1 & 2

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful participants of this programme may go on to complete the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care

More Information


This programme will be run over two academic years. The proposed commencement date for Year 1 is Saturday 18th September 2021 with a half day induction on the Thurles campus. The programme will be run using a mix of online delivery and classroom based workshops. There will be approximately 4 Saturday workshops per semester alternating between Thurles and Limerick, dates for workshops will be confirmed prior to induction.


The assessment strategy for this programme includes both formative and summative elements including: written assignments, projects, portfolios, skills demonstration and examination.

Professional practice placement is a core requirement and can be completed in the participant’s existing place of employment.


Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7, 60 ECTS)

Application Deadline

Monday 30th August 2021

For Queries Relating to Course Content

Contact: Aoife Prendergast

Course Fees

The fee for this programme is €2,250 per annum.

This programme has secured Skillnet funding through County Tipperary Skillnet.

For part funding requests please contact:

County Tipperary Skillnet - Sabrina Guida at or 052 6191103

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Information Session Early Childhood Education & Care (LIT)

To access the information session click on Information-Session-Early-Childhood-Education-Care-(LIT)-20210519_180526-Meeting-Recording-(3).mp4




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