Leadership & Advocacy in the Early Years - Sligo

This transformational leadership-development programme is specifically designed for Early Years professionals who are moving into roles with increased strategic and leadership responsibilities. The programme will act as an important guide as students harness their existing strengths, build new competencies, and develop their own unique leadership identity.

Who should apply?

This programme is suitable for anyone seeking to move into a leadership role in the ECEC sector career e.g. Early Years Inspectorate, Better Start Mentors, Manager/ Support and Development Staff of City and County Childcare Committees, Management/Leadership roles in Tusla, Management/Policy roles with National Voluntary Organisations, Management roles in Family Resource Centres and as managers of both private and community Early Years services.

Subjects taught


Pedagogical Leadership and Advocacy

Leadership in Practice for Early Learning & Care Professionals

Children’s Lives

Contemporary Psychology for Leadership & Advocacy in the Early Years

Researching Leadership in Early Years

Leading Interprofessional and Inter-Agency Collaboration in the Early Years

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.2 BA Honours in Early Childhood or cognate discipline and will have at least two years experience working in the early years sector or a related field completed at the end of the programme of study. Where large numbers apply far exceeding available places shortlisting of applications for an interview may occur.


1.5 years part-time, online.

Study Hours

Students can expect 3 hours of online lectures and 6-10 hours of individual study weekly.

On-Campus Attendance

The programme is structured around two modules each semester. Each semester there is a 5 day residential programme at the Sligo campus.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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