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Early Childhood Education & Care

What is this programme about?
This programme provides an opportunity for students to study for a one-year Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. This programme is being offered as a direct response to the introduction of the free school year in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECCE scheme) by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. This programme is designed for graduates of Social Care who are working in the Early Childcare sector and who do not hold the necessary qualification for the ECCE scheme. All successful applicants will have to complete 500 hours of Supervised Professional Practice as part of this Higher Diploma.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this programme, students should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills in early childhood education and care to enable them to make a professional contribution to early childhood education & care, nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

What are the minimum entry requirements?
To be eligible for consideration for this Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, the applicant must hold a minimum Level 7 qualification in social care or its equivalent and will be working in the early years sector.

Garda vetting is required for this programme. Offers on this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


1 year. 2 nights per week 7.00-10.00pm with some Saturdays throughout the year.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Pedagogy & Curriculum
Outdoor & After School Education & Care
Children’s Literature in Early Childhood
Literacy, Numeracy, Science & Technology
in Early Childhood Education & Care
Leading Contemporary & Quality Practice
Visual Arts in Early Childhood
Work based learning for ECEC


Awarded By IT Carlow

Exam Information

Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable be examined in week beginning 12th December 2016. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable be examined in May 2017.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 19th August 2016

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 26th August 2016

Course fee

Fees For 2016-17 €2,290
(Reduced to €1,990 if fees are paid in full before 10th September 2016)

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 10th September 2016

Courses Commence
Monday 12th September 2016

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