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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.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
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 Offers on this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements.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.

Duration

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

Number of credits

60

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

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

Comment

Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the faculty for Lifelong Learning.

(a) Course fees are expected to be paid in full at the commencement of the course. IT Carlow recognises that some students may have difficulties in paying the full amount in one transaction thus the Lifelong Learning Centre has created a number of fee payment by instalment options. All such applications will be treated in confidence. In general, fee payment by instalment applications will only be considered for fees in excess of €1,000.
Students who apply for and are granted a fee payment by installment plan should note that failure to meet the payment dates set down for their payment scheme, in particular key dates, may:
• be denied access to Blackboard
• be prevented from sitting examinations in December, May or August as applicable
• have all other assignment / exam results withheld until payments are made
• assignments will not be accepted nor will a late submission for an assignment be accepted after late payments are made
• pay an additional surcharge.

(b) Students in receipt of employer sponsorship etc. will be required to submit a letter of confirmation of commitment to pay from their employer of funding body. They must also include a Purchase Order Number for invoice purposes. Where fees have not been paid by the ‘sponsor’ within thirty days after issue of the invoice, it is the responsibility of the student to then pay the fee and claim back fees from their sponsor.

(c) Repeat students will be required to pay relevant examination fee when applying to sit the repeat.

(d) The Faculty for Lifelong Learning has a strict policy in relation to Refund of Course Fees and a fees refund or a percentage of same will only be given in the following circumstances:
• A full refund will be given if requested in writing before the commencement of the course.
• Where a student leaves within two weeks of the start of a short course (10-13 weeks), 70% refund of the course fee will apply. Outside this two week period there will be no refund of fees.
• For long courses i.e. those of one-year duration or longer, a percentage of fees refund will be given over the first nine weeks of the course as per table 1. Thereafter there will be no refund of fees.
• The refund calculation is based on the full fee for the course not the amount that a student may have paid under a fees payment installment agreement.
• The fees refund calculation is based on the date that the student formally applies in writing to withdraw from the course.
• All courses will run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course has to be cancelled those students who have registered and paid will be refunded in full.
• Receipts must be retained and produced when requesting a refund of course fees which must be applied for on the official refund form.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon 14th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee

Fees For 2017/18 €2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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