Early Childhood Education & Care

Course Codes:
Carlow Campus: CWL28
Wexford Campus: CWX08
Wicklow Campus: CWW09

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.

Special Features of this programme
All learners must complete 500 hours of supervised professional practice in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector as part of this programme.

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 be working in the early year's sector. Garda vetting is required for this programme. Offers are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements. All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


1 year part-time (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

Faculty of Lifelong Learning
Wexford Campus
Summerhill Road
Tel: 053 9185809 (LLL Centre)
Tel: 053 9185800 (Reception)
Fax: 053 9185801

Faculty for Lifelong Learning
Wicklow County Campus
Clermont House
Rathnew, County Wicklow
Tel: 0404 67125

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Mandatory Subjects
Pedagogy & Curriculum
Outdoor & After School Education & Care
Philosophy in Early Childhood Education
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

Application date

Closing Date for Applications
All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.
All other applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates


Start Date
September 2018.

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