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Early Childhood Education and Care (Work Based)

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care

Minimum QQI level 5 Major award in Early Childhood, two years experience in an early childhood setting. Advanced entry to year 2 may be considered for applicants holding a QQI level 6 Major.

Calling all QQI Level 5 and level 6 working early childhood educators! Do you want to build your qualifications up to level 7? The *NEW work-based  BA Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7) at TU Dublin offers current early childhood educators a blended work-based (part-time) programme to build their qualifications through flexible, interactive, on-line and in-person delivery. Our programme run from our Blanchardstown campus, builds strong links between work-based practice and theoretical knowledge through a range of delivery modes convenient to those working in the profession. Students will have the opportunity to link their learning to  practice throughout the programme, with significant emphasis on the value of practice led learning and the theoretical underpinnings for practice.

The programme is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (QAB) as a professional award in Early Learning and Care and eligible for Nurturing Skills Learner fund approval.

Early Childhood Education & Care Educator Lead in:

  • Pre-schools
  • Crèches
  • Montessori
  • Primary Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Early Intervention Project
  • Establish your own Business
Year 1
  • H1024 Professional Development in the Early Years
  • H1026 Promoting Wellbeing in Early Years
  • H1027 Play Based Art and Music
  • H1011 Child Development
  • H1013 Sociology of Childhood
  • H1023 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • H1025 Practice Placement 1
  • H1028 Wellbeing, Identity and Belonging
  • H1029 Drama, Movement and Play
  • H1017 Child Development 2
  • H1019 Social Institutions and the Early Years
Year 2
  • H2025 Practice Placement 2
  • H2026 Professional Practice: Supporting Children and Families in Early Years
  • H2027 School Age Care
  • H2028 Literacy and Numeracy through Play
  • H2013 Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
  • H2015 Childhood and Social Policy
  • H2023 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • H2024 Outdoor Learning and Risky Play
Year 3
  • H3021 Practice Placement 3
  • H3022 Professional Practice and Critical Reflection
  • H3023 Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
  • H3024 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • H3025 Legislative Issues for the Early Years
  • H3026 Children’s Rights and Advocacy
  • H3014 Creative Group Facilitation
  • H3018 Research Methods in Early Years
Year 1

Mondays (6-10pm online) and two Saturdays per month (on campus 9-4pm).

Year 2 & Year 3

Tuesdays (6-10pm online) and 5 Saturdays (on campus 9-4pm) each semester.

Applications for this course are now open. Apply Online

Detailed information regarding the application process can be found on the part-time section of our website.

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2024



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€3,000 per year

Funding Available*

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