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Early Childhood Education and Care (Work Based)

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Work Based)

*This course is DCEDIY/PACG approved and eligible for NSLF funding from Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Applicants must hold a QQI Level 5 Major award in Early Childhood and have two years experience working 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 or 8? This blended work-based BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8) offers current early childhood educators an opportunity to build their qualifications through flexible, interactive, on-line and in-person delivery.

This course is run on our Blanchardstown campus and 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 course 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.

Graduates may find employment as an Early Childhood Education & Care Educator Lead in the following areas:

  • Pre-schools
  • Crèches
  • Montessori
  • Primary Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Early Intervention Project
  • Establish your own Business

Year 1

  • ECEC H1024 Professional Development in the Early Years
  • ECEC H1026 Promoting Wellbeing in Early Years
  • ECEC H1027 Play Based Art and Music
  • ECHC H1011 Child Development
  • ECHC H1013 Sociology of Childhood
  • ECHC H1023 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECEC H1025 Practice Placement 1
  • ECEC H1028 Wellbeing, Identity and Belonging
  • ECEC H1029 Drama, Movement and Play
  • ECHC H1017 Child Development 2
  • ECHC H1019 Social Institutions and the Early Years

Year 2:

  • ECEC H2025 Practice Placement 2
  • ECEC H2026 Professional Practice: Supporting Children and Families in Early Years .
  • ECEC H2027 School Age Care
  • ECEC H2028 Literacy and Numeracy through Play
  • ECHC H2013 Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
  • ECHC H2015 Childhood and Social Policy
  • ECHC H2023 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • ECHC H2024 Outdoor Learning and Risky Play

Year 3: 

  • ECEC H3021 Practice Placement 3
  • ECEC H3022 Professional Practice and Critical Reflection
  • ECEC H3023 Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
  • ECEC H3024 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • ECEC H3025 Legislative Issues for the Early Years
  • ECEC H3026 Children’s Rights and Advocacy
  • ECHC H3014 Creative Group Facilitation
  • ECHC H3018 Research Methods in Early Years

Year 4:

  • ECEC H4031 Psychological Approaches to Inclusive Practices
  • ECEC H4032 Curriculum Development and Design
  • ECEC H4033 Research in Practice 1
  • ECHC H4014 Child Protection: Policy and Practice in Early Childhood
  • Elective ECHC H4017 Creative Interventions for the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of Children
  • Elective ECHC H4022 Second Language Pedagogy
  • ECEC H4034 Collaborating with Family and Communities
  • ECEC H4035 Dissertation : Early Years Practice Project
  • ECHC H4018 Supporting Positive Interactions with Children
  • ECHC H4027 Leadership, Management, Communication and Mentoring
  • ECHC H4028 Social Justice in Early Childhood Education and Care


Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Applications 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 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 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*