Early Childhood Care and Education / Cúram agus Oideachas Luath-Óige

2020 CAO Points: 220

Leaving Cert

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher



Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements/Information: Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see tudublin.ie/gardavetting


If you’re interested in working with children and finding out how they develop and learn, are eager to study different cultures, languages and diversity in the world, and enthusiastic about making a difference in children’s lives, this programme will suit you. It explores the varied approaches to early childhood education and care, including child development, child psychology, sociology of childhood, art, drama and music, equality, diversity and inclusion, language acquisition, health and well-being, and safeguarding children. You’ll gain insights into outdoor learning and risky play through our purpose-built outdoor classroom. You’ll be able to apply and adapt your learning in the realistic setting of our dedicated early-childhood practice room.

The course includes practical and creative projects, engaging in the local community, debates, presentations and reflective journals.

Work Placement: There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3, Semester 2.

Further Study: On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to progress onto the final year of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education.

IT Requirements: Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store


Early Childhood Care and Education Practitioner in:

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

Semester 1:

  • Child Development 1
  • Drama and Movement
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Health & Wellbeing in the Early Years
  • Child Centred Practice
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education


Semester 2:

  • Child Development 2
  • Art & Music
  • Social Institutions and the Early Years
  • Health & Safety in the Early Years
  • Early Learning
  • Early Childhood Curriculum

Semester 1:

  • Practice Placement*
  • Practice Placement Project

* Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage


Semester 2:

  • Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Team & Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
  • Childhood and Social Policy
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Outdoor Learning & Risky Play



Semester 1:

  • Advanced Practice Placement *
  • Advanced Placement Project

* Advanced Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage


Semester 2: 

  • Language Acquisition
  • Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children
  • Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Professional Practice & Child Protection
  • Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood
  • Research Methods for the Early Years


TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

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