The course incorporates key topics including child health and wellbeing, Irish national frameworks such as Aistear and Siolta, including other related legislation and regulation, creativity and play, methods and approaches to early childhood care and education, parent/family involvement besides aspects of leadership and management in the sector. Students are encouraged to reflect, enquire and investigate a range of theoretical and practical pedagogical approaches to learning and development in early childhood.
A professional practice placement in an early childhood setting is included on the course from year two. It offers students an opportunity to combine their experiences and skills in a final year specialist project. The course provides a pathway to competence and professional employment in early childhood sector. It offers a strong core of foundation modules in early years education and in personal development as an educator. Students will be supported in their learning and development as professional early childhood educators, to go out into the workforce as innovators and leaders, competent in the skills that are required in the current changing landscape of the ECE sector and those of the future.