BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care

Description: BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care
Duration: 4 years
NFQ Level: Level 8
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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care is a four-year, day and evening delivery programme, designed for people who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector. 

The aim of the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care is to provide learners with a firm foundation in Early Childhood Education and Care so as to practice as Professional Early Childhood Educators in a range of ECEC environments. As such, the programme aims to present learners with a comprehensive foundation in the principles and pillars of professional practice of early childhood education and care in Ireland and internationally, underpinned by a solid theoretical framework. 

This is a full-time course delivered in the evening.

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The course incorporates key topics including child health, nutrition and wellbeing, essential legislation and regulatory practices in the Irish and International frameworks environments, music, movement, art and drama, creativity and play, methods and approaches to ECEC, working in multi-professional environments, parent/family involvement besides aspects of leadership management and governance in the sector. Students are encouraged to reflect, enquire and investigate a range of theoretical and practical pedagogical approaches to learning and development in ECEC.

A strong emphasis on professional practice placement in diverse Early Childhood setting is included on the course from year one. It offers students an opportunity to combine their experiences and skills in a final year capstone project. The course provides a pathway to competence and professional employment in Early Learning environments. It offers a strong core of foundation modules in early years education and in personal and professional identity 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.

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