Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care

Course Information

    • Awarding Body
    • Quality and Qualifications Ireland
    • Start Date
    • Monday 23rd September 2024
    • Duration
    • BA (Ord) level 7: 18 months & BA (Hons) level 8: 2 ½ years
    • Award
    • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care
    • Format
    • Online
    • Credit Value
    • 180

A message from the Programme Leader

Funding details

Nurturing Skills Learner Fund Chevron College

What is the Nurturing Skills Learner Fund (NSLF)?

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has launched a pilot of a new Nurturing Skills Learner Fund (NSLF). The NSLFaims to assist early years educators to pursue early learning and care (ELC) qualifications that have been approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (QAB) while continuing to work in the sector.

Chevron College is an Approved Higher Education Institution for the Nurturing Skills Learner Fund Scheme for both our L7 and L8 Early Years programmes.

The pilot Nurturing Skills Learner Fund scheme will fund a number of students to undertake QAB-approved Early Learning and Care degree programmes (at levels 7 or 8), with funding provided directly to the educational institutions, lowering the overall cost to those studying while working in the sector.

Funding is limited and programme places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Student Eligibility

In order for student to avail of financial support through the NSLF, it is envisaged that students must be currently working in an ELC or SAC service that is in contract for DCEDIY’s Core Funding programme. Furthermore, students will need to meet the proogramme entry requirements; by holding a QQI Level 6 Childhood Care and Education Major Award, Level 6 LINC Special Purpose Award or equivalent.

Programme Costs

  • Yearly Cost: €720 (can be paid in 5 monthly instalments of €144 each)
  • Learner Fund Contribution: An additional €360 directly paid to the student for each year of studies, 6 months after you have completed the course providing you are still working in Early Years

 

*NSLF funding will be available to support students who are progressing in their degrees ie not repeating years, subject to the continuation of the NSLF pilot scheme

COURSE STAGES

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 2 (120 Credits)

Stage 2 will provide students with a strong understanding of the key areas and concepts pertaining to the role of the Early Years Educator.

Students will evaluate current early years practice from a global and national context and will examine strategies and practices to support the holistic development of children, with an emphasis on creativity, inclusion, equity, and collaborative practice.

Course Modules

Sociology and Social Policy

Creative Play in the Early Years Environment

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Professional Practice 2

Literacy in the Early Years Environment

Advanced Early Childhood Learning and Development

Supporting Community and Parental Involvement

Stage 3 (120 Credits)

Stage 3 will further support students to develop an in-dept understanding of key areas and concepts pertaining to the role of the Early Years Educator and Leader.

Students will evaluate current early years practice from a global and national context and will examine strategies and practices to ensure a high-quality, compliant early years environment.

Through research, reflection and professional practice placement students will further develop their professional practice and emergence as ethical and transformative leaders.

Course Modules

Inspection, Regulation, Policies and Procedures

Curriculum and Pedagogy 2

Supervision, Mentoring & Leadership

Professional Practice 3

Inclusion and Children with Additional Needs

Children’s Rights and the Voice of the Child

Research Methods including a Research Proposal

Stage 4 (60 Credits)

Stage 4 will provide students with a more comprehensive and complex understanding of ECEC in Ireland.

Students will examine the role of management in ECEC and understand the theory and processes involved in the management of high quality ECEC and School Age Childcare services.

Students will analyse existing research and engage in new research pertaining to the area of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course Modules

Quality in ECEC

Advanced Padegodical Practices

Leading Management in Early Years

Professional Practice 4

Dissertation

Course Details

Why choose this course?
How does the online course work
Tutor support
Work Experience
Entry requirements
Qualifications gained
Career Opportunities
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BA (Ord) Early Childhood Education and Care Level 7 cost per year

€720

Duration 2 years | Can be paid in 5 monthly installments of €144 each

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care Level 8 cost per year

€720

Duration 3 years | Can be paid in 5 monthly installments of €144 each

*NSLF funding will be available to support students who are progressing in their degrees ie not repeating years, subject to the continuation of the NSLF pilot scheme

How To Enrol

Enrolment & payment are completed online or over the phone, you can give us a call at 01 6855 300 (24/7) or you can request a call back at a time that suits you!