No Programme Award Assigned
Programme Code: TA_HCHCE_B
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time
No. of Semesters:8
NFQ Level:8
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:240
Language of Instruction:English
CAO Code:

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Knowledge which takes account of the principles, concepts, theories and methods in Early Childhood Care and Education. Knowledge of holistic, participatory, inclusive and child-centred models of provision from a rights based, critically reflective and social justice position. Knowledge of the social, political, cultural and economic context influencing life of the child, family and community. In-depth knowledge in a specialised area. An understanding of the role of research in critically surveying, questioning and assessing existing knowledge and in so doing allows for the emergence of new dimensions of knowledge through empirical and theoretical methods.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Their In-depth knowledge in a number of specialist areas, with some of this knowledge at the current boundaries of the field. An ability to make connections across disciplinary and specialist areas of acknowledge of professional responsibilities in a modern diverse changing global world. Knowledge of principles which inform ECEC professional values and attitudes. Detailed knowledge in an ECEC specialised area of the learner’s choice through completion of a dissertation. A critical understanding of the need for further research and innovation in order to bring about greater understanding of the relationship of theory to practice and the relevance of action research in the field of professional practice.
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Their mastery of a complex and specialised area of skills for implementation in a professional Early Childhood Education and Care environment including pedagogy, strategies of learning, emotional intelligence, participatory practice, children’s rights, social justice, critical reflection, leadership and management. Apply specialist skills in completing research and understanding the application of empirical evidence being applied to best practice.
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Their ability to: Exercise appropriate judgement in a number of different functions including curriculum planning and design, child protection issues, children with additional needs, promoting positive behaviour, and in leadership and management roles. Think critically, analyse and problem solve in relation to issues pertaining to early childhood education and care. Understand services and practices from a systemic perspective. Implement and ensure ‘high’ quality of service provision and the protection of children. Formulate and implement policies and procedures for Early Childhood Education and Care services and the administration of its provision. Exercising appropriate judgement in evaluating a research area for suitability and relevance with a view to conducting a worthwhile and coherent piece of research. Protect, respect and promote the wellbeing of children and their families.
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Their ability to: Use advanced skills to engage in the field of investigation and to conduct research, or professional activity, accepting accountability for all related decision making; transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills in a range of Early Childhood Education and Care contexts. Carry out a piece of research with appropriate use of diagnostic tools and frameworks. Make decisions about a course of action, and accept responsibility for these. Transfer and apply diagnostic skills from one context which may be familiar to other less familiar contexts.
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Their ability to: Demonstrate how to manage, analyse and determine priorities for service provision in partnership with, and in the best interests of, service-users. Communicating with children, parents and colleagues including specialised knowledge and innovative ideas relating to modules studies and research conducted. Engaging in participatory practice with children and families regarding Early Childhood Education and Care provision. Working with parents and local communities. Working as part of a team and demonstrating leadership. Working in contexts of diversity. Protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children and their families. Assuring the maintenance of ethical and professional standards within the sphere of Early Childhood Education and Care and provision.
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Their ability to: Demonstrate an understanding and consciousness of professional Early Childhood Education and Care issues through the process of critically reflective practice. Contributing to the body of knowledge in ECEC through research and dissemination of new information in a professional manner, acutely aware of the ethical implications of such research. Working independently and as part of a team. Engaging critically reflective practice techniques and approaches. Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach to learning. Understanding the context of Early Childhood Education and Care in the boarder local, national and international domains.
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Their ability to: Express a comprehensive personalised professional identity manifesting solidarity with others. Internalising human rights and social justice discourse. Adopting a holistic perspective of children development. Assuming anti-bias, intercultural and diverse approaches. Adopting a democratic and critically reflective approach to the education of young children. Understanding that competence is based on values and attitudes that require self- reflection.

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
CHLD H1001 Child Development 1
CSKD H1000 Critical Skills Development
DRMA H1001 Drama and Movement
SOCI H1003 Sociology of Childhood
CHLD H1003 Child Centred Practice
HLTH H1001 Health & Well Being in the Early Years

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
CHLD H1002 Child Development 2
HLTH H1002 Health & Safety in the Early Years
ARTM H1002 Art and Music
SOCI H1004 Social Institutions and the Early Years
CHLD H1004 Early Childhood Curriculum
EARL H1002 Early Learning

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PLAC H2003 Practice Placement
PROJ H2010 Practice Placement Project

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PSYC H2004 Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
CHLD H2002 Childhood and Social Policy
CHLD H2004 Team and Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
LITN H2002 Literacy and Numeracy
CURR H2002 Curriculum and Pedagogy
LERN H2002 Outdoor Learning and Risky Play

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PROJ H3080 Advanced Placement Project
PLAC H3050 Advanced Practice Placement

Stage 3 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
LANG H3006 Language Acquisition
CHLD H3002 Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children
LEGA H3004 Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care and Education
PROP H3004 Professional Practice & Child Protection
DIVE H3002 Equality and Diversity in Early Childhood
RESH H3001 Introduction to Research in ECCE

Stage 4 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PSYC H4001 Applied Child Psychology
CURR H4004 Curriculum Development
CHLD H4004 Child Protection: Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Services
REMT H4010 Advanced Research Method ECCE
Module Code Module Title
CHLD H4005 School Aged Childcare
CRIN H4002 Creative Interventions for the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of Children
CHRT H4002 Childrens Rights: A National and International Perspective
LANG H4012 Second Language Pedagogy

Stage 4 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PSIN H4002 Supporting Positive Interactions with Children
FAMS H4002 Family Studies
SOJU H4002 Social Justice in Early Childhood Care & Education
RSPJ H4002 Reseach Project ECCE
Module Code Module Title
CURR H4006 Curriculum Design
LEAD H4002 Leadership, Management and Mentoring