• » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education
    CAO Code  LY968
    LYIT internal code  LY_NECCE_B
    Duration  4 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  24
    Mature Applicants Places:  2
    Foundation Places:  2
    FETAC Places:  2 (FETAC quota considered on round zero only)
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This is a four year programme in which students develop the skills necessary to assimilate an understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general skills which will be widely transferable Students will undertake a critical examination of contrasting perspectives which provide insight into the varied experiences of early years’ settings. Drawing on their ability to locate, review and evaluate research findings they will articulate central theoretical arguments within a variety of EY studies and apply same as skilled practitioners in their chosen industry environment. On successful completion students will be able to work independently and identify the need for knowledge acquisition and skill development on an ongoing basis.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    At least 6 Leaving Certificate Subjects, including the following subjects:
    • English or Irish at 0D3 or higher (not Foundation Level Irish).
    • Mathematics OD3/FB2/HE
    • At least 4 other subjects
    Applicants must have a minimum of Grade C3 in at least two higher-level papers and a minimum of Grade D3 in the remaining papers.
    Have obtained a full FET Childcare Award at level 5: DCHSC Childcare, including distinctions in at least three of the following modules:
    • D20153/5N1770:                      Working in Childcare
    • D20159/5N1765:                      Caring for Children
    • D20005/5N1764:                      Child Development
    • D20007/5N1773:                Early Childhood Education
    Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements may be admitted to the programme on the grounds of mature years, if they have attained appropriate experience and attainment thresholds deemed equivalent. Applicants may avail of LYIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
    Suitably qualified direct applicants may be eligible for admission to Year 2, 3 or 4 of the programme.
    QQI/FET Quota
    A quota of 2 places is reserved for those presenting FET results. For further information on QQI/FET applications please see here.
    Garda Vetting
    Applicants who join this course will have to be vetted by the Gardaí. If the Gardaí raise an issue it will have to be addressed satisfactorily. If it is not, students will not be able to fulfil the course requirements, in which case students will be asked to leave the course. Students will also be vetted prior to placement by the relevant placement provider.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1   Introduction to Psychology & Sociology Mandatory  10  8
      Introduction to Irish Law Mandatory  5  5
      Professional Scholarship Mandatory  5  6
      Education & Play Mandatory  10  10
     1/2   Early Years Environment Mandatory  10  8
      Curriculum Studies Mandatory  5  6
      Child Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Mandatory  10  8
      Understanding Children’s Behaviour Mandatory  5  6
     2/3   Practice Placement 1 Mandatory  30  30hs x 12wks
     2/4   Creativity in the Early Years Mandatory  5  6
      Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Mandatory  10  8
      Child Health & Disability Mandatory  10  8
      Child Health & Disability Mandatory  5  4
     3/5   Culture & Contemporary Issues Mandatory  5  5
      Communications in the Early Years Mandatory  10  8
      Research Process & Methods Mandatory  5  6
      Developmental Psychology Mandatory  10  8
     3/6   Practice Placement 2 Elective  30  30hs x 12wks
      Study Abroad Elective  30  30hs x 12wks
     4/7  Research for Evidence Based Practice Mandatory  10  8
     Comparative Education Mandatory  10  8
     Professional Practice Mandatory  5  6
     Practice Placement 3 Elective  5  30hs x 7wks
     Independent Learning Project Elective  5  30hs x 7wks
     4/8  Effective Infant Education Mandatory  5  6
     Management & Leadership Mandatory  5  6
     Children with Additional Needs Mandatory  10  7
     Outdoor Play & Risk Mastery Mandatory  10  10

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the student will be able to:
    • Attained a knowledge and understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to the field of Early Childhood Care.
    • Specific and detailed knowledge and understanding of specific theories, concepts, skills and principles relating to management and leadership of Early childhood programmes.
    • The ability to demonstrate mastery of a complex and specialised area of skills and tools for working in the Early Childhood area. The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical knowledge relating to the skills above; a knowledge and understanding of current literature in the area of Early Childhood and the ability to communicate this information.
    • The skills to exercise appropriate judgement to identify, define and resolve routine and complex problems in the area of Early Childhood; The skills required to carry out independent research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task.
    • Acquired and applied methods for generating, processing, interpreting and presenting information in the areas above; The ability to analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions.
    • Activate skills and knowledge through positive engagement in a practice setting.
    • Engage in critical self-reflection; develop self-confidence and the capacity for independent learning.
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process; The skills to discuss Early Childhood issues and emerging research in the area of Early Childhood and related areas in a social, economic ethical and cultural context.
    Work Placement
    Placement is an integral part of the programme and provides students with an opportunity to learn from experience through supervised practice.  Experiential learning in this way provides opportunities to reflect on practice and to apply theory to practice.  Placement also provides the student with opportunities for observation and engagement in needs assessment, early childhood curriculum planning and implementation.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programs leading to a Masters’ Degree is available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Furthermore, graduates have the opportunity to pursue professional qualifications in careers such as:
    • Primary Teaching
    • Special Needs Teaching
    • Play Therapist
    • Speech Therapist
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Health Promotion
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    What are the job prospects?
    The childcare Act 1991 and ensuing regulation of early childhood care and education together with other national initiatives has created a strong demand for graduates of childcare studies who are able to work across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries.  Consequently, childcare and education is a rapidly expanding service that is providing career and further educational opportunities for graduates.

    The main employers are:

    • Private Sector Childcare Facilities such as crèches, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, homework clubs;
    • The Health Services – special needs services, family support services and community services
    • Primary Schools – classroom assistant;
    • Other Public Services – specialist advisor, researcher, social planning.