» 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 HETAC
- 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
Have obtained a full FETAC 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.
- FETAC Quota
- A quota of 2 places is reserved for those presenting FETAC results. For further information on FETAC applications please see FETAC.
- 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/Semester Proposed Modules,
subject to approval
No of credits Class 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 Creativity in the Early Years Mandatory 5 6 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Mandatory 10 8 Child Health & Disability Mandatory 10 8 Children & Families Support Mandatory 5 4 2/4 Practice Placement 1 Mandatory 30 30hs x 12wks 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 5 6 Comparative Education Mandatory 10 6 Management & Leadership Mandatory 10 8 Practice Placement 3 Elective 5 30hs x 7wks Independent Learning Project Elective 5 30hs x 7wks 4/8 Effective Infant Education Mandatory 10 6 Children with Additional Needs Mandatory 10 7 Teaching & Assessment for Professional Development Mandatory 5 6 Outdoor Play & Risk Mastery Mandatory 5 7
- Learning Outcomes
- On completion of this programme the student will be able to:
- Critically consider leading-edge theories and evidence-based research on child development and early years’ education issues to inform their teaching and learning beliefs and practices;
- Work reflexively and critically with a range of contemporary education theories and practices within early childhood education to engage young children in constructive, playful and contextually relevant learning;
- Work in partnership with families and communities to support children's learning and to develop respectful, inclusive and culturally competent practices in early childhood education;
- Engage proactively with early childhood professionals to become ethical leaders and practitioners who can develop curriculum, pedagogy and programmes that meet diverse students' needs;
- Contribute to a multi-disciplinary, professional approach to support the development of young students;
- Activate skills and knowledge through positive engagement in a practice setting;
- Competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
- Engage in critical self-reflection; develop self-confidence and the capacity for independent learning.
- 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
- 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.
- FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
- Contact: Ms. Louise McBride, Head of Department of Nursing and Health Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- E- Mail: Louise.McBride@lyit.ie
- Telephone: (074) 9186303
- Altranais Web Site: http://www.nursingboard.ie/
- Nursing Careers Centre Website: http://www.nursingcareers.ie/
- North Western Health Board Web Site: http://www.hse.ie/