Early Childhood Care and Education


On this course, you’ll work with theory in disciplines such as psychology and sociology and its practical application through indoor and outdoor play, art, drama and music as you learn to make a difference in the years that count by understanding children, how they learn and how society shapes them.


There is a range of employment opportunities in early years settings such as pre-schools, crèches, nurseries, playgroups, primary schools and breakfast/homework clubs. Graduates could also practice in more specialist areas such as special needs services or early intervention projects and may be employed in the public, private or voluntary sectors or may go on to establish their own businesses. The degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.


If you’re interested in working with children, in finding out how children develop and learn, are eager to study different cultures, languages, and diversity in the world, and enthusiastic about making a difference in children’s lives you will be ideally suited to this programme.


The programme combines theory with hands on experience and practical skills. Students experience the variety of the early years sector through two placements in distinct early year settings providing the opportunity to link classroom learning with work based practice. Students are supervised throughout placement by an experienced early years practitioner as well as being given on-going support from an allocated college academic supervisor.

“I chose this particular course in ITB because I had an interest in working with children.

During my final year at ITB I was given an assignment to write and illustrate a children’s book which supported their social and emotional development.

I designed a book called ‘Sonas and Daithí’ which is about friendship and children starting in a new school. My book was chosen to be published by the Fingal County Libraries, which was such an amazing opportunity for me. It still feels surreal to be able to look up my name on the library catalogue and see my very own book come up in the search results. This opportunity would not have been possible without ITB. I discovered a love for drawing and writing which I did not have before. Having the book published has opened doors for me, including helping me to obtain a full time position as a preschool room leader. Thanks to ITB I now have something extra to put on my CV, something that stands out to potential employers as well as my level 8 degree in Early Childhood Care and Education.

I have made some great friends which makes the college experience even better as you get to share it with others whether it’s helping each other out with assignments, and most importantly enjoying the college life together.”

Orlagh Mc Donald
Early Childhood Care and Education

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