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Certificate in Leadership, Management and Business for the Early Years Sector

Course Points
Course Duration
12 weeks
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
Tuesday 7th February (subject to change)

Course Summary

The aim of this programme is to support and engage early years’ educators, managers, and supervisors in ethical, democratic leadership and effective management that promotes sustainable development in the early years sector. The programme is designed and developed to facilitate those working in the early years sector who wish to obtain knowledge and skills through work-based learning in authentic contexts and where assessments are linked to practice. The programme supports participants in their career readiness as competent leaders and managers of high-quality provision in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) settings.

Upon completion of the programme, the graduate will be able to:
Apply theories and concepts of effective leadership, management and change within the early year’s sector.
Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations and team dynamics when implementing change.

This one-semester (12 weeks) programme is delivered predominantly online, with live online lectures on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm to 9.30pm

The proposed delivery evenings are:

7th Feb, Monday 21st Feb (6pm to 7pm) , Tuesday 21st Feb,  28th Feb, 7th March, 21st March, Monday 27th March (6pm to 7pm),  28th March, 18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May. (please note this is subject to change)

In addition, face to face classes will be delivered from 09.00hrs to 16.30hrs on 2 Saturdays over the semester on campus in DkIT,  25th Feb, 6th May. 


Please note this timetable is subject to change

The employment prospects for these graduates will be greatly enhanced by having a Level 7
Special Purpose Award qualification. Possible positions of employment will include:

• Supervisors or managers in Early Years settings • Pedagogical Leaders within Early Years settings
• Open own Early Years setting

Graduates may be eligible to apply for the BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies.

Course fee is €625 payable in 3 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1: €50 is payable upon application (This is non-refundable if you are made an offer of a place)
  • Instalment 2: €100 (non-refundable) is payable to confirm your acceptance of a course place.
  • Instalment 3: €475 is payable by the end of February.
  • Applicants should have a QQI level 6 major award in Early Childhood Studies or equivalent 
  • Currently employed in a supervisory role/manager/educator in an ECS setting

Currently employed in a supervisory role/manager/educator, in an ECS setting.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736

Caroline McDonnell (Programme Director Early Childhood Studies)
Phone: +353 42 9370200

Course ID DK_NNSHP_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 12 weeks
Fees €625
Starting Date Tuesday 7th February (subject to change)
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 15
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply


Applicants must submit copies of their CV, and academic transcripts with their application.