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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

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.

Important notice about this course


The next intake onto this programme is January 2025.  Applications will open in Autumn 2024

Register your interst in this programme here 

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

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


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.

Partially funded by Monaghan LEO to eligable applicants. 

  • Applicants should have a QQI level 6 major award in Early Childhood Studies or equivalent 
  • Currently employed in a supervisory role/manager/educator in a Tusla Registered ECEC / SAC setting

Currently employed in a supervisory role/manager/educator, in a Tusla Registered ECEC / SAC setting

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

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Section Part Time Programmes )

Course ID DK_NNSHP_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 12 weeks
Fees €625
Starting Date JANUARY 2025
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 15
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply for this course using our online applications system as per below. You must also upload a completed Employer Support Form (.docx) with your application.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).