Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, Care and Education (L8)


This part-time, evening, postgraduate course is designed to facilitate existing graduates from relevant areas who wish to upskill or convert to early childhood care and education to gain the professional qualification required in Ireland’s contemporary, professionalised, early years sector. The programme is targeted at applicants who are already working in supervised practice.

The overall aim of the Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, Care and Education is to develop critically reflective, skilled and ethically aware professional Early Childhood Educators. The course will afford graduates from relevant disciplines an opportunity to enhance existing qualifications, and build on existing practical expertise, to obtain a recognised level 8 qualification in Early Childhood Studies, Care and Education.

Download Programme Brochure Higher_Diploma_in_Early_Childhood_Studies_Care_and_Education_Updated.pdf

For information on this programme please  email tlace@wit.ie 


1 Year, Tuesday & Thursday, 6pm – 10pm


Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies,  Care and Education


All assessments are continuous assessment.  They include essays, presentations, observations of play and reflective learning diaries.


  • The fee is €3,000. A contribution towards the fee may be available to eligible candidates through funding secured by Waterford Chamber Skillnet working in partnership with Waterford Childcare Committee.
  • Eligible learners approved by WIT that meet the Waterford Chamber Skillnet criteria for funding will be eligible to receive 25% funding towards the overall costs (€3000 less 25%; €2250).
  • Please contact tommie.ryan@waterfordchamber.ie if you have any queries regarding eligibility for funding.

How to apply

All Applicants will be required to attend interview for the programme.  Successful applicants will then be required to login/register on the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC system) online by going to www.pac.ie  PAC applications require a non-refundable application fee of €50 payable directly to PAC. For further details please contact at tlace@wit.ie



The programme is designed for:

  • Applicants with an existing level 7 major award in Early Childhood Studies, or equivalent, and with at least two years of relevant work experience who wish to progress to progress to level 8;
  • Applicants with an existing major award at level 8 degree in a cognate area who wish to convert to a career in early childhood care and education. Cognate degrees are defined as level 8 degrees in which Psychology, Sociology or Early Years Education was a major component.

Candidates who do not currently meet these requirements may consider making an application using WIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning process.

RPL for admission information is  available at www.wit.ie/rpl/ and the full policy is available as Chapter 3 of the WIT Academic Regulations at www.wit.ie/policies

Teaching Council Registration: This programme is designed to facilitate existing graduates from relevant areas to gain the professional qualification required to work in Ireland’s contemporary, professionalised, early years sector. It is not purpose designed as part of a pathway towards registration as a Teacher in Further Education with the Teaching Council (TC)


Advice on gaining registration with the TC is available from the TC. Advice is also available from the free Adult Education Guidance Services countrywide




  • Spaces will be allocated to learners once approved through the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) application process providing learners have met all eligibility criteria.
  • Waterford Institute of Technology will notify Waterford Chamber Skillnet (WCS) of eligible learners who may qualify for funding, after which WCS will liaise directly.
  • Applications to WIT will close on 5th September 2021.
  • Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, Care and Education
    28th September 2021
    6:00 pm

Registration Options

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Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, Care and Educationshow details + €2,250.00 (EUR)  



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