This diploma is for all teachers and teaching aspirants looking to effectively master the various contemporary approaches and methodologies related to Early Childhood Care and Education. The ECCED course focuses on the emerging knowledge related to Early Childhood Learning in order to provide you with all the essential skills that will enable these Early Childhood teachers to understand each child’s uniqueness and dynamism and successfully work with them. Today’s Early Childhood classrooms are focused on child-centred learning and teachers who can create interest in the minds of the students and help them achieve their learning goals. After completing the course, you will become well aware of the techniques in order to ensure the all-round development of children aged 0-5 years, putting stress on laying a solid foundation.


  • Nature and Nurture in Early Childhood Leading with values
  • Vulnerability and Resilience in Early Child Development
  • Family Influences on Early Development: Integrating the Science of Normative
  • Developmental Pathways and Intersections among Domains of Development
  • Early Brain Development and Plasticity
  • Social Regulation of Stress in Early Child Development
  • Temperament
  • Executive Functions in Developing Children: Current Conceptualizations and Questions for the Future
  • Developing Social Understanding in a Social Context
  • Mathematical Thinking and Learning
  • Language and Communicative Development
  • How Children Learn Language: A Focus on Resilience
  • Literacy in Early Childhood
  • Social, Emotional, and Regulatory Development
  • Feeling and Understanding: Early Emotional Development
  • Temperament, Attention, and the Development of Self-Regulation
  • Maladjustment in Preschool Children: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective
  • The Social Ecology of Early Development
  • Poverty during Early Childhood
  • Orphanages as a Developmental Context for Early Childhood
  • Peer Relationships in Early Childhood
  • Child Care and Early Development
  • The Social Ecology of the Transition to School: Classrooms, Families, and Children
  • Media and Early Development
  • The Educational Lessons of Media

Overall Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module learners will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of child development while working with young children;
  2. make an informed decision of their daily practices using knowledge of contemporary early childhood theories;
  3. organize developmentally and culturally relevant learning environments in the ECCD center;
  4. organize relevant learning activities for children informed by knowledge of child development, strengths and interests of the, and the social cultural context they live in;
  5. observe and document children’s learning regularly and make informed curriculum decisions;
  6. develop responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families and communities they work with;
  7. respect and value local funds of knowledge when working with families and communities;
  8. establish mutually beneficial relationship with families and communities;
  9. exhibit knowledge of health care, safety principles, nutritional and physical needs of young children;
  10. apply appropriate practices to ensure that a child is healthy, nourished and protected;
  11. advocate the benefits of play in the holistic development of a child;
  12. plan appropriate play activities for children;
  13. use different teaching methods and strategies to support children achieve learning goals in Bhutan Early Learning and Development Standards;
  14. possess knowledge about different kinds of disabilities and liaise with relevant agencies to support children with disabilities;
  15. apply basic skills in program management and operations within an ECCD center and use leadership skills to advocate for quality education in ECCD center; and
  16. exhibit sound knowledge of both global and national early childhood education policies, practices and regulations.

Course Structure

Executive Diplomas are professional diplomas delivered in a manner that gives you the flexibility to learn at a time and place that suits your personal and work life. You can embark immediately on an Executive Diploma knowing you can fit it into your schedule.


There are 50 Multiple Choice Questions (“MCQ”) for each module. If you start an MCQ session, please remember that it will time-out after 1.5 hours. You have three attempts at the MCQ to achieve a pass mark, which is set at 50%.

Admission Criteria

You should show that you will be able to fulfil and benefit from the objectives of the diploma or certificate and be able to achieve the required standards. Although no prior knowledge is required you should normally be at least 16 years old and have the following:

  • Level 2 (QCF) Certificate; or
  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above; and/or
  • Relevant work experience.


Delivery Mode

Mode A: Fully Taught mode

Available at selected Approved Learning Centers. For each module we recommend that Approved Learning Centers provide at least 48 hours of face to face lectures and tutorials.


Mode B: Blended Learning mode

Available at selected Approved Learning Centers where classes are held plus learners are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be accessed through our designated Learning Portal.

We recommend that Approved Learning Centers provide between 24and 36 hours of lectures/tutorials and that you spend at least 12 hours learning online.


Mode C: Fully Online mode

Learners are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be accessed through our designated Learning Portal. For each module we recommend at least 72 hours of online learning.


For the Blended and Fully Taught modes please Contact Us for an Approved Learning Centre near you. Please note we are constantly adding Approved Centers.

Student Learning Time

Executive Diploma should be completed in 6 months.