Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education Program Offered at Kenyatta University


Kenyatta University (KU)

Kiambu County

Diploma 3 semesters Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Diploma (Accredited by: Kenyatta University)

About Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma program.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education is for those who are interested in working in the early childhood services sector, or who are already working in the field and are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services.


Objectives of Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

This practical course will prepare you to enter a rewarding industry where you’ll provide education and care to children during their most influential years. 

Upon completion, you will be a qualified early childhood educator with skills and knowledge in:

  • childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
  • planning for children with additional needs
  • networking and family partnerships

Entry requirements for Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

To qualify for admission into the  Early Childhood Care and Education diploma programme at Kenyatta University , candidates must meet the following academic, professional and other qualifications:

  • Mean grade of C (Plain) at KCSE or
  • Division III at KCE OR
  • Mean grade of C- (Minus) with either a P1 certificate or an Early Childhood Studies certificate from a recognized Institution.

Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education Course Subjects

The diploma in early childhood care and education programme will be offered in three modes: residential, open learning and school based.

The minimum duration for the residential programme is three semesters. The programme consists of 18 units usually offered in 3 semesters. In order to qualify for the award of the diploma, the candidate must pass all the 18 units.

The final written examination will constitute 70% of the total mark while the continuous assess-
ment and assignments will constitute 30%.The pass mark of each course shall be 50%

Unit Code and Title
ECE 021: Introduction to General Psychology
ECE 022: Overview of Child Development: pre-natal and infancy
ECE 023: Health Education and Practices
ECE 024: Foods and Nutrition for Infants and Young Children
ECE 025: Introduction to General Methods in ECE
ECE 026: Foundation of Historical Development of ECE in Kenya
ECE 027: Overview of Childhood Development ECE 028: Basics of Language in Early Childhood ECE 029: Art, Craft and Material Development
ECE 030: Play, Music and Drama in Early Childhood
ECE 031: Basics of Science and Mathematics
ECE 032: Religious and Social Studies in Early Childhood
ECE 033: Foundation of Community Education and Mobilization
ECE 034: Children with Special Needs
ECE 035: Care giving and the Role of Family in Changing Society
ECE 036: Introduction to Research Methods
ECE 037: Management of programmes for Infants and Young Children
ECE 038:  Foundations of Guidance and Counselling

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