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15th April 2019

Guidelines for Professional Education Degree Programme for the Early Learning and Care Sector

Minister for Education and Skills Joe Mc Hugh T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. last Friday (12 April) launched Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education (Level 7 and Level 8) Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) Sector in Ireland. 

The purpose of these criteria and guidelines is to support the development by higher education institutions of professional awards for early childhood educators, at Level 7 and Level 8 on the national framework of qualifications. The aim is to ensure consistency of approach and quality in provision of education, ensuing graduates are fully prepared to take on the complex challenges of practice in this field.

Minister McHugh said: “I am delighted to introduce these guidelines for initial professional education programmes for early childhood educators. Early learning and care plays a huge role in children’s development, ongoing wellbeing and their future educational achievement. We want to ensure that children have the best possible learning experience from an early age. The quality of education for our graduates in this area, and how prepared they are for the incredibly important role they perform is critical in ensuring, in turn, that children’s experiences in early learning and care settings are of the highest quality.

 

 Read the full press release here

The guidelines and further information on the Degree Programme are available to download in the link below

Information & Guidelines for Initial Professional Degree Programmes for ELC Sector Ireland

 

 

 

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