Qualifications

Early Years Recognised Qualifications

The revised preschool regulations in 2016 requires that all staff working directly with children must hold a minimum of QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (or an equivalent qualification which is recognised on the list of qualifications published by The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
However those holding a Grandfathering clause* may continue to work in Early Years Settings until September 2021.


If a person does not hold a qualification on the DCEDIY’s recognised qualifications list, the individual is required to apply for the recognition of their qualifications at eyqualifications@equality.gov.ie. In order to be recognised, qualifications must demonstrate sufficient content in the areas of child development, early childhood education and child health and wellbeing. Applicants who start employment without qualification recognition are in breach of the Preschool Regulations. For further information please refer to the DCEDIY website above which will explain the process in more detail.

QQI level 5 childcare major award

This award consists of 8 components of these 4 are mandatory and the student may chose 4 other relevant components at QQI Level 5 in order to achieve QQI Level 5 Major award. The total credit value required for this certificate is 120. This will be achieved by completing the Components for Level 5 which are on the list below.

QQI Level 6 childcare major award

If you are providing the ECCE scheme all ECCE room leaders must hold a minimum QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (or equivalent) since December 2016. This is a requirement of the ECCE contract. As with the QQI Level 5 the Major award in QQI level 6 requires a person to have a number of mandatory components and elective components. QQI level 6 requires for 3 mandatory components and the total credit value required for this certificate is 120 credits This will be achieved by completing the Components for level 6 are on the list below. 

Owners and Managers are advised to ensure their staff have the appropriate qualifications.

For further information on completion of components or for advanced studies please see the National Framework of Qualifications.  

Title QQI Level 5

NFQCredit
All of the following component(s)
Child Development515
Child Health and Well Being515
Early Care and Education Practice515
Early Childhood Education and Play515
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
Work Experience515

Work Practice515
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
Communications515
Customer Service515
Teamworking515
Personal Effectiveness515
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
Human Growth and Development515
Social Studies515
Legal Practice and Procedures515
Approaches to Early Childhood Education515
Childminding Practice515
Creative Arts for Early Childhood515
Equality and Diversity in Childcare515
Infant and Toddler Years515
School Age Childcare515
Special Needs Assisting515
Irish for Preschool Services515
Nutrition515
Children with Additional Needs

515
The remaining credit value of 15 can be obtained by using vocationally relevant component(s) from level 5. A maximum of 15 credits may be used from either level 4 or level 6.

Title QQI Level 6

NFQ LevelCredit Value
All of the following component(s)
Child Development615
Early Childhood Curriculum615
Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies615
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
Work Experience615

Work Practice615
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
Team Leadership 615
Personal and Professional Development 615
Communications615
A minimum credit value of 30 from the following component(s)
Early Learning Philosophy615
Early Learning Environment615
Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy615
Early Childhood Arts and Culture615
Special Needs Assisting615
Creative Studies for Special Needs615
Supervision in Early Childhood Care615
Equality and Diversity in Childcare615
Disability Awareness615
Child Psychology615
The remaining credit value of 15 can be obtained by using vocationally relevant component(s) from level 6. A maximum of 15 credits may be used from level 5.
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