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Early Years (Pre-school) Regulations and DCYA Childcare Programmes Qualification Requirements

A list of Early Years DCYA Recognised Qualifications for the purposes of meeting the minimum qualification requirement in the pending Early Years Regulations and for meeting the contractual requirements for the DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes has been published.

This list will enable employees working in the Early Years sector in Ireland to verify whether the qualifications they hold will be recognised.

This list also sets out the qualifications that are recognised and the appropriate level of DCYA approval (meets regulatory requirements; eligible for Room Leader in a Standard Service; eligible for Room Leader in a Higher Capitation service)

Where a qualification is not published on the list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications but the holder considers it to be an appropriate Major Award at or above Level 5 on the NFQ or equivalent, the holder can apply to have their qualification assessed for approval. If it is approved for recognition the details of the qualification will be added to the list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications. The Application Form for Qualifications Recognition can be downloaded here.

Information in relation to the Early Years (Pre-school) Regulations and DCYA Childcare Programmes Qualification Requirements and DCYA Qualifications Recognition Application Process can be download here.

The Published list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications can be downloaded here.

The published list is now also available as a searchable database.

Survey of Early Years Practitioners:

For your Information, the Department of Education and Skills has published its 'Survey of Early Years Practitioners: Consultation for the Review of Education and Training Programmes in Early Years (May 2016)

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