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Hand filling out a survey - Consultation on Draft Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education Degree Programmes

Early Years Education and Training Consultation

January 9, 2018

Consultation on Draft Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education (Levels 7&8) Degree Programmes in Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland

In 2016, a Department of Education and Skills (DES) survey of practitioners on the quality of their education and training experiences identified some significant gaps in the programmes being offered. A review and subsequent report on the occupational role profiles in early childhood care and education in Ireland followed in 2017. DES then established a working group to develop a draft set of Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education undergraduate degree programmes. The draft criteria and guidelines are now open to consultation and survey.

This is an important opportunity to contribute to the development of early years education and training in Ireland and we encourage you to complete the survey before it closes on Wednesday 28th February 2018. ECI will also complete the survey following targeted consultation with the Policy and Implementation Panel and any other interested members who are welcome to discuss the survey and their views with our Policy Officer Amy McArdle amcardle@earlychildhoodireland.ie.

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