Tusla are delighted to report that so far, a total of 11,615 people across the country have accessed their eLearning training. Users are reported to be in a wide variety of roles within Early Years Services and with varying qualifications and years of experience.
A total of 10,992 people have completed the Introduction module, while 9,150 have completed the Governance module. The numbers of people reported to have completed the Health, Welfare and Development of the Child and Conclusion modules are lower, 3,321 and 4,855 respectively. However, these modules were launched after the Introduction and Governance modules, which may explain the lower levels of engagement.
Tusla strongly encourages everyone working in the sector and other sector stakeholders to complete all QRF eLearning module, which can be accessed here.
The Quality and Regulatory Framework
In September 2018 Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate launched its comprehensive Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF) to support registered Early Years services to comply with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 (S.1. 221 of 2016). The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence based, national and international research and best practice in Early Years.
The eLearning Programme
The QRF eLearning programme was launched in November 2020. It was developed following consultation with the Early Years sector to support understanding of the QRF. The primary aims of the programme are:
- to support Early Years professionals to meet the requirements of the regulations, and
- to have a greater understanding of what quality Early Years provision and experiences look like in practice for all children accessing Early Years services.
The programme can be used as a resource by other professionals in the Early Years sector, such as quality mentors, support workers, tutors, lecturers, students and parents. The programme identifies what quality early years provision looks like in practice and as such may also be of interest to parents and guardians.
There are six modules:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: Governance
- Module 3: Health Welfare and Development of the Child
- Module 4: Safety
- Module 5: Premises and Facilities
- Module 6: Conclusion
Here you can register and access the Quality and Regulatory eLearning programme.
A certificate is issued on completion of the core modules which can be used as evidence of the participant’s commitment to provide quality early years provision and experiences for young children.