QQI Early Childhood Care and Education

This section will provide an overview of QQI Level 5 & 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education programmes provided by Early Childhood Ireland.

QQI Early Childhood Care and Education

Further Education and Training

Further Education and Training is when an adult learner undertakes training leading to a recognised qualification. To achieve a QQI Major Award in Level 5 or Level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education you need to complete 8 components – mandatory and elective (120 credits in total- each component carries 15 credits). If you have previously completed components in Level 5 or 6 Early Childhood Care and Education you may be able to use these combined with newer components towards a Major Award. The old component must be mapped under the new common awards system to gain an exemption toward the new award. For example: Old component – Caring for Children now equates to New Component – Well-Being. You will be required to complete an exemption form with your training provider. Exemptions can be sought for awards which are no more than five years old at the date of the processing of the exemption.

 

Mandatory Training Requirements

Since 31 December 2016, 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 and Youth Affairs (Early Years Recognised Qualifications).

Grandfathering declaration –  Staff who have a grandfathering declaration (signed by 30th June 2016) can continue to work in the sector up until 1 September 2021. 

 

ECCE Room Leader Qualification

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. You can now check if your qualification meets the requirements as The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have released a list of Early Years Recognised Qualifications 

 

 

QQI Level 5 – Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education

Early Childhood Ireland offer this programme for those who:

  • are just entering the sector
  • are already working in childcare and are required to gain a qualification

To achieve a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education through Early Childhood Ireland a learner must complete eight components which include:

If you are would like to know when we have this programme scheduled, please fill in our Expression of Interest form below. We will then send you an email as soon as any programmes are scheduled.

 

QQI Level 6 – Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education

Early Childhood Ireland offer this programme for those who:

  • have completed Level 5 Major Award and wish to upskill

To achieve a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education through Early Childhood Ireland a learner must complete eight components which include:

If you are would like to know when we have this programme scheduled, please fill in our Expression of Interest form. We will then send you an email as soon as any programmes are scheduled.

How long will it take to finish my full award?

Classroom –  We offer our class-based QQI Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 & 6 programmes part-time over 2 years, 1 evening per week plus 1 Saturday per month.

Blended –  We offer a blended programme which consists of live interactive online sessions one evening per week plus quarterly Saturday class based sessions.

 

Pricing

Class Based

  • Standard Price €1600 for all 8 components

Online/Blended

  • Standard Price €1200 for all 8 components

 

Expression of Interest Form

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Please also check our Bookings section to see if this programme is scheduled to run soon.

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