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:

  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Early Childhood Education & Play (5N1773)
  • Child Health & Well Being (5N1765)
  • Early Care & Education Practice (5N1770)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Practice (5N1433
  • Children with Additional Needs (5N2396)
  • Equality and Diversity (5N1775)

 

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:

  • Child Development (6N1942)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum (6N1944)
  • Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies (6N1945)
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care (6N1973)
  • Communications (6N1950)
  • Work Practice (6N1947)
  • Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935)
  • Early Learning Environment (6N1933)
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