The National Standards for Early Years in the Rep. of Ireland, which applies to all practitioners working in the early years sector, came into effect from September 2015.

The Child Care Regulations require all staff working directly with children in early years services to hold a minimum qualification of Level 5 or equivalent by 31st December 2016.

The requirement under the ECCE contract is that all pre-school leaders must hold a Level 6 qualification came into effect on 31st December 2016.

IMPORTANT: WCCC does not offer training directly and cannot hold responsibility for the quality or certification of courses run by other organisations. This page is provided for information purposes only.

See link below to check if your qualification is on the DCEDIY list.

Early Years Pre-school regulations & DCEDIY Qualifications

If your early childhood care and education qualification does not appear on the list you may apply to have it assessed for approval (see here.)

How to check where your UK qualification stands with the Irish National Qualification Framework


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