Further clarifications from Tusla regarding qualifications and regulatory requirements in accordance with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years services) Regulations 2016.
All staff who work directly with children need to have the QQI Level 5 in ECCE or equivalent.
The exceptions are:
CE workers as these are categorised as trainees if they don’t have the qualification. If they have the qualification they can be in ratio
SNAs from another agency who are supporting a specific child
Support provided through the AIM programme relating to the Specialist support: Level 6 therapeutic support (OTs, SLTs etc)
A PA attached to an individual child (or equivalent) where this person supports the child with medical needs