Early Years Recognised Qualifications
The Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), established in 2003, is a framework through which all learning achievements may be measured and related to each other in a coherent way.
The many different types and sizes of qualifications included in the NFQ are organised based on their level of knowledge, skill and competence. Because all NFQ qualifications are quality assured, learners can be confident that they will be recognised at home and abroad.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) has a responsibility to develop, promote and maintain the Irish NFQ. QQI also facilitates the recognition of foreign qualifications.
From 31st December 2016, room leaders in ALL services participating in the ECCE programme will be required to hold a certification for a major award in childcare/early education at a minimum of level 6 on the NFQ, and all staff working with children in the service will be required to hold a certification for a major award in the childcare/early education at a minimum of level 5 on the NFQ.
To register with TUSLA, a childminder must hold a minimum of a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 5 on the NFQ
The list of Early Years qualifications recognised for the purposes of meeting the requirements of the Regulations and DCEDIY Childcare Programmes Contracts can be found by clicking the link below: