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​​​Update: Consultation on New Standards for Early Learning and Care Awards


In 2019, QQI conducted a five-month consultation on new awards standards for Early Learning and Care. As part of this process, an event was held to explain the new standards and their implications for potential programme developers, programme coordinators, quality assurance staff and others involved in ELC. This consultation closed on 30 September 2019.

QQI received a range of responses from across the sector, which can be read here.

A summary of the issues raised has been prepared, and can be accessed here.

A note of the post-consultation meeting held by the ELC Standards Advisory Group is available to read here.

Finally, the Professional Award-Type Descriptors at NFQ Levels 5-8: Annotated for QQI Early Learning and Care (ELC) Awards is available for download here.


Update: Consultation on the Green Paper on Assessment 


QQI’s Green Paper on Assessment sets out a framework and context for discussing assessment issues. It is aimed at a number of sectors, including the FET, HET and ELE sectors.

Using the Green Paper as a basis, created focussed opportunities for discussion of the issues through workshops and focus groups before collecting written feedback on the issues from stakeholders. These took place during autumn 2018.

To read an analysis of our stakeholder feedback, click here.

To read individual responses, click here.

This consultation closed on 7 December 2018.