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​​QQI launches five-month consultation on new-format draft awards standards for Early Learning and Care (ELC) 

Quality and Qualifications Ireland has published proposed new awards standards for Early Learning and Care.  These are now open for public consultation with stakeholders until 30 September 2019.  The new standards (at NFQ Levels 5 and 6) will replace the current Early Childhood Care & Education standards published in 2011.  

One of the major changes is that the new standards will be based on the NFQ Professional Award-type Descriptors.  This will have a significant positive impact for a sector which saw nearly 25,000 major awards (including those at Levels 5 and 6) in the last 7 years.  For example, it will help facilitate the development of efficient progression pathways between different tertiary ELC qualifications in the NFQ.  

A consultation event on was held 7 May 2019 with full attendance. You can view the presentation from the Department of Education and Skills delivered on the day here. The programme from the day can be viewed here

Questions regarding this consultation can be sent through QHelp for the attention of the Research and Standards team.