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QQI Consultation on New Early Learning and Care Awards


​​Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) launched a five-month consultation on new-format draft awards standards for Early Learning and Care (ELC) in May 2019.

These new standards (at NFQ Levels 5 and 6) will replace the current Early Childhood Care & Education standards published in 2011.

The new awards standards are open for public consultation with stakeholders until 30 September 2019. Further information is available on www.qqi.ie at this link

Providers of programmes leading to QQI childcare awards are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these new awards standards and participate in the consultation process.