Learner Fund 4 is closed.
For further information contact WCCC offices on 051-295045
In September 2015 Waterford Childcare Committee (WCC) initiated an online questionnaire to identify present qualifications, progression preferences and suitable delivery options for early years practitioners in the Waterford area. The survey also sought information on any missing modules in attaining full QQI (FETAC) levels 5&6. Finally it sought clarification on the need for alignment of social care qualifications to early childhood requirements.
List of Early Years qualifications recognised for the purposes of meeting the requirements of the Regulations and DCYA Childcare Programmes Contracts.
The only exception to this will be for any individuals who expect to retire between September 2015 and September 2022 as they will not be required to meet the new qualification levels.
This declaration gives the Signee an exemption after September 2015 from the requirement to have a L5 (only) qualification. The declaration is not applicable to the requirement for L6, i.e., for ECCE room Leaders.
Any early year staff member (other than ECCE room leader) who as yet does not have a Major Award at L5 and who intends to retire from working in the sector within seven years (i.e., before September 2021) will be eligible to sign this declaration. This signed and stamped declaration can be presented to an inspector or compliance officer in lieu of a L5 Major Award cert, i.e., a service will not be considered to be non compliant on the basis that this staff member does not have a Major L5 qualification, as this declaration will exempt the signee.
This means that, after September 2015, the signee must be working in any position (ECCE assistant/leader in toddler or baby room etc) other than the ECCE room leader, to rely on this exemption.
Childcare Services may contact the Childcare Committee for information about the availability of relevant courses for accredited and mandatory training.
The Association of Childhood Professionals is a national body with local branches including ACP Waterford Branch. The Associations mission is to be a Representative body for childhood professionals in Ireland. For more information about their work or on how you can join go to www.acpireland.com More information about the local branch:
The Men in Childcare Network Ireland has operated since 2004, and is supported administratively by Waterford County Childcare Committee. The Network exists to support and encourage men to work in the early years sector. Contact details: