If you are considering up-skilling or returning to education MCCC would recommend that you have a look at Meath Adult Guidance Service (MAEGS). They can assist you with Career Information, Advice and Guidance. MAEGS is part of Co. Meath VEC Adult Education Services and they promote the importance of Career Planning at every stage of a person's life. Check out http://louthmeath.etb.ie for further advice in particular the Meath Adult Education Guidance Service at this link http://louthmeath.etb.ie/adult-education/adult-guidance-service/meath-adult-guidance-service/.
As set out in the terms and conditions of the ECCE scheme, Pre-school leaders must hold a major award in childcare or a related field at QQI Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) at a minimum and higher qualifications would
contribute towards the quality of the service provision. Pre-school services may apply for a higher capitation if the pre-school leader holds a relevant degree in an early childcare related field and has experience. The assistant in this situation would be required to have a Full award at level 5.
For more information on qualifications please see Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) at www.qqi.ie
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Programme
Funded under AIM Access and Inclusion Model
What is the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Programme?
The programme centres around the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education. The course is facilitated by Meath CCC.
It explores a wide variety of challenges facing early childhood services today, that can inhibit or prevent services operating in a fully inclusive manner. Challenges such as prejudice, real representation of all children in an early childhood service and strategies to promote inclusive practice are all explored.
What does the course cover?
The course will explore the key issues surrounding Diversity and Equality and promote good practice in terms of supporting Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in an early childhood setting. It will support educators in developing an inclusion policy for their setting.
Meath CCC team members are delivering Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training on an ongoing basis throughout the county.
How will completion of this course enhance children's learning and development experiences?
Completion of this course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to encourage opportunities for all children to thrive in early education through the promotion of positive identities and abilities, the celebration of diversity and difference in an inclusive, participative culture and environment.
What resources will support training participants?
During the DEI training programme, a book audit is carried out to encourage early educators to explore the messages portrayed in the books provided to children within early childhood services. Some key children's books, which explore topics such as being different, gender, family structure and varying abilities of children, used as part of this element of the programme are available through the Meath CCC loan library for participants who've completed the DEI programme.
Packs containing the books used in the Diversity Equality and Inclusion Programme are available for participants who have completed this course. These can be borrowed and taken out to promote Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the early childhood setting.
How do you borrow these books?
Simply ring or call into our office to borrow these books and our staff will inform you of our lending policy. Our Office is located at Meath County Childcare Committee, Commons Road, Navan, Co. Meath or by ringing reception on 046-9073010.