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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 for further advice in particular the Meath Adult Education Guidance Service at this link

ECCE Qualifications

Minimum Childcare Qualifications - Increased Qualification Requirements - International evidence tells us that raising the qualification levels of staff working with children is key to improving the quality of services. Under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006. New qualification requirements have been announced:

  • Minimum qualification for all pre-school leaders delivering the ECCE programme is now LEVEL 6.
  • Minimum qualification of Level 5 on the National Framework for Qualifications for all staff working with children in early years services. These qualification requirements will be phased in. These new qualification requirements announced in 2014 will apply to all new services from that date, and to all existing services by September 2015.

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.

Part time Degree programmes

A number of part time degrees have sprung up in recent years please follow this link to view what is on offer: 2014 Degree course options part time.

For more information on qualifications please see Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) at

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