Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for initial professional education (Level 7 and 8) new degree programmes beginning in 2021 and later, for the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland have been published by the Minister of Education and Skills. The Guidelines are available for download here.
The Department of Education and Skills in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will shortly establish a Qualifications Advisory Board to manage the review of the new programmes for their coherence with the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines in advance of their submission for validation by their authorised body (i.e. QQI or HEIs)
The Qualifications Advisory Board (QAB)
The QAB has been jointly instituted by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on a non-statutory basis to review Initial Professional Education (Level 7 and Level 8) Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care Sector. More information can be found on their webpage.