DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications
DYCA has published a list of qualifications that meet the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland.
This list contains all qualifications which have been approved by DCYA. It also sets out the appropriate level of DCYA approval (i.e. meets regulatory requirements; eligible for Room Leader – standard capitation; eligible for Room Leader – higher capitation). If your qualification is on the list you do not need to apply to DCYA for qualifications recognition.
The list can be viewed here on the DYCA WEBSITE
The list will be updated on a regular basis as other qualifications are approved.
ECCE Capitation Payments
As part of the Early Years Quality Agenda, new qualification requirements for Early Years (Childcare) staff are being introduced. All staff caring for children in an Early Years Service will be subject to a minimum qualification requirement of Level 5 or equivalent,
Payment under the ECCE programme is by way of capitation fees which are paid directly to the service provider. A capitation fee is payable in respect of each eligible child enrolled in the free pre-school year, on a pro-rata basis if applicable.
Higher Capitation Qualification Criteria – The Pre-School Leader must hold the minimum qualification requirements for the ECCE Room Leader (Higher Capitation) as approved on the published list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications REF 65 and all Pre-school Assistants must satisfy the Pre-school Regulations (2016) minimum requirement (Level 5). Please note that a ‘grandfather declaration’ will not suffice for a pre-school assistant in the ECCE room where an application for higher capitation is being made.
The ECCE Higher Capitation rate must be applied for on an annual basis. Please refer to the DCYA website to see the ECCE Higher Capitation Application Process for Services 2016/17 and to download the ECCE Higher Capitation Rate Application Form.