Minimum Qualifications Requirements in the Early Years


The 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. If your qualification is on the list you do not need to apply to DCYA for qualifications recognition. The list can be viewed here.

If your qualification does not appear on the list you may apply to have it assessed for approval by taking the following steps:

1.    Download the application form here.

2.    Supply all information and supporting documentation that is requested (this may include all professional development training as well as your main QQI transcripts).

3.    Provide clear contact details (especially home address and email address).

4.    Please sign the application form (unsigned forms cannot be accepted).


For further information please click on the link below:

Early Years (Pre-school) Regulations and DCYA Childcare Programmes Qualification Requirements


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