Students of childcare now have more options than ever when choosing courses. The cost of courses varies and students should shop around at different centres to ensure they get the best value. Note: With regard to accredited training courses, individual Childcare Committees are not in a position to endorse or promote a particular training provider or course and we recommend that any prospective student checks that the course is properly accredited by the State awarding body.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced the formal establishment of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the amalgamated qualifications and quality assurance authority.
QQI replaces the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), the Further Education and Training Awards Council of Ireland (FETAC), and the Higher Education Training and Awards Council (HETAC). It will also take over functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board.
The new authority will assume all the functions of these four bodies. These include managing the National Framework of Qualifications, quality assuring institutions of further and higher education and training, validating educational programmes and making awards to learners. New functions include the development of a Code of Practice and International Education Mark for institutions enrolling international learners.
Further details are available on the Dept of Education & Science website at this link:
Galway City and County Childcare Committee training calendars provide information on the following types of Childcare Training:
- Accredited training, e.g. FETAC Levels 5 and 6 in Childcare, Certificate, Diploma and Degree Courses
- In-service training for childcare staff
- Management Training for Community/Voluntary Childcare Committees
- Training for Childminders
- Child protection training
For all Accredited Training information, click on the Calendar to the right of the page where contact details for training centres are listed.