Twenty-nine students registered in Longford on a Level 8 Bachelor of Arts Honours in Early Childhood Education & Care.
This programme is a collaboration between MBE Skillnet, Longford Women’s Link and Institute of Technology Carlow.
The introduction of the higher capitation for Early Childhood services that operate the free pre-school year as well as the commencement of the second free pre-school year, has resulted in an increased demand for qualified staff to meet the requirements.
Longford Women’s Link has been a massive supporter and provider of Early Years training and development within the region and cognisant of this need, contacted MBE Skillnet and Institute of Technology Carlow to deliver this honours degree programme locally.
MBE Skillnet is a network of members companies, and working closely with Longford Women’s Link, identified the training requirements of its member companies within this sector, and the needs of local crèches and early years services providers to continuously train and up-skill managers and employees alike.
In order to obtain higher capitation from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs a service must be able to show that all the required Pre-school Leaders in the service hold a major award at a minimum level 7 on the NFQ or equivalent in childhood / early education.
Ongoing professional development must be at the heart of any organisation or sector, but especially in the Early Years sector. This honours degree award will incentivise the sector to continue to up skill and in doing so provide real change for the sector and for children.
MBE Skillnet funding has helped make this possible by reducing the fees for trainees attending the programme.
The degree will be delivered at Longford Women’s Link purpose-built Community Education Facility.