Limerick Childcare Committee

Limerick Childcare Committee produces a training calendar twice per year. The purpose of the training calendar is to provide a range of professional development opportunities to those working in the early years sector.

The calendar is posted to all Early Years services, including childminders, who are registered with Tusla or voluntary notified to Limerick Childcare Committee. It is also posted on our website (on this page).

The following conditions apply to all training/professional development opportunities provided by Limerick Childcare Committee.

  1. Bookings can only be made using the Booking Form.  Booking Forms are posted to Early Years (Childcare) Services.
  2. Payment must be enclosed with the Booking Form. Bookings will not be made without payment.
  3. Priority will be given to staff working in Early Years Services.
  4. Refer to the LCC Terms and Conditions for Professional Development Programmes and Client Charter.

Please note that we do not provide First Aid, Manual Handing and HACCP training.

Other Training

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training Programme.

In June 2016, revised guidelines were published as part of the introduction of the new Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) for children with disabilities.

Limerick Childcare Committee is delivering a training programme which will support educators engage with “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education”.  This awareness raising programme will empower early years educators to explore, develop and promote inclusive practices for the benefit of all children and families availing of their service.  It will give participants a greater confidence in developing and implementing an Inclusion Policy for their service.

The training has been developed and funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and is free of charge.  On completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

When and where is the training on? 

Full attendance at all sessions is required.  

Absolute Hotel, Limerick.

  • Saturday, 21st March 2020        9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.  (light lunch provided)
  • Thursday, 26th March 2020      6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2nd April 2020          6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9th April 2020           6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Participants’ Testimonials 

“The programme gave me a working knowledge of the DEI Guidelines and how to refer to them”.

“Definitely should be completed by all staff in Early Years settings.  Most enjoyable training to date!”

“Really makes you reflect on your practice with a whole new lens – very worthwhile”.

“This course has made me reflect on our own setting and how we express ourselves.  We got great insight and ideas from the group each week.  I really enjoyed it”.

“I had very little expectations initially, however I feel I have been enlightened with ideas and a new sense of awareness”.

“I really enjoyed the programme and found it to be very informative and feel I leave with a better awareness of diversity, equality and inclusion.”

“I am delighted that my manager sent me”.

“Glad I did the course as I feel it has given me more confidence in dealing with issues regarding inclusion”.

“It covered a lot of information and the pace was just right”.

“I am taking a lot away from this course that I will put into practice within my setting”.

Copy of diversity-equality-and-inclusion-charter-and-guidelines-for-early-childhood-care-education for downloading.

Accredited Training

Limerick Childcare Committee do not provide accredited training. The organisations listed below provide information on National and Local Courses.

  • Qualifax is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database. It is the “one stop shop” for learners. They provide comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses.
  • Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board provides Further Education and Training in Limerick and Clare. They offer a range of full time and part time courses to over 15,000 learners in over 300 locations across the region every year.

Qualification Requirements for Working in the Early Years (Childcare)

As of September 2014, the qualification requirements below, will apply to all newly set-up Early Years (Childcare) Services. They will apply to existing services, from 31st December 2016.
  • The minimum qualification for all Pre-School Leaders, delivering the ECCE programme, will increase to Level 6 (on the National Framework for Qualifications)
  • The minimum qualification of Level 5 on the National Framework for Qualifications, will be required for all staff working with children in Early Years Services

Please refer to the Qualification Requirements page of our website for information on the DCYA List of Recognised Qualification and Requirements for the ECCE Scheme

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary 2020 – Closing date for receipt of applications Friday 23rd October.

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:

1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:

(a)  On the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.


(b)  The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.

2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 – 2020.

3. The bursary amount will be €750.

4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.

5. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.

6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following – a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.

8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.

10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.

12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:

With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.

With regard to (8) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.

Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCYA Privacy Notice:

The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCYA directly.

Application requirements:

  1. Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.
  2. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learing & Care service.
  3. Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with the application form.
  4. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
  5. The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of online student records cannot be accepted.
  6. The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved. 

Timeframe for applications:

14th September Call for applications open by CCCs
23rd October All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 23rd October 2020.
Week of 7th December CCCs pay approved applicants

Learner Fund 4 August 2016

Learner Fund 4 (August 2016) is accepting online applications up to 6 p.m. on 28th October 2016.   This fund provides a subsidy to assist learners complete a QQI Level 6 award in Early Childhood Care & Education.  The following categories of learners are eligible to apply:

  • Early Years staff who received DCYA letters (after 10th March 2016) confirming that their qualifications do not meet the requirements  for the DCYA qualifications list/ECCE contractual requirements.
  • Early Years staff who hold a Major Award at Level 5 or 5 relevant certified components at QQI Level 5, and who work with ECCE children.
  • Early Years services who are expanding ECCE provision (additional room) and consequently require a Level 6 person as room leader.

Applications should be submitted by the employer with the consent of the staff member.

Further details can be found in Learner Fund 4 How to Apply (Aug’16 up-dated) and Learner Fund 4 Information and FAQ (Aug’16 up-dated).

Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC)

Leadership for Inclusion  in the Early Years (LINC) is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award required for staff in ECCE settings to complete if they wish to take on the new role of Inclusion Coordinator.   The programme seeks to address the need for continuing professional development (CPD) within the ECCE sector in relation to the inclusion of children with disabilities.

The course is being offered by a consortium (Mary Immaculate College, Early Childhood Ireland, Maynooth University) by way of blended learning over one year.  It will involve on-line learning and one Saturday classroom session per module (7 Saturdays over the programme year, including orientation).  Classroom sessions for the 2018/19 academic year of the programme will take place in the following centres:  Clonmel, Drogheda, Dublin, Gorey, Letterkenny, Macroom, Sligo, Tuam, Tullamore.

Candidates, who must hold a Level 5 Major Award in a relevant area, must be nominated by their employer/early years setting.  Only settings in contract to deliver the ECCE programme will be eligible to nominate a candidate.  The course is fully funded by the DCYA.  In addition, there is a once-off payment of €200 to each participating eligible student to assist with covering expenses arising from participating on the programme.  An ECCE setting employing an Inclusion Coordinator (i.e. a graduate from the LINC course) will be eligible for additional capitation of €2 per ECCE child per week.

Applications can only be made online on  The application process will remain open until 12th April 2018.  All details regarding the course can be found on

Learner Fund 3 (May 2016) is open for applications until 6 p.m. on Friday 29th July, 2016. now closed.

 Learner Fund 3  (May 2016) provides subsidised training to early years practitioners to enable them to upskill to meet the minimum qualification requirements, i.e. full Level 5 Major Award. Only applicants who have received a ‘Qualification Recognition’ letter from DCYA, stating that their current qualification is not a major award, may apply.  Please see May 2016 Learner Fund 3 (May 2016) Information and FAQ for full details and also May 2016 Learner Fund 3 (May 2016) – How to Apply.  Courses must be undertaken with training providers listed on Learner Fund Approved Training Provider Panel for CCCs Updated May 2016.
Please note that the online application process will remain open until 6 p.m. on Friday 29th July 2016.  Funded courses must be completed by 31st December 2016.