College-Led Consortium To Deliver Higher Education Programme

A consortium led by Mary Immaculate College in Limerick has been selected to deliver the new national Higher Education Programme for Inclusion Co-ordinators in Early Years Settings.

The contract was awarded by Youth Minister Dr James Reilly alongside Education and Skills Minister Jan O'Sullivan.

The consortium is a partnership between the college, the Froebel Department in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Early Childhood Ireland.

The programme will see up to 900 early years practitioners graduate each year, qualifying them to perform the new role of Inclusion Co-ordinator in their Early Years Care and Education setting.

Minister Reilly said: "The value of quality early years care and education is well documented. he international evidence shows a wide range of benefits for children, for families and for society itself.

"I am delighted with this announcement, presaging as it does the education and training of hundreds of graduates each year that will enable them to empower children with disabilities in the ECCE sector."

The application process for the higher education certificate programme is due to be announced shortly.


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