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DCYA EY Qualification Recognition Application Form



DYCA has published a list of qualifications that meet the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland. The list can be viewed on the DCYA website


This list contains all qualifications which have been approved by DCYA. It also sets out the appropriate level of DCYA approval (i.e. meets regulatory requirements; eligible for Room Leader - standard capitation; eligible for Room Leader - higher capitation).


If your qualification is on the list you do not need to apply to DCYA for qualifications recognition. Just provide a copy of your qualification to your employer along with a copy of the page on the list on which it appears.

If your qualification does not appear on the list you may apply to have it assessed for approval using this application form. To be approved, a qualification must include the following material:



 Child Development 0-6 years of age


 Early Childhood Education - Theory and Practice


 Child Health and Welfare 0-6 years of age


These studies must be at a minimum of Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or equivalent.


Please note the following:


  •  When completing the application form, please provide a personal email address, not the email address of an employer.
  •  Please sign and date the application form (unsigned forms cannot be accepted).
  •  Applications can only be accepted from the individual who holds the qualification to be assessed and cannot be accepted from a third party (such as an employer or prospective employer).
  •  Information about the status of an application cannot be provided to a third party.



Completed applications can be submitted via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:




Early Years Qualifications Recognition Department of Children and Youth Affairs


Block 1, Miesian Plaza


50-58 Baggot Street Lower


Dublin 2, D02XW14