Grangegorman ABC Programme



The aim of the Upskilling Strand of the Grangegorman ABC Programme is to improve the quality and standard of service delivery in early years provider services in the Grangegorman area.  This will be achieved through:

  • Developing and delivering a tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme to upskill early childhood services staff to deliver Siolta (the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education) and Aistear (the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) to a high standard
  • Building service capacity for evaluation
  • Coordinating the delivery of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Levels 6 and 7 Childcare programmes in the Grangegorman area

Early Childhood Care and Education: QQI Level 6


Coordination: City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) and The Gateway Project

Contact: Mairin Kenny (CDETB) Email:

Contact: Carmel Brien (The Gateway Project) T: 01 8823002 Email:


This is an advanced course aimed at participants with previous childcare training who wish

to develop a career in childcare at Team Leader Level.  Course participants already hold a

QQI Level 5 award in Childcare and are working at a suitable level in a childcare setting in the

Grangegorman ABC Programme area. The Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education course

involves 8 modules and leads to a QQI award.  Course modules include Early

Childhood Curriculum; Child Development; Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies; and

Work Experience.


The course is delivered by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) and the

Gateway Project at Gateway’s premises in Manor Street, Dublin 7.  Participants attend for

one evening per week and one Saturday per month over 2 years from September 2015 to

June 2017. Some 15 staff are participating from local early years settings.



Siolta/Aistear Implementation CPD Module: QQI Level 7 and Management Module


Coordination:    Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Contact: Jan Petterson (DIT)

This course caters to staff and managers who already have a Level 6 qualification and are working at a suitable level in the area.  Learners’ will develop their understanding of the National Curriculum Framework “Aistear”, and the National Quality Framework “Síolta”.

The programme is delivered over 18 months from September 2015 and involves class contact, tutorials (some of which are in practice settings) and a practice portfolio.  It is delivered in the Grangegorman Campus by DIT, and students will be awarded a certificate by DIT, and credits for future study.  Some 24 local staff are participating.

A further 3 day management programme will be offered to service managers.  The focus will be on evaluation methods, as well as support strategies for participating staff.