QQI publishes Second Review Report

2 July 2013

On 25th June 2013, the Interim Advisory Group (IAG) in Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) approved the publication of the second review on SNMCI’s continued implementation of the recommendations arising from the 2011 HETAC Institutional Review Report.

The report, which followed an internal review by all staff of the College contained many positives and reflected the determination of the College to embed meaningful quality assurance processes throughout its operations.
This was further affirmed by Mr Danny Brennan, recently retired Registrar of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, who undertook an independent assessment of this report. He concluded that this progress

“has established a solid foundation for the development of SNMCI as the key provider of high quality Montessori Education in Ireland.”

Ian McKenna, Director of SNMCI, welcomed these developments saying

these positive developments, along with QQI’s recent approval of SNMCI’s revised Level 7 and Level 8 programmes are confirmation of the strength of our response to the challenges in the 2011 HETAC report. I, along with my colleagues in the College, look forward to welcoming a new group of learners onto these programmes in the coming academic year. It is vital that their learning experience is positive and rewarding.”

He concluded

“With the increased focus on early childhood care and education, I know that our graduates will be key contributors to improved quality in this vital policy area.”

The Second Review report is available below


Higher Capitation of ECCE Scheme for HDip Graduates

23 April 2013

Following detailed discussions with the Childcare Directorate in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), St Nicholas Montessori College has secured clarification that the higher capitation payment under the under the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme is payable to Higher Diploma graduates working as pre-school leaders.

In thanking the officials in the Childcare Directorate, SNMCI is delighted with the outcome of these discussions and knows that it reflects positively on its programme but more importantly on the quality of the SNMCI graduate.

A copy of the DCYA material is attached, click the icon below to download a copy.