Update June 2021
An extension to the FAR training reimbursement fund has been announced. To support the sector to meet the new regulatory requirements, services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending FAR training (full or refresher). The maximum amounts services may claim are €225 per full course and €175 per refresher course and services should be aware that some training providers may charge in excess of the amount that they can claim back.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic public health restrictions, the practical training element of FAR courses were put on hold, as a result Tusla and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) have agreed to extend the reimbursement timeframe to meet this regulatory requirement to 31st October 2021.
Tusla will therefore align their regulatory activity with this extension and only commence inspecting against this requirement from 1st November 2021. At that time, Tusla will expect at least one person(s) to have successfully undertaken the First Aid Response (FAR) course to be available to children at all times in a service and will inspect services on that basis.
To easily claim back the cost of this training, services must submit to Kildare County Childcare Committee a completed application form, a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course. Please ensure that any training undertaken is completed with a PHECC accredited First Aid Responder (FAR) trainer. Other training courses will not be reimbursed.
KCCC are not organising the training courses, you can contact training providers directly to book FAR training.
PHECC accredited trainers are available on the PHECC website, here.
FAR Application Form June 2021
FAR Update June 2021
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