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New Requirement to Submit Tax Details to Pobal
15 December, 2015

New Requirement to Submit Tax Details to Pobal

  Tax Clearance is confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners that an organisation’s tax and customs affairs are in order at a particular date. From 1st January 2016, Revenue will be changing their tax clearance application and verification systems.  Revenue will move to providing for real-time ongoing tax clearance (to be known as eTax Clearance). This will involve processing tax clearance applications, the certificates issued by the Collector-General and the verif...

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ECCE Budget 2016 FAQ: Children with Special Needs
11 December, 2015

ECCE Budget 2016 FAQ: Children with Special Needs

Q)My child will not meet the age criteria for free pre-school next year as they will be over 5½ years before the end of the pre-school year. Will we be able to apply for an overage exemption so that my child can still avail free pre-school? An upper age limit for participation in free pre-school was recommended by the Inter-Departmental Group on Future Investment in Childcare, on the advice of the Department of Education and Skills, as limiting the diversity in ages among students in ...

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Significant New Funding to help Quality Expansion of the Free Pre-school Programme
10 December, 2015

Significant New Funding to help Quality Expansion of the Free Pre-school Programme

  Minister Reilly announces a €1.5 million ‘Learner Fund 4’ in the first of a series of measures to support expansion of the free pre-school programme   Children’s Minister James Reilly has today announced funding of €1.5 million for the ‘Learner Fund 4’ to assist practitioners in Early Childhood Care and Education to upgrade their qualifications. Children benefit most from pre-school when provision is high quality, and staff qualific...

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Better Start Quality Development Service Criteria December 2015
09 December, 2015

Better Start Quality Development Service Criteria December 2015

  Better Start Quality Development Service has been offering an on-site mentoring service to Early Years providers since February 2015. If you feel your service would benefit from the support of a Better Start Early Years Specialist you will be interested to know that we have recently revised our allocation criteria. Our priority continues to be to work with large full day care services; however we are aware that some areas have had little access to quality supports. Services will be con...

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Information: Play2Read at Kildare Libraries
07 December, 2015

Information: Play2Read at Kildare Libraries

  Play2Read is a Kildare Library Services project where library staff, parents and pre-schools work together to prepare children for learning to read at school.    These sessions are designed to help children and their parents/carers to recognise and master 6 key pre-literacy skills. Research has shown that children with these skills, and who have positive reading role models have significantly higher reading levels than children who don’t . It is a vital head start ...

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Pobal Compliance Visits 2015/2016
27 November, 2015

Pobal Compliance Visits 2015/2016

The 2015/ 2016 on-site compliance visits in respect of the DCYA programmes (ECCE, TEC & CCS) are about to commence. Please note that Pobal compliance visits will again be Unannounced Visits.  In order to prepare for the forthcoming cycle of visits, all services are strongly advised to read and familiarise themselves with the compliance documents: •     Compliance 2015-2016 Announcement •     Compliance 2015-2016 Provider File Checklist...

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Children with disabilities attending free pre-school to benefit from major new supports scheme
19 November, 2015

Children with disabilities attending free pre-school to benefit from major new supports scheme

  ‘Supporting Access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability’ IDG Report published   A major new programme aimed at providing supports to children with disabilities in free pre-school has been launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly, along with the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State from the Department of Health whose res...

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Children First Bill, 2014 Report to Dáil on Seanad amendments 11th  November 2015
12 November, 2015

Children First Bill, 2014 Report to Dáil on Seanad amendments 11th November 2015

  Wednesday 11th November, 2015 The enactment of the Children First Bill meets an important legislative commitment in the Programme for Government to, for the first time, put key elements of the Children First Guidance on a statutory footing. As passed by this House, the Bill contained three main elements relating to child welfare and protection and following a Government amendment in Seanad Éireann the Children First Bill also includes a provision to abolish the common law defen...

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KCCC Professional Development Conference
29 October, 2015

KCCC Professional Development Conference

  On the 17th October 2015 Kildare County Childcare Committee held their annual Childcare conference, “Meeting the Challenge “Supporting Children's Relationships in in Killashee House Hotel Naas.    The conference was opened by Dr. Catriona O’Toole, lecturer in Educational Psychology at Maynooth University Department of Education, and a member of the Board of Directors of Kildare County Childcare Committee. Dr. O’Toole welcomed all of the part...

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