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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Qualification Requirements under the new Childcare Regulations
12 June, 2015

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Qualification Requirements under the new Childcare Regulations

  The DCYA has announced a postponement on the upcoming September 2015 qualifications requirement for staff in existing childcare services registered with Tusla until September 2016, subject to certain conditions as outlined below: the pre-school leader is enrolled and engaged in training to meet the Level 6 qualification. the pre-school assistants are enrolled and engaged in training to meet the Level 5 qualification or hold a signed grandfathering ...

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KCCC Annual Reports 2014
19 May, 2015

KCCC Annual Reports 2014

  The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Kildare County Childcare Committee Ltd. was held on the 23rd April 2015. The Annual Reports are now available. Click here for more information 

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Tusla Announces Details of Significant Early Intervention and Prevention Programme Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS)
12 May, 2015

Tusla Announces Details of Significant Early Intervention and Prevention Programme Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS)

  Tusla – Child and Family Agency yesterday announced details of a comprehensive programme of early intervention and preventative work. The Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Programme will take place over three and a half years (2015 – 2018) and will embed early intervention and prevention within the Agency.   The aim of the programme is to prevent risks to children and young people arising or escalating through building sustainable intellectu...

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CPD Event- 16th May 2015
06 May, 2015

CPD Event- 16th May 2015

Roscommon County Childcare Committee in conjunction with Longford County Childcare Committee are delighted to offer their CPD event nationally. The event is titled "Development of an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum – Linking the Building Pillars of Practice through the use of the Aistear/Síolta Practice Guide -  Inspiring Leadership within the Early Childhood Care & Education" and will be facilitated by Susan MacDonald, M.Ed, the founder of Inspiring New ...

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Congratulations
29 April, 2015

Congratulations

  The following Kildare services have all completed the Síolta Quality Assurance Programme and have just been validated by the Early Years Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Science (pictured below)   Best Beginnings, Maynooth Busy Beavers, Castledermot Tiny Tots, Athy Tir Na nOg, Athy   The management and staff in these services have invested significant time and resources in reflecting on their practice and in producing portfolios of evidence to dem...

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HSE Child Safety Website
29 April, 2015

HSE Child Safety Website

    Child Safety - Preventing Unintentional Injuries   The HSE have developed a  Child Safety - Preventing Unintential Injuries website which aims to raise awareness of injury risks and offer advice which will help to keep children safe. There a huge range of safety topics to explore. Click here to visit the HSE Child Safety website         

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DCYA Announce €7 million in Capital Funding for Childcare Services
17 April, 2015

DCYA Announce €7 million in Capital Funding for Childcare Services

Wednesday 16th April 2015 Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €7 million for Early Years services. Minister Reilly stated: “I am happy to be in the position to announce a new scheme of capital funding for early years services. This demonstrates the on-going commitment of this Government to developing quality childcare provision in Ireland.” The Minister announced that €5 million...

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Aistear Síolta Practice Guide
12 March, 2015

Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

  The purpose of the Practice Guide is to support practitioners in using Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009a) and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) together to develop the quality of their curriculum and in doing so, to better support children’s learning and development. The Practice Guide is based on the understanding that settings are compliant with, or are working to become compliant with The Child Care (Pre-Scho...

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Better Start National Early Years Quality Development
18 February, 2015

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development

Introduction Better Start is a national initiative established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to bring an integrated national approach to supporting quality in Early Years Education and Care (ECEC) for children from birth to 6 years in Ireland. The new initiative will also provide a specialist on site mentoring service, the Better Start Quality Development Service. In the first year, priority will be given to larger, full day care services catering for 40+ children aged fr...

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