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Registering School Aged Childcare with Tusla
20 March, 2019

Registering School Aged Childcare with Tusla

School Aged Childcare Services should be aware that they are required to register with Tusla by May 2019. We are happy to provide information and support with this: email fidelma@kccc.ie See the following for more information: - Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018 - Frequently Asked Questions - School Aged Childcare Policies Registration Checklist - Childcare Regulations 2018

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Launch of new National Childcare Scheme
11 March, 2019

Launch of new National Childcare Scheme

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today launched the new National Childcare Scheme. Speaking at the launch, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Minister said: "The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. Through this entitlement, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children's outcomes, support lifelong learning, reduce child p...

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First Aid Responder (FAR) Funding 2019
06 March, 2019

First Aid Responder (FAR) Funding 2019

First Aid Responder Training A 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.   To easily cla...

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Free Parenting Talks
25 February, 2019

Free Parenting Talks

This series of Parenting Talks has been organised by Kildare Library Service with support from the following agencies and organisations: HSE Primary Care Psychology Team, TUSLA Child and Family Agency, Kildare Youth Service, Kildare County Childcare Committee, HSE health promotion unit and is funded by Kildare County Council. Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to boo...

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Minister Zappone Welcomes Commencement of School Age Childcare Regulations
18 February, 2019

Minister Zappone Welcomes Commencement of School Age Childcare Regulations

Monday 18th February 2019 Regulations requiring the registration of school-age childcare services came into effect today, 18th February 2019. Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare. Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration...

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Launch of our Childcare Needs Analysis report
12 February, 2019

Launch of our Childcare Needs Analysis report

  KCCC launched our Childcare Needs Analysis report for Co Kildare yesterday in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge The report, which was conducted by independent researcher, Ann Clarke, was commissioned by the Kildare County Childcare Committee in 2018 with funding support by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.   The Childcare Needs Analysis report examined childcare needs in Co Kildare from the perspective of children, parents, childcare services and childmin...

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Early Years and School Age Capital 2019
31 January, 2019

Early Years and School Age Capital 2019

Extra spaces and fire-safety priorities for Childcare Investment in 2019 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the priorities for 2019’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes. The Minister has secured €9m for capital grants across 2019. The budget for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes has been set at €6.106m. A further announcement with details of an additional ...

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Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for  Babies, Young Children and their Families
19 November, 2018

Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families

  19th November 2018 The Government has today unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families. The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver: 1.    A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring 2.    A new model of parenting support  3.    New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce&...

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