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  4.    Reform of the Early Le...

The Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, launched the Quality and Regulatory Framework on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 in Dublin.   The Early Years Inspectorate has developed a Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to support registered Early Years Services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practic...

Learner Fund Bursary

  Learner Fund Bursary has re-opened to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and was achieved in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, or in the 2017/2018 academic year. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750. Kildare County Childcare Committees (KCCC) will ...

LINC Increased ECCE Capitation Application Process Open

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) 2018/2019 Increased ECCE Capitation Application Process Open The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2018/2019 pre-school year is now open. To apply a service provider, must be or employ a graduate from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in Early Years Programme who has agreed to take on the role and responsibilities o...

Pre-school Inspection Reports

  Tusla Early Years Inspectorate  are now publishing inspection reports on their website   It is important to note that only Inspection reports arising from inspection under the Childcare Act (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, which commenced on 30th June 2016, will be published. In cases where a service has not yet had an inspection under the 2016 Regulations, then the next most recent report will be published.  The process of uploading the reports is ongoing and will be complete at the...

KCCC wish to recruit an Administration Officer.

The ideal candidate should meet the following requirements which are considered essential:   REQUIREMENTS   Professional A relevant professional qualification and a minimum of 4 + years’ recent experience in a professional setting. Outstanding administrative skills and experience. Experience and knowledge of the non-profit / charities sector and working for a Board of Directors Proficient in minute-taking Computer literacy and proficient in basic IT systems   (Microsoft Office, Dropbox,...

Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care

Institute of Technology Carlow in conjunction with Kildare County Childcare Committee will be offering a Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care starting in Carlow in September 2018 This Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme is designed for those who hold a FULL QQI Level 6 major award in childcare and who are working full-time in the sector with at least 3 years full time experience and 7 places are available at a cost of just €1200 thanks to funding from Skillnets. I...

Free Online Training for Childminders

    Background:   Early Childhood Ireland is seeking participants to pilot and evaluate an open online course developed for Childminders. For the past year, Early Childhood Ireland has been involved in a European project with four other partners from Greece, Italy, Slovakia and Spain, called Child in Mind. The overall goal is to address the gap in the availability of educational resources for Childminders. In addressing this gap, we aim to create a flexible pathway to learning for Childminders, having a positive i...
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19 November, 2018

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

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08 October, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019

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03 October, 2018

The Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)

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13 September, 2018

National Play Day 2018 - Kildare

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10 August, 2018

Learner Fund Bursary

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