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Three year strategy to promote the integration of migrants

Three-year strategy to promote the integration of migrants

The Waterford Local & Community Development Committee (LCDC) along with partner agencies, are preparing a three-year strategy to promote the integration of migrants who live and work in our city and county.   As part of this process, Dr Breandán Ó Caoimh and Margaret Ward have been engaged to independently undertake a survey, open to all, to measure attitudes to various nationalities, ethnic and social groups in Waterford.

Questionnaire for all Waterford residents on attitudes to Nationalities, Ethnic and Social Groups.  Please click here

Questionnaire for all migrants living in Waterford Links to Questionnaire: Please click here.

For a short-form version (useful if printing), please click here.


Liens vers le questionnaire :      Questionnaire pour les migrants (version française). Cliquez ici s’il vous plait.


Link do kwestionariusza :             Kwestionariusz dla migrantów w języku polskim: kliknij tutaj.

Saites uz aptaujas anketu:           anketas migrantiem: Lūdzu, klikšķiniet šeit.

Nuorodos į klausimyną:                migrantų klausimynas: spauskite čia.

All questionnaires are anonymous, and responses will be treated with complete confidentiality. You will not be identified in any way, and your participation is greatly appreciated.  Any questions or queries should be addressed to Dr Breandán Ó Caoimh, e-mail: BrendanOK7@gmail.com

If you chose to print the survey, please return the completed survey in a sealed envelope to:

Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge, Greenway Visitor Centre, Kilmacthomas. Co. Waterford


The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is now open!!!

The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is now open!!!
Please call 01-9068530
Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

If you have a specific query please email NCS@dcya.gov.ie or visit the website:



Parents Notice – School Age Childcare

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 must register their service if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.

Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18 May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18 August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

School-Age Childcare services that are registered will also be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme.

What is the National Childcare Scheme?

The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

For further information relating to the National Childcare Scheme please visit https://ncs.gov.ie/parent

Training on the National Childcare Scheme

Waterford Childcare Committees will commence delivering  on the 28th March. These sessions will cover the rules of the Scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for providers who choose to participate.
This training is available to the Owner/Manager of a Private Service and the Manager and a Director of the board of a community based service.

NCS Training Dungarvan 10/04/19  18:00 – 21.30
NCS Training Ramada Hotel 01/05/19 14:00 -17:30
NCS Training Dungarvan 15/05/19 18:00-21.30

To book your place please log onto www.ncs.gov.ie/i-am-a-provider. You can also book through this Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/waterford-childcare-committee-19733630185.  which will show you the dates for the Waterford sessions.

Expression of Interest for FAR Trainers

22nd February 2019

Expression of Interest for FAR Trainers

A new regulatory requirement for Early Years services will come into force from June 1st 2020.  From this date Tusla Early Years Inspectorate will require services to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25.


Regulation 25 states that there must be a person(s) who has undertaken the FAR (First Aid Response) by a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the service.

To support the Early Years sector meet this requirement, the DCYA has provided funding for services to claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training.

The funding for the training will be administered to the services by the local County Childcare Committees. To assist services in locating suitable training,   Waterford Childcare Committee is now looking for details of interested First Aid Instructors who are delivering FAR training in Waterford City & County.

To be eligible to deliver the training Instructors must:

  • Be suitably accredited with Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and include their PIN in the Expression of Interest.
  • Be tax compliant.


  • Arrange all aspects of the training.
  • Provide a certificate of completion and a receipt of payment.
  • Organise venue and location of training delivery.
  • Detail the Cost of training per participant.

If you are interested in delivering training to services in County Waterford please reply via email to Waterford Childcare Committee with details of the above by Friday 1st March 2019.


CCC Name:


Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge


The Workhouse, Greenway Visitor Center, Union Road, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford   X42K593


info@cccw.ie Telephone: 051 295 045

‘Having Fun with Irish Rhymes’

Having Fun with Irish Rhymes: Workshop exploring the Irish rhymes in Bróga Nua: Enjoying Irish with Young Children

 This workshop will assist early learning and care practitioners to introduce the Irish language with the use of simple action rhymes and songs. Workshop participants will be encouraged to join in simple games, action rhymes, and sing songs in Irish, e.g. Ring-a-Ring-a-Rósaí, Aon Dó, Muc is Bó etc. The workshop will integrate some elements of the HighScope Education Through Movement Programme and discuss the background to the research on early childhood bilingualism. It will provide simple tips and practical samples.

Frequent recitation and singing of rhymes and songs, in any language, has been proven to enhance children’s linguistic, cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development and consequently provide a strong start in life.

There is  no need to be an Irish Speaker to participate in this workshop…  To book your place please email info@cccw.ie

Irish Rhymes, young children, fun, music, learning

Sharing the Child’s Journey -‘Supporting every child’s participation in early years service through meaningful and respectful relationships

Childcare Services are invited to an event ‘Supporting every child’s participation in early years service through meaningful and respectful relationships’ on Saturday 24th November in the Greenway Manor Hotel Waterford.

To book please complete the booking form booking form

Topics include

Understanding challenging behaviour in children and how our own mindset and self-care can influence it – Dr. Jennifer Hayes, Principal Psychologist, HSE Social Inclusion Cork / Kerry

Insights from the Spaces of Hope, Lesvos Solidarity Camp   Lesvos, Greece-Imelda Graham Chairman of the National Childhood Network https://www.ncn.ie/ as well as workshops for childcare practitioners to particapte in that include:-

Earth Sounds Music Therapy-Introduction to a therapeutic group session which stimulates the body and the mind using musical instruments from around the world.

Using play as a medium when working with children who have experienced trauma

Introduction to Capacitar Wellness Programme-Origins and work of Capacitar, both worldwide and nationally. Practical wellness practices to complement work within childcare settings and participants own wellbeing. (Practical interactive session, comfortable clothing recommended)- Rose Swaine, Practicing Counsellor/Psychotherapist & member of the Board of directors -Capacitar Ireland.

 Is it OK to…?

A discussion on cultural appropriateness and working inclusively with families from different cultural backgrounds-Ann Nolan, Manager Waterford Integration Services for Humanity

A day not to be missed bookings to be made by Friday 16th November to Waterford Childcare Committee 051 295045 or email info@cccw.ie


DCYA Early Years Qualification Recognition Application Form

DCYA Early Years Qualification Recognition Application Form

DYCA has published a list of qualifications that meet the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland. The list can be viewed on the DYCA website Childcare Qualifications

AIM inclusive play website

AIM inclusive play website

This website supports your use of the resources in the AIM inclusive play pack. There are additional documents, videos and guides on the site which can be accessed here.

Launch of the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016 /2017

Minister Katherine Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016/2017. Link to Full Report here, which is developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs annually. Pobal took the opportunity to thank services for taking the time to complete and submit the survey. The report provides a rich source of data on the early years sector in Ireland in presenting an overview of the early years sector for the academic year 2016 / 2017. It is based on survey responses from 3,707 services across Ireland (84% of all childcare facilities) in May 2017 and information from the childcare ICT system (PIP). This report provides insight into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages nationally. County level information is available here