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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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
National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 
Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, yesterday announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017.
These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to placing a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.
Minister Zappone was speaking at the launch of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children  which revises and replaces the 2011 edition of the Children First Guidance. Oct 17 Children First
At the same launch, Tusla published an accompanying suite of Children First resource documents for those individuals and organisations who will acquire legal obligations under the Children First Act 2015. Tusla also launched a comprehensive 90 minute basic Children First training programme, to be universally available on line, free of charge. The Tusla suite of Children First resource materials and information on access to the e-learning module is available at www.tusla.ie.
Here is a list of training taking place in October any enquiries please contact the office on 051 295045.
An easy guide to understanding which childcare funding programmes are applicable to you and your child is now available Parents Guide
The info-graphic is interactive – just click on the flower heads which will link you to the relevant pages of the Affordable Childcare and DCYA website.
A training calendar was sent out to all childcare services in August, here is a copy of the calendar and if you are working in a childcare service please contact WCCC on 051 295045 if you are interested in participating on one of the courses.
Invitation to tender for the delivery of an onsite Early Years Care & Education Service
Clonea Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre (EROC)
Submission & Timeframe
For further information and to submit e- proposal, please contact Rose Murphy CEO, Waterford Childcare Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org / 051-295045.
The closing date for the submission of tender applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th September. A site visit will take place on Tuesday 12th and interviews on Thursday 14th September 2017.