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
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.
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:
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.
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|The Workhouse, Greenway Visitor Center, Union Road, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford X42K593|
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.