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.
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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.
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: email@example.com / 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.
Update on new requirements for First Aid training: Over the past 18 months the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has engaged with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to take control and responsibility for First Aid training. Occupational First Aid (OFA) training previously accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) will now be accredited by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). The new name for the First Aid course will be First Aid Responder (FAR) and it will be the recognised standard to meet the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.
First Aid Courses completed before 1 September 2017: The Health & Safety Authority will recognise Occupational First Aid Course (QQI 5N1207) certificates issued up to 31 August 2017 for the full two year duration of the certificate. Any refresher certificate issued by a recognised training provider issued up to 31st August 2017 will also be recognised by the HSA for the full two year duration of the certificate. For people who have the old Occupational First Aid certificate, once they do the re certifying FAR course they will automatically get a new FAR certificate for two years.
Meeting the requirements of Childcare Regulations: As we understand it there are no recognized stand-alone paediatric courses in Ireland. So when completing the First Aid Responder (FAR) course, the instructor should cover the paediatric section of the course and provide written evidence to all childcare participants. This should be sufficient to cover the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. So from September 1st all First Aid training will be the 3 day FAR course which must include the paediatric section.
Details of the new FAR course: The new FAR course is 3 days in duration with a skills based and multiple choice assessments from the instructor. The course will have a maximum of 6 participants per instructor. This course will be required to be recertified after 2 years. The FAR refresher course will be a 2 day course.
Further information can be located on the PHECC website: https://www.phecit.ie and the health & Safety Authority website: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/First_Aid/First_Aid_Frequently_Asked_Questions/First_Aid_FAQ_Responses/First_Aid_FAQ_Responses.html
First Aid Trainers: The following First Aid Trainers have advised us that they are now registered as recognised institutions with Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) to deliver the First Aid Response (FAR) courses:
Contact: John Doyle Tel: 051 877354 086 8305475 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Aid & Medical Training Services
Contact: Denise Kelly Tel: 086 8474444 Email: email@example.com
Contact: Michael Kinsella. 087 2729794 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org