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Update on new requirements for First Aid training

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:

Occupational First Aid Training South East

Contact:               John Doyle Tel:                         051 877354                                 086 8305475 Email:                    info@ofatse.com

First Aid & Medical Training Services

Contact:               Denise Kelly Tel:                         086 8474444 Email:                    denisefirstaid@gmail.com

LCE Training Academy

Contact:               Roisin McGoldrick Address:              10B, Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road, Waterford, X91 YK73 Tel:                         051-364344 Email                     info@lce.ie Website:              http://www.lce.ie/

Lifesaver Trainer

Contact:            Michael Kinsella.                      087 2729794      Email:  lifesavertraining@hotmail.com



Child Protection and Welfare Training Autumn 2017 Schedule:


Child Protection and Welfare training for all practitioners (Always Children First Foundation training) will continue this autumn. This is a 6 hour training after which you are certified for 3 years.

Please request a training form from the office on 051 295045 to book your place. If you have completed Child Protection training with WCCC since 2014, you will be contacted directly regarding dates for refresher training.

Dates for Child Protection and Welfare Training Autumn 2017:

Waterford City- VENUE TBC Tues 12th and Tuesday 19th September 6.30-9.30pm both nights

Dungarvan- VENUE TBC Monday 13 November and Tuesday 14 November 6.30-9.30pm both nights

#Kindness Waterford – A well being conference.

On Saturday 10th June Woodlands Hotel, Waterford:
Details have been sent to all services (and are on our Facebook page) of our upcoming conference on 10th June in Woodlands Hotel.
We have a packed schedule of workshops and speakers all related to Wellbeing of young Children. We also look at taking care of the Practitioner through Resilience and Mindfulness too!
Click Here for 
Conference Agenda and Booking Form Book direct with WCCC. Cost is €10 per participant and organisations pay a maximum of €30 for every 6 participants- Please note: this group of 6 can also include parents from your service who are interested in coming along with you so please spread the word and take advantage of this great opportunity
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information and updates

Please book early to guarantee a place. Contact us on 051 295045 for more details and keep an eye on Facebook page.

New AIM applications are now open

Childcare Providers may now apply for AIM supports for children in their service. AIM supports are individualised to a child in a service, so if the child is moving to a service who was previously in receipt of AIM support, it is necessary for the new service to reapply for AIM support.  Services  can apply through PIP in the usual way.

WCCC, Better Start and HSE will host information sessions in the City and Dungarvan as listed below :

Waterford Viking Hotel, Cork Rd, Waterford

Tuesday 6th June from 07.30 to 09.00 pm

Park Hotel, Dungarvan

Thursday 8th June from 7.30 to 09.00 pm

Parents are also invited to the information sessions.

Childminding Development Grant 2017.

Applications are now open for the Childminding Development Grant 2017.


Parents Childminding Survey

Childminding Ireland are conducting a Parents Childminding Survey as part of the work being undertaken by the Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector.

This Working Group was commissioned by Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

This survey is to ensure that parent’s views are included in the decision making, shaping the future of Childminding in Ireland.


NEW WEBSITE: Affordable Childcare Website Launched (ACS)**

NEW WEBSITE: Affordable Childcare Website Launched (ACS)**

DCYA have just launched it’s website on the introduction of Affordable Childcare for September 2017. The website includes information for early childcare providers, including eligibility and rates.


Tusla – New Complaint process

Please find below the link for the new complaints process which was uploaded on the Early Years Inspectorate, Tusla site on 10th April.

Tusla will only be dealing with complaints relevant to the childcare regulations.


The School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2017 is now open.

The School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2017 is now open.

The programme opens for applications today, Friday 7th April and will close for applications at 3pm on Friday 5th May 2017.

Please refer to Application Guidelines and How to Guide when you log onto your PIP portal.

Early Years Capital applications deadline 21st April, 2017.

Early Years Capital applications

Applications must be uploaded to PIP by 3p.m. on Friday 21 April. See below for further details.


Early Years Capital Funding

Applications for the 2017 round of capital funding are now open.

There are three strands of funding:

  • Service expansion for 0-3 year olds
  • Building improvements and Maintenance – community services only
  • Natural Outdoor Play Space

There are varying criteria for each of the strand, all of which are itemised on the guidelines which we have attached to the email. The guidelines can also be found on PIP.

Applications are done through PIP.

In order to apply for any of the strands you must:

  • Have a PIP account
  • Be registered with Tusla
  • Be tax compliant
  • Receive funding from one of the childcare programmes. The programme list is different for each strand so check the guidelines.

The PIP system will not let you apply if you don’t meet the basic criteria above.