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.
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: email@example.com
First Aid & Medical Training Services
Contact: Denise Kelly Tel: 086 8474444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Michael Kinsella. 087 2729794 Email: email@example.com
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
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.
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 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.