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Information Note for Early Years Service Providers

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), to ensure a coordinated approach to early years quality in Ireland. It encompasses the broad suite of quality supports provided under DCYA through City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) and Voluntary Childcare Organisations to the Early Years Education and Care (ECEC) providers throughout the country, to enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children they serve. The Better Start Quality Development Service is an additional resource to support and drive quality improvement. The Quality Development Service will operate on a national, rather than regional or county basis.

Please see the attached pdfs further information about Better Start for parents and for childcare services.

Booklet on the Peoples Park in Waterford CityWaterford Nature Park


Since 2010, the Longford-Westmeath Parenting Partnership has been delivering the Triple P parenting programme across the two counties. The results have just been published of a major evaluation of the programme, which has demonstrated positive benefits both for children and for parents.

Triple P Briefing Report

Early years services need to be seen as providing a public service, not as private businesses, according to a new report from Start Strong

Childcare a Business or Profession

Health Promotion Training

Health Promotion training is an essential part of the work of the Health Promotion team, the following prospectus contains a brief description of the training courses available in 2015.

HPD Training Prospectus 2015 (2)

Food Safety

E coli – How to protect the children in your care.   E.coli in creche FINAL 2014

Barnardos Publication

Community Involvement: A Guide for Early Years Educators.

This free booklet outlines the benefits of community involvement for young children in early years settings and addresses some of the practical approaches that you, as an educator, can implement within your service.
You can download this booklet A Guide for Early Years Education  or order hard copies from resources@barnardos.ie

Children and the Outdoors

The principal objective of this research project is to review existing research and relevant literature around contact with the outdoors and natural heritage for children aged 5 to 12, from the perspective of children’s rights to education, health and wellbeing. This includes analysing current trends and identifying gaps in the research on this subject, particularly in the Irish context. Children and the Outdoors

Supporting Young Children’s Behaviour Skills is available from Barnardos at a cost of €25. http://www.barnardos.ie/resources

Outdoor Play Matters – The Benefits of Outdoor Play for Young Children.

This booklet is for parents of young children up to the age of six, although most of the information applies to children of all ages. It highlights the benefits of outdoor play and shows how playing outside supports your child’s development. Barnardos_Oudoor Play Matters

After School Providing an Inspirational After School Programme of Activities for 4-12 Year Olds  Price: €25.00

After School: Providing an Inspirational After School Programme of Activities for 412 Year Olds is for anyone who is interested in promoting the wellbeing, learning and development of children who spend any part of their time in after school services on a regular basis. The main focus of this publication is to enhance understanding of what children of this age need in after school settings and to support those delivering services to meet those needs through a high quality programme of activities. 

Your Young Child’s Behaviour

This booklet is for parents of young children up to the age of six. It aims to give you a better understanding of your child’s behaviour and what it is that your child is trying to communicate through their behaviour. It also offers skills which you might find helpful in managing how your child behaves.  Being a parent is one of the most important jobs we can do, but it can also be one of the most difficult and we have all had times when we are frustrated, confused and stressed by our child’s behaviour. With your support and encouragement, your child will learn the skills they need to manage their emotions and behaviour. Free.

Quality Adult-Child Interactions in Early Years Services Research on quality provision in the early years and positive outcomes for children has led to an increasing recognition of the central role of relationships and interactions between practitioners and children. This book aims to support early childhood practitioners to explore current theory and best practice on the central core role of their profession: relationships and interactions, quite simply on ‘being with’ young children. It will guide practitioners in their day-to-day practice and can be used as a tool for continuing professional development. http://www.barnardos.ie/resources-advice/publications/publications-to-buy/quality-adult-child-interactions-in-early-years-services.html.   Cost €25 plus P&P


The mobile phone and camera toolkit helps services with best practice policies and procedures in managing the risks associated with the use of mobile phones and cameras within the setting.

 A Mobile Phone and Camera Toolkit for Early Years Settings

The e-safety and social media toolkit is especially important for services who regularly interact with different social media. It will provide guidance on the best practice for managing the risks associated with e-safety through policies and procedures. It also discusses the ethical considerations of interacting with social media and considerations practitioners should have on behalf of the children they work with.

An e-Safety and Social Media Toolkit

“Better Outcomes Brighter Futures” The National policy framework for children’s and young Peoples”.  Launched by Minister Francis Fitzgerald in April, 2014. http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=3146&ad=1

“Right from the Start” Report of the Expert Group on Early Years Strategy Launched by Minister Francis Fitzgerald in April, 2014  http://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/policy/RightFromTheStart.pdf

National Early Years Strategy: Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life. http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/lit_num_strategy_full.pdf

Tusla: The Child and Family Agency was established on the 1st January, 2014 and is now the dedicated State Agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.  http://www.tusla.ie/

Children First: Ireland’s National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.


 Child Protection Welfare and Practice Handbook: The Handbook, which is based on the protocols as set out in Children First Guidance 2011 will support the vital work of social workers and other relevant practitioners in dealing with child protection and welfare cases.


Publications and research findings from ‘Growing up in Ireland’ national longitudinal study of children.   http://www.growingup.ie/index.php?id=7

Shaping our Future: Start Strong Submission to National Early Years Strategy. http://www.startstrong.ie/

Report Card 2014: Is Government keeping its promises to Children?: Children’s Rights Alliance.


A Guide to Children’s EU Rights in Ireland: Children’s Rights Alliance.http://childrensrights.ie/sites/default/files/submissions_reports/files/GuideChildrenEURightsIreland1213.pdf

Evaluation of the impact of the National Childminding Initiative. An evaluation on the National Childminding Initiative was carried out by Waterford City and Co CCs and the HSE in 2010 and launched in 2011. The report was researched and written by Dr Mary Daly was launched by Fiona McDonnell of the National Policy Unit, HSE. Copies of the report are available from the office of the Waterford Childcare Committee.

A Workforce Development Plan for the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland. To view please click below  Workforce Development Plan Dec 2010