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Consultation request from Education and Training Boards on new programmes of Early Learning and Care

In 2019 QQI published Professional Award-type Descriptors for Early Learning and Care (ELC) awards which, for the first time, has set out the standards required for ELC awards at levels 5, 6, 7 and 8. As a result of this development the current QQI Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) awards at Levels 5 and […]

November 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services

Minister O’Gorman today launched the National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services. Read the guidelines here.

September 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary 2020

The DCYA has announced this year’s Learner Fund Graduate Bursary. Full details here.

September 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

Child Safeguarding – Information for Parents

The National Early Years Children First Committee have developed an information leaflet for parents. The purpose of the leaflet is to outline what parents can expect in relation to Child Safeguarding from Early Learning and Care services.  You can download the leaflet here.

July 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

Minister announces funding package for reopening of childcare services

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone today announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June. Details can be downloaded: Press Release – Funding Model 10 June 2020

Reopening Funding Package for Childcare Services FAQ v1

June 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

New applications for Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) support for 2020/21 are now open

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports to enable children with a disability to meaningfully participate in the ECCE pre-school programme. Parents/carers/legal guardians and pre-school providers make AIM applications jointly, through an on-line system. Applications for the 2020/2021 pre-school year are now open. Further details here.

June 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers

Today Minister Zappone announced a Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers due to commence on 18th May in line with Phase 1 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The document Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers – FAQ V.1 contains questions and answers relevant to both parents and childcare service providers.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

COVID-19 Illustration for Children

You may find COVID-19 illustrated explanation for children helpful in discussing the virus with your children

March 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Covid-19 Statement from Taoiseach on 12th March 2020

Please read taoiseach-covid19-statement with regard to the closure of childcare services.

March 12th, 2020|Categories: News|

Professional Responsibilities for Early Years Educators

Download “Code of Professional Responsibilities and Code of Ethics for Early Years Educators”, a publication from the Professionalisation Sub-Group of the Early Years Forum here.

January 31st, 2020|Categories: News|

Search for Childcare

Use this facility to search for a Childcare Service or Childminder in your area. You can also check which types of childcare are provided and if a service offers one or more of the government childcare schemes.

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ECCE Calculator

Use the ECCE Calculator to check if your child qualifies for the Free-School Year. All you need to do is enter your child’s date of birth and the calculator will tell you when your child will be eligible.

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