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Limerick Parenting Calendar Jan-Jun 2019

The Limerick Parenting Calendar, January to June 2019 has been collated through submissions from Parenting Limerick partners and other stakeholders. All programmes listed fulfil the function of supporting parents in their role as a parent.  It is available to download here.

The purpose of collating the Limerick Parenting Calendar is to have a schedule of parenting […]

January 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) for children with disabilities

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to promote inclusion and to ensure that children with disabilities can meaningfully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) free pre-school programme in mainstream pre-school settings.  AIM is a child-centred model, offering a range of universal and targeted supports. It offers […]

January 10th, 2019|Categories: News|

Registration of School Age Childcare Services

On the 27th December, Minister Zappone signed the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018, enabling school age childcare services to register with Tusla. Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming Affordable […]

January 9th, 2019|Categories: News|

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 Launched

Minister Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017-2018, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the early years sector, with responses from a total of 3,928 childcare services (88% of childcare facilities) providing significant […]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: News|

Limerick Childcare Committee has signed up to “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick”

We’re Breastfeeding Friendly is a campaign that aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of breastfeeding mothers, babies and their families by encouraging businesses, organisations and communities to become ‘Breastfeeding Friendly’.

Participating organsiations must fulfill certain criteria.

Breastfeeding must be acceptable in all areas of the premises open to the public.
All staff members and volunteers […]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: News|

A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018-2019

This publication from Dublin City Childcare Committee is now available to download on our Parents page.

September 28th, 2018|Categories: News|

The Inspectorate at the Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published ‘A Guide to Early Years Education Inspections (EYEI)’ which outlines how they conduct inspections in early years settings and is effective from 1 September 2018.  Download the publication here.

September 17th, 2018|Categories: News|

Tusla Inspection Reports

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate is now publishing inspection reports on the Tusla website, and they are no longer available on the Pobal website.

It is important to note that only Inspection Reports arising from inspection under the Childcare Act (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, which commenced on 30th June 2016, will be published. In cases where a service has not […]

July 17th, 2018|Categories: News|

HSE launches ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’

This resource has been developed in response to research with parents of young children, which finds that they want additional support to help them to have more open conversations with their children about relationships, sexuality and growing up from a young age. It will support parents to talk to their younger children about relationships and […]

July 12th, 2018|Categories: News|

Parent & Toddler Group Grant

Applications for funding are invited from existing Parent & Toddler Groups as well as new set-ups.

For enquiries, or to request an application form, please contact Niamh on 061 600918 or email

Closing date for receipt of completed applications (hard copy only) is Friday, 29th June.

June 14th, 2018|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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