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National Síolta Aistear Initiative Newsletter

The 3rd edition of the NSAI Newsletter, NSAI Newsletter April 2018  is now available.  It contains:

• Introduction to the new Aistear Coordinator
• Dispositions Tip Sheets
• Update on NSAI
• Information on Preschool to Primary School Transition Initiative

May 1st, 2018|Categories: News|

New publication to support children’s transition from Early Years to Primary School

We are delighted to bring you “Ambitions for Transitions:  A Guide to Support Every Child’s Progression from Early Years Services to Primary School”.

Produced in partnership with ABC Start Right, Limerick Childcare Committee, Barnardos, Incredible Years Limerick, Tusla, Department of Education and Skills, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Social Services, six DEIS primary schools in Limerick and […]

April 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Distribution of AIM Inclusive Play

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs commenced distribution of AIM Inclusive Play on 9th April 2018.

Approximately 200 AIM Inclusive Play Packs will be delivered daily to ECCE settings nationwide.

For ECCE settings with multiple ECCE rooms, a maximum of three AIM Inclusive Play Packs will be distributed initially with remaining AIM Inclusive Play Packs […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: News|

Limerick Childcare Committee supports Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

This festival runs across Limerick City and County from Monday 19th March to Sunday 25th March.  To support the event, on Saturday 24th March at 10.30 a.m. in The Granary Library, Limerick Childcare Committee is presenting   ‘Let’s talk about…. Your Child’s Language Development’.  This informal event is open to parents/grandparents/guardians.

For further details see


March 15th, 2018|Categories: News|

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training Programme.

Training to support early years educators engage with “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education” is being delivered in Limerick on 24th February and 3rd March 2018.  Further details on our Training page.

February 9th, 2018|Categories: News|

Poison Prevention Guidelines

The Poisons Information Centre of Ireland has produced a very useful leaflet entitled ‘Poisons Prevention Guidelines’ which also advises what to do if you think your child has been poisoned.  See leaflet here.

February 8th, 2018|Categories: News|

Minister Bruton and Minister Zappone publish Review of Education-Focused Inspections of Early Years

The report draws from the findings of 867 inspections conducted nationally on providers delivering the state funded Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Preschool Programme. These inspections were undertaken to specifically evaluate the quality of children’s learning and development within these settings.

Key insights:

Almost all Early Years services provide warm, welcoming and safe environments […]

February 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|

Government to provide additional funding of €3.2 million for pre-school supports for children with a disability

Minister Zappone has announced funding of €3.2 million for the latest addition to the suite of pre-school supports for children with a disability provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM).

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials, also support […]

January 16th, 2018|Categories: News|

Limerick leads the way in Outdoor Play

Limerick Childcare Committee, in partnership with Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee and Limerick City and County Council, has awarded a tender to Early Childhood Ireland for the Provision of Mentoring Support to Early Years and After School Settings in Outdoor Play in Limerick City and County.  Early Childhood Ireland is the national organisation […]

January 15th, 2018|Categories: News|

Children First Act 2015 – Q & A

The National Early Years Children First Office has produced a very useful Q & A document on the Children First Act 2015.  Document can be downloaded here.

January 12th, 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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