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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|

Capital funding announced for Early Years and School Age childcare services

Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.  The Minister also confirmed that applications will open in February 2018 to ensure children of all ages will benefit as soon as possible.

see http://www.limerickchildcare.ie/providers/funding/ for […]

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|

Treoir do Thuismitheoirí maidir le Cláir Náisiúnta Mhaoinithe um Chúram Leanaí 2017/2018

Tá áthas orainn an foilsiú seo a thabhairt díobh as Gaeilge, buíochas len ár gcairde i Dublin City Childcare Committee. Tá súil againn go mbeidh sé úsáideach díobh.  Faigh anseo.

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate issues its first newsletter

Click here to read the first edition of Tusla’s Early Years Newsletter issued to registered childcare providers this month.

November 13th, 2017|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 in November.  Further details on our Training page.

November 9th, 2017|Categories: News|

National Síolta Aistear Initiative Newsletter

In the 2nd edition of this national newsletter, practitioners from Stepping Stones Pre-School in Bruree give their comments on ‘Introducing the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide’, a workshop facilitated by Limerick Childcare Committee which they attended in May this year.  Read their comments and more in NSAI Newsletter

November 8th, 2017|Categories: News|

Minister Zappone launches 2016-2017 Early Years Sector Profile

Report provides insight into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages

Developed by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Thursday 26th October 2017: Minister Katherine Zappone today launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016-2017 developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The report, which presents an overview of the […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: News|

More Affordable Childcare starts now!

Since September 2017, EVERY FAMILY is eligible for financial childcare support for ANY child aged between 6 – 36 months, in full or part-time Tusla-registered childcare.  And thousands more can receive further support for children up to age 15 years.

Here are the main changes to the current subsidised scheme:

Universal subsidy (not means-tested)

A new universal […]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator Increased ECCE Capitation FAQs

The application process for the increased capitation relating to LINC will be open for applications from 9.00am Friday 13th October 2017.  Applications must be made electronically via the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP), and include a unique Graduate ID issued by Mary Immaculate College and a signed Inclusion Coordinator Declaration and Consent Form.

If you have any […]

October 11th, 2017|Categories: News|

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017) available to download

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was first published in 1999 and was revised and updated a number of times, most recently in 2011. The principles and substance of this document (2017) are unchanged from the earlier editions. The guidance is intended to assist people in recognising child abuse and […]

October 3rd, 2017|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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