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Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings

AIM LogoUniversal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all universal design guidelinespeople regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

On 10th June 2019, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, launched the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings. These guidelines are an important step in making all Early Learning and Care services accessible to all children. This publication offers guidance on the refurbishment, renovation and building of centres for Early Learning and Care in Ireland.

 

http://aim.gov.ie/universal-design-guidelines-for-elc-settings/

 

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Compliance visits over the summer months

The Pobal Compliance team will continue to conduct unannounced visits to services that are operational over the summer months as per the service calendars uploaded to PIP for the PobalLogo

2018/2019 programmes cycle.

For those services still operating, please ensure that all records relating to other programmes which may have ceased for the summer months (e.g. ECCE) are also available for review during such visits.

The Service Provider Compliance 2018/2019 checklist should assist in collating the relevant information that forms part of the compliance checks.

In addition, it is essential that all Roll books /Attendance records and fee records where applicable are accessible, as the information contained within will also form part of the compliance checks.

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Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on regulations and quality improvement frameworks for School Age Childcare

Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on regulations and quality improvement frameworks for School Age Childcare 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Thursday 20th June 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs this morning launched an Open Policy Debate on the future development of regulations and a quality improvement framework for School Age Childcare in Ireland.

The focus of today’s debate is on development of full regulations and inspection of school age services in the future and how this might look. The Department is undertaking an extensive consultation in line with its commitment in the Action Plan for School Age Childcare.

This is part of a range of measures to engage with stakeholders on this issue. As well as the Open Policy Debate, a public consultation survey and call for submissions are available online on the Department's website and open until 5th July. The Minister has called on all of those with an interest in School Age Childcare to participate in the online survey or to make a submission on the matter.

To open the discussion there are inputs from a number of speakers on the current and future regulatory context of School Age Childcare Services, draft standards for school age childcare, a children's consultation on afterschool care and a comparison with other jurisdictions. Participants include school age childcare providers, Tusla - the Child and Family Agency, the community and voluntary sector, representative groups including organisations representing, parents and children's rights.

The Minister said: “In setting regulations for School Age Childcare, children’s health, safety and wellbeing must come first. Regulation of School Age Childcare is also essential to allow providers to participate in the National Childcare Scheme. Although we have been discussing School Age Childcare for some time in Ireland, we are in the very early stages of actioning the necessary steps. It is vital that we gain the views of key stakeholders in order to find out what, will work best for children, families and for school age childcare providers.”

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AIM Inclusive Play Information Guide

AIM Inclusive Play is the latest addition to the suite of supports provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). AIM Inclusive Play information guide

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of sensory and educational play resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. This guide supports the appropriate and effective use of these resources.

AIM Inclusive Play Information Guide

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Programme Support Payment Closing Date: 21st June

PSP - Closing date reminder PobalLogo
 
Reminder to all providers that the window for applying for Programme Support Payments closes next Friday 21 June 2019 at 3pm.
 
Providers are reminded that no late applications for PSP will be admitted past this date, under any circumstances.

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