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Date announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015

Date announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015

Statement by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Monday 2nd October 2017

Childrens first guidelines

Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017.

These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to placing a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Minister Zappone was speaking at the launch of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2017] which revises and replaces the 2011 edition of the Children First Guidance. 

The Minister stated: “By announcing a date of full commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 on 11th December, I am fulfilling a longstanding Government commitment in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse.” She added: “While I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge for individuals and organisations to comply with their responsibilities under the Children First Act, I believe our children deserve no less. The comprehensive range of resources being launched today, are intended to help them in their preparations to discharge these responsibilities”.

The Minister acknowledged and commended all those who work so hard to make sure that every child they interact with is cared for, supported and protected. She said “Practitioners in the professional and voluntary sectors, medical professionals, Gardai, youth workers, teachers, and coaches all over Ireland have already adopted and applied best practice in child protection. These people already implement Children First in full and understand their duty to keep children safe.”

“We must continually do our utmost to protect children and young people from harm and assist them in achieving their full potential and I want to encourage and support people who work with children to continue to do so. I hope that families, communities and those who work with children will find the revised Children First Guidance a practical and supportive reference resource, together with the resource documents now being made available by Tusla”.

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

AIM LogoPIP Announcement - AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator – Increased ECCE Capitation

Please find attached Frequently Asked Questions  a document in relation to the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator in the ECCE rooms of their ECCE setting.

Any queries in relation to the attached document should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Extra Childcare Supports Begin Up to 70,000 children and their families now have access to supports Over 75% of eligible services sign up with numbers continuing to rise

dcyalogoExtra childcare supports are now available for up to 70,000 children and their families.

The start of supports today marks the first big step towards delivering accessible affordable quality childcare, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Speaking at the Tallaght Childcare Centre, Minister Zappone also confirmed that the number of providers signing up to deliver the extra supports continues to rise. 2,805 providers are now on board representing 76% of eligible services (3,705).

Minister Zappone added:

“I want to send best wishes, support and congratulations to children starting childcare services across the country in the coming days.

It is a big moment for children, parents and providers. I wish them all well.

Today we also take the first big step towards accessible affordable quality childcare with extra supports for up to 70,000 children. There are two supports:
· a universal support for all children aged between 6 and 36-months worth up to €1,040 per year
· targeted supports for those families who need it most. These targeted supports can reach €7,500 per child per year – representing a 50% increase on previous supports.

I want to acknowledge the great work undertaken by my officials, Pobal and providers over many months to bring us to this moment.

The sector has responded positively with three quarters of eligible providers already signed up to deliver supports – a figure which continues to increase as services return from the summer break.

The names of signed up services will now be placed online at www.affordablechildcare.ie and will be updated on a regular basis. This will assist parents in accessing the supports put in place by government to lower the cost of childcare for families in Ireland.

In recognition of the extra administrative work services have undertaken I will be making an extra payment of €3.5m available before the end of the year – bringing the total for such payments in 2017 to an unprecedented €18m.

I note early indications that the vast majority of services are not increasing fees and welcome this. This is something my Department will continue to monitor in the coming weeks and months.
While there is no evidence of subsidies being abused – if action is required I will act.

In addition in the coming weeks an Independent Review of the Cost of Childcare will commence. It also has a tight timeline and will report back in ten-months, in time to inform decisions around Budget 2019.

As Minister I have always been clear. Our childcare goals are ambitious. They have to be if we are to correct decades of under-investment. Much more investment is needed in order to secure our goals. In the coming weeks I will be working with parents, providers and Government colleagues to ensure investment continues in Budget 2018 and beyond.”

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