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Irish Independent: Shannon Airport becomes first European airport to have sensory room for people with autism.

How great to see an Irish airport leading the way by supporting families travelling with children that have autism. Shannon Airport is the first European airport to have a sensory room for people with autism. This will be a huge support for families flying with children that have sensory needs.

Shannon Airport becomes first European airport to have sensory room for people with autism.

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Primary school shake-up to focus on ‘play-led’ learning

Article in the Irish Times:
Primary school shake-up to focus on ‘play-led’ learning, Children would not study traditional subjects until aged 10, under new proposals.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has proposed reforms to primary schools which are based loosely on some of the features of top-performing education systems in countries such as Finland, as well as new research on how children learn.

To read the article in full please click on the link below.

www.irishtimes.com

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Expansion of criteria for the Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)

PobalLogoThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs has directed the expansion of criteria for the Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS) from the 27th of March 2017 to include parents attending secondary school.

This change means that parents attending secondary school are now entitled to receive childcare funding under the CETS programme.
Participants on the following education programmes are eligible to apply for CETS funding.
· CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses – (former FAS courses)
· CETS approved Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
· CETS approved Youthreach
· Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)
· Secondary School Students completing their Junior and/or Leaving Certificate

What a parent needs to apply:
· Child’s PPSN
· Child’s D.O.B
· Parent’s PPSN
· Parent’s D.O.B
· Stamped or headed paper letter of eligibility from relevant course provider/secondary school as proof of eligibility to apply for the CETS Programme.

If you have any queries please contact your local CCC.

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