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Minister Zappone announces change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectors

Minister Zappone announces change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectorsdcyalogo
 
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has today (Friday 2nd February, 2018) announced that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency and the INMO (representing Public Health Nurses) have reached an agreement at the Labour Court regarding the future recruitment of Early Years Inspectors within Tusla. Tusla is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.  
 
To date, EY Inspector positions have required candidates to be registered as a Public Health Nurse and hold a QQI Level 9 qualification (Masters Level). Changes to the Early Years Care and Education sector in recent years and the increasing professionalisation of that workforce had led to calls for a broadening of eligibility to the post of Early Years Inspector. The recent Labour Court recommendation will allow various professions to apply for these posts, including for the first time graduates from Early Years Care and Education, as well as candidates with suitable qualifications in social care, social work, psychology and education. 20% of the childcare workforce now holds a degree. 
 
Minister Zappone welcomed the Labour Court recommendation saying:- 
“This development reflects the on-going professionalisation of the Early Years sector. The broadening of criteria for the recruitment of Inspectors will complement and strengthen the great work that Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has been progressing in recent years. The last 18 months has seen massive steps forward in our goal to transform childcare in Ireland. I welcome the recommendation of the Labour Court and recognise that it marks another milestone in the professionalisation of the sector and the development of high quality, accessible services for children and families.” 
 
Minister Zappone secured an increase of 7% in capitation to providers of the free pre-school scheme or ECCE in the recent budget, which commences this September. Further increases are available for services that complete training as part of the Minister’s initiative to make childcare services more accessible to children with disabilities (AIM). An Independent Review into the Cost of Delivery of Quality Childcare is currently underway by Crowe Howarth.

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2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released ‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’ Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released
‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’
Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the publication of application guidelines for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes. These guidelines are to assist providers in making their applications, including a detailed breakdown of funding streams and information on how to apply. This follows the general announcements of programme details made in 2017.

The Early Years and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from Monday February 12th and close on Friday March 9th. Further information on the programmes and information on how to make an application is available to providers through the Pobal Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). In addition, providers interested in making an application are encouraged to contact their local City/Country Childcare Committee (CCC) for advice and support.

In order to streamline the application process, early years and school age childcare providers will apply for funding using a single application form on PIP.

Extensive details of the below strands of funding are also included in the guidelines released today:
· Strand 1: Early Years Expansion/New
· Strand 2: Early Years Essential Building Maintenance (Community services only)
· Strand 3: Early Years Natural Outdoor Play Area
· Strand 4: School Age Expansion/New
· Strand 5: School Age Essential Building Maintenance & Quality (Community services only)

Capital 2018 Applicant Guidelines

The timeline for the Early Years and School Age Capital 2018 programmes is as follows:

Actions Key Dates
Application Guidelines 31st January 2018
Go live date for applications 12th February 2018
Closing date for applications 9th March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes Issued by end of May 2018

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2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released ‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’ Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released
‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’
Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the publication of application guidelines for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes. These guidelines are to assist providers in making their applications, including a detailed breakdown of funding streams and information on how to apply. This follows the general announcements of programme details made in 2017.

The Early Years and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from Monday February 12th and close on Friday March 9th. Further information on the programmes and information on how to make an application is available to providers through the Pobal Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). In addition, providers interested in making an application are encouraged to contact their local City/Country Childcare Committee (CCC) for advice and support.

In order to streamline the application process, early years and school age childcare providers will apply for funding using a single application form on PIP.

Extensive details of the below strands of funding are also included in the guidelines released today:
· Strand 1: Early Years Expansion/New
· Strand 2: Early Years Essential Building Maintenance (Community services only)
· Strand 3: Early Years Natural Outdoor Play Area
· Strand 4: School Age Expansion/New
· Strand 5: School Age Essential Building Maintenance & Quality (Community services only)

Capital 2018 Applicant Guidelines

The timeline for the Early Years and School Age Capital 2018 programmes is as follows:

Actions Key Dates
Application Guidelines 31st January 2018
Go live date for applications 12th February 2018
Closing date for applications 9th March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes Issued by end of May 2018

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Supporting Families Workshop Series 2018 - Leap

LEAP IRELAND is holding two Supporting Families Workshops
in CHO Area 8 during February in the following venues:
https://www.leapireland.com/supporting-families-workshop-series-2018/

21st February 'Creating a Good Life' Workshop,leap ireland logo

This Workshop is for parents of children aged 6-12 years
HSE Offices, The Business Park, Hale Street, Ardee, County Louth
10am to 4pm.
Contact Person: Patricia Bannon
Phone: 041 6871510/087 1208670Supporting Families Workshop Series 2018

22nd February 'Enabling Good Lives' Workshop,
This Workshop is for parents of children aged 12-18 years
HSE Primary Care Centre, Harbour Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath
10am - 4pm.
Contact Person: Patricia Bannon
Phone: 041 6871510/ 087 1208670

To make a booking please phone Patricia Bannon at the HSE above.
For Family Workshops topics covered include:
• Getting clear on what you want
• Having high expectations of your son/daughter
• Believing in the natural authority of families
• Thinking about valued roles
• Investing in a life in community
• Self-Directed Living
• Individual Lifestyle Development
• Connecting with others – building allies

This workshop will help families to be clearer on how to move deliberately in the direction of their dreams. We will share practical examples of how to break down steps for planning a good life – whether the goal is inclusion in your school, community or local groups or pursuing interests, gifts and talents.

What people have said about these workshops:
“Today was fantastic – the most enjoyable workshop in years. Both of you made it so very practical.”
“Thought provoking. Should be mandatory training for families and professionals.”
“Thank you for today, my husband and I feel that we have gained so much from the workshop that we can use going forward. It was so worth the journey.”

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Opening Statement by Minister Dr Katherine Zappone - Meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Opening Statement by Minister Dr Katherine Zappone
Meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
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Minsiter Dr. Katherine Zappone met this morning with the Joint Oireachtas Committee to update the members of this committee on the progress made in the development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme and, importantly, on the success of the measures implemented by my department since September to improve access to affordable, quality childcare.

She gave an update on the following areas:

  • Making Childcare More Affordable
  • Making Childcare More Accessible
  • Update on the development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme
  • Legislative Progress
  • ICT Development
  • Administrative and other components
  • Timeline for ACS

To read the statement in full on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website please click HERE

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