Always Children First

E-Learning : Introduction to Children First:   Everyone in the sector including all owners, boards of management and early years staff are being asked to complete this online course which provides introductory information on child protection and mandated reporting.  The E-learning course can be accessed through this link:


Always Children First Child Protection Training:   As you are aware, the full enactment of the Children First Act (2015) has resulted in significant changes for those employed in the Early Years Sector.  With a legal responsibility for organisations to have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place and the identification of those employed in Early Years Services as Mandated Persons, the Always Children First Foundation Module has been updated to reflect these and other important changes.  Staff from Kerry County Childcare Committee have completed their training and are delivering the updated module to Early Learning & Care & School Age Childcare Providers, in particular to Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP).

A prerequisite of attending this training is that participants have completed the Tusla E Learning Children First Programme and the Mandated Persons E Learning Programme, dated within the 12 months prior to the training date.  

Links to E-Learning programmes are below:

Children First can be accessed  here

Mandated Persons E-Learning Programme here


Workshop Dates:

Details of Always Children First workshops in Kerry can be found on our Childcare Providers Training page.

When you are booking your place please be aware that you are required to forward a copy of your certificates for the completed Tusla E-Learning Children First Programme and the Mandated Persons E Learning Programme


Children First National Guidance 2017

Below are 3 support documents developed for the Early Years when Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement. 

Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement – A Guide for Early Years Services in Ireland Feb 2018

Child Safeguarding Statement Template for Early Years Feb 2018

Responding to and Reporting a Child Protection or Welfare Concern Draft Policy for Early Years Services Feb 2018


Below is a useful resource for Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy

Developing a Child Protection & Welfare Policy: A Resource for Early Years Settings

Ráiteas um Chumhdach Leanaí á Fhorbairt


Children First Act 2015 – Questions and Answers for Early Years Services