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NCCA Mo Scéal: Moving from Preschool to Primary

The NCCA Mo Scéal: Moving from Preschool to Primary templates are now available on-line at https://www.ncca.ie/en/early-childhood/mo-sc%C3%A9al (Go to ncca.ie/earlychildhood) Mo Scéal means ‘my story’ and the templates help to tell the story of the child’s learning and development. This information will be shared with parents and, with their consent, with the primary school. There is no requirement […]

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Hanen Teacher Talk Training

There will be a roll out of further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training in January partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Cork City, Letterkenny, Dublin West, Louth, […]

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Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families

The Government has today unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families. The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver: 1.    A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring 2.    A new model of parenting support 3.    New developments in […]

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New funding available to networks working to improve outcomes for children under the Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI)

Applications are now open for the new Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Network Support Fund Tuesday, 6 November 2018 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the launch of a “Network Support Fund”, a Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI) measure supported through Dormant […]

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New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019

Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children  Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers   Tuesday 6th November 2018 Minister […]

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Online ‘GDPR for Management’ training

As you are all aware, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 and all organisations are responsible for ensuring that they are meeting their obligations under the GDPR.  Of course, Data Protection legislation has been in force for quite some time and there is an […]

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‘One House’ model to ease trauma for children who have been sexually abused

Ministers announce pilot project for Galway Budget 2019 provides resources for new approach Joint Statement Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD Tuesday 30th October, 2018 Dr Katherine Zappone TD, the Minister for Children […]

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Budget 2019 Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

€89m increase for childcare …. •    Introduction of new Affordable Childcare Scheme •    Maximum Net Income Threshold increased by 26% from €47,500 to €60,000 per annum •    Changes will benefit thousands of families; will bring an additional 7,500 children into the scheme, with improved subsidies for over 40,000 others €33m […]

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Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to HIQA report into Oberstown 2018

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today welcomes the most recent inspection report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown). HIQA conducted a full inspection over five days, last March. The Minister said, “This report acknowledges that having undergone […]