COVID-19 Reopening: Information for Providers, Practitioners and Parents

updated September 2020


The well-being, health and safety of children, their families and those working in the sector is a priority. This web-page provides guidance for parents and service providers on the reopening of early learning and care (ELC) and school-age childcare (SAC) services. Click on each item below for information:

More resources and practice examples will be added to this web-page over the coming weeks. You are therefore advised to check for updates. Irish-language resources also available.

The National Child Safeguarding Programme:

 Early Learning and Care


The National Child Safeguarding Programme; Early Learning and Care is the only Tusla approved, Early Learning and Care sector specific Child Safeguarding training programme. 

We are delighted to share the updated Child Safeguarding Statement Template and accompanying Information Sheet for Early Learning and Care services.  This resource has been developed in conjunction with the Tusla Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit and will help services to develop a strong, robust Child Safeguarding Statement that is individual and unique to their service.  The template and accompanying information sheet outlines the exact steps that services are required to follow to develop their Child Safeguarding Statement.

A Child Safeguarding Statement is a written statement that specifies the service being provided and the principles and procedures to be observed in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of the service is safe from harm.  Upon completion, the Child Safeguarding Statement must be shared with all staff members, displayed in a prominent place in the service and made available to parents and guardians, Tusla and members of the public upon request.

Further information can be found here











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Measures and contact information for DLRCCC during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Staff team

Our staff are now working remotely. Staff can be contacted by email:   We recommend contact is made in the first instance by email. If you need to speak with a Development Officer please ring the landline 01 2896600. The office phone diverts to staff mobiles who will respond to your call.


Our office is temporarily closed to visitors. Please do not call to our office location at this time.

 Written correspondence can be sent to our office but response times may be necessarily delayed. We ask, where at all possible, that queries or correspondence be sent to us electronically at present.

Contacting us



Learner Fund Graduate Bursary 2020 will open for applications on Monday 14th September

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

For eligibility criteria please see attached Learner Fund Graduate Rules for Applicants, along with learner Fund Graduate Bursary 2020 Application form.

If you have any queries in relation to the bursary please contact us on 01 2896600 or email


Learner Fund Graduate Bursary 2020 Application Form (002)

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Rules for Applicants (002)


Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are Registered with Tusla

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) will process and appraise Learner Fund Childminder Bursary applications.   

Applications must be received by post by 23rd October.

Childminder Bursary Rules for Applicants

Childminder Bursary Application Form 2020

















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