Important Information for Early Years Services re the Children First Act, 2015

Early Years Child Protection Programme Important Information for Early Years Services Commencement of Remaining Provisions of the Children First Act 2015 Children First Act, 2015 – Commencement of Remaining Provisions On 2nd October 2017 Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced that the remaining provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 will […]

CCS Resettlement, Relocation & Transition (for Homeless Families) Programmes

CCS Resettlement, Relocation & Transition (for homeless families) Programmes. As of January 2017, CCS Resettlement and Relocation has now expanded to include measures to assist families experiencing homelessness alongside assisting refugee families. The objective of the programme, now called CCS Resettlement, Relocation and Transition, is to provide childcare services to refugee families and also families who […]

Expansion of CETS to include Parents who attend Secondary School

The 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 […]

Access and Inclusion Model

Access and Inclusion Model   The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs […]

Apply to join National Childcare Funding Programmes

Apply to join National Childcare Funding Programmes   The application process for the DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes for New Applicants 2016 is now open   Note # 1:  This process is only for NEW Service Providers wishing to participate in the DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes or existing providers opening a new service. Note # 2:  For […]