DCCC Quality Supports

Dublin City Childcare Committee Quality Supports

Our experienced and qualified staff can support services on their journey to providing quality early childhood experiences and environments to children and families.

We provide advice and information through a range of supports:

  • Over the phone/email support
  • Scheduled on-site Quality Support visits when requested
  • Providing information and support to services in order to adhere to Early Years Regulations and School Age Regulations such as;

•  Inspection Support
  CAPA Support
  Registration and Re-registration Support for new and existing services
•  Change of Circumstances Support

  • Assistance with development and review of policies and procedures including information and support on Child Safeguarding Statements
  • A range of National Training Programmes such as:

  Always Children First Child Safeguarding Awareness Training Foundation Level
  Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines Training
•  Aistear and Siolta Training Programme
          (Due to current Public Health advice re: COVID-19, the Always Children First and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training are currently on hold.)

  • A range of other professional development training workshops
  • Facilitate Community of Practice Networks
  • Information and Support on the AIM Programme for both parents and service providers
  • Assistance with self-referrals to request Better Start Quality Development support

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines Training

Please note: Due to current Public Health advice re: COVID-19, the Diversity, Equality and  Inclusion training is currently on hold

Dublin City Childcare Committee regularly offer Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Charter and Guideline training. The course consists of 15 hours training that must be completed in full in order to receive certificate of participation.

The purpose of the new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education are intended to support and guide all those working in the early childhood care and education sector to explore, understand and develop inclusive practices for the benefit of all children and their families. It will also support service in implementing the new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter in their services and guide participants in the development of an Inclusion Policy.

Topics included in the Equality and Diversity training:

About Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

The purpose of the new Inclusion Charter is to demonstrate the sector’s commitment to inclusion. Service providers are asked to sign-up to the Charter by completing an inclusion policy for their setting. For reference purposes, an Inclusion Policy template is contained within the Guidelines.

To support this process, updated Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education have been produced and each childcare service should have received a copy. We are now in a position to offer the national training programme on the Inclusion Charter and the Guidelines.

For more information see: www.aim.gov.ie

National Síolta Aistear Initiative Introductory and Awareness Raising Workshops

Please note: Due to current Public Health advice re: COVID-19, the National Síolta Aistear Initiative Introductory and Awareness Raising training is currently on hold

Dublin City Childcare Committee regularly offer Síolta Aistear Initiative Introductory and Awareness Raising Workshops.

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative was established in 2016 and is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills (DES), the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), Better Start National Early Years Quality Development and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

The purpose of the NSAI is to support the implementation of our two National Frameworks-Síolta and Aistear.

The training consists of four 3 hour workshops, descriptions are listed below for each workshop.

About the workshops

Workshop 1: An Introduction to Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide

This introductory workshop is aimed at practitioners who would like to increase their understanding of and familiarity with Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide. Participants will have opportunities to consider how they are currently using Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide and how they might begin to explore them further.

Please note: This introductory workshop is a pre-requisite for the NSAI Aistear and Play CPD (delivered through Better Start Quality Development Service.)

Workshop 2, 3 and 4: Síolta Awareness Raising Workshops

3x workshops (3 hours each)

The Síolta Awareness Raising workshops aim to increase understanding, awareness and implementation of the 16 Síolta standards. Each of the three workshops focuses on a particular group of Síolta standards and through individual reflection, small and large group reflection and activities, participants will increase their understanding of and become more familiar with the range of Síolta standards.

It is recommended that participants would complete Part 1 & Part 2 within a reasonable timeframe.

For more information on Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide visit the website below:

Once training resumes for both Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training and the National Síolta Aistear Initiative Introductory and Awareness Raising workshops details of upcoming training will be advertised on our Eventbrite page.

DCCC Quality Support Team

Each Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare provider within Dublin City will have an assigned Quality Support and Business Development Officer (DO) for their service. You can contact your assigned DO directly for information and advice. If you are unsure of your assigned DO please email info@dccc.ie for details.

Contact details of all Quality Support Development Officers are included below:

Quality Team

Audra Hubbard

Quality Support Officer

Phone: 01 8897123
Mobile: 085 2521259
Email: audra@dccc.ie

Emily Dunleavy

Development Officer

Phone: 01 8897129
Mobile: 085 2521992
Email: emily@dccc.ie

Angela Kennedy

Development Officer

Phone: 01 8897128
Mobile: 085 8732903
Email: angela@dccc.ie

For information on Business Development Officers please see the DCCC Business Support page here:

Quality Support Training

DCCC run a variety of Quality Support related training events throughout the year, all upcoming training are advertised on our DCCC Eventbrite page: