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

·         Assistance with development and review of policies and procedures

·         A range of professional development training workshops

·         Provision of Always Children First Child Protection Training

.         Provision of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guideline

          Training (due to current Public Health advice re: COVID-19, the                         Diversity, Equality and  Inclusion training is currently on hold.

.          Assistance with self-referrals to request Better Start Quality

           Development support


Better Start Quality Development Service


 Better Start Quality Development Service is an additional resource to support and drive quality improvement.

It provides a highly skilled and experienced Early Years Specialist team to work directly in a mentoring capacity with early years’ services, complementing and adding to other quality resources such as training, continuing professional development programmes, networking, cluster-type support groups and individual or team-based development work provided by the City and County Childcare Committees and the Voluntary Childcare Organisations. 

Click here to view further information on Better Start


Area Based Childhood Programmes

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a prevention and early intervention programme that seeks to invest in effective services that improve outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage. It has a particular emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes for children and young people, and on improving the effectiveness of existing services for them.

Through ABC, funding and support are given to a collaboration of services in areas selected by Government as meeting ABC objectives. These local consortia co-ordinate the planning and delivery of services in their area with principal areas of focus under the Programme being:

  •           Child Health & Development,
  •           Children’s Learning,
  •           Parenting, and
  •           Integrated Service Delivery.

The ABC aims to break the cycle of child poverty within areas where it is most deeply entrenched and where children are most disadvantaged, through integrated and effective services and interventions.

For more information on current ABC Programmes in Dublin City visit the relevant links below:


National Síolta Aistear Initiative


The National Síolta Aistear Initiative has been developed to provide central support and coordination of Síolta and Aistear implementation across the early childhood sector.

The initiative has two strands. The first will focus on Síolta, including the introduction of Síolta awareness raising workshops and the expansion of the Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP).

The second strand relates to Aistear, and will see the development of workshops and coaching to support practitioners to use Aistear in their setting.

Dublin City Childcare Committee’s Síolta Aistear mentors will implement this Initiative through a range of workshop and mentoring supports from Autumn 2017. 

 Click here for further information on the National Siolta Aistear Initiative


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:


Stages of discrimination

Anti- bias goals


Reviewing the Early Years environment

Challenging discrimination

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

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