Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders (Dublin City)

Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders (Dublin City)

        Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders (Dublin City)   Date: Thursday, 7th of November, 2019Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Custom House Quay RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....
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A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download

A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download

      DCCC's "A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service" is now Available!   Dublin City Childcare Committee’s new publication ‘A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service’ is a quick guide on addressing any concerns within an early years service. We hope...
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Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card

Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card

  Attention Parents! The first step in applying for the new National Childcare Scheme is to apply for a Public Services Card, if you do not already have one. You will need this card to register for a verified MyGovID account.  Click on the image below to view the Public Services Card Video:...
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First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019

First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019

  First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019 Attention Registered Providers!Did you know that services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR training (either full or refresher) on behalf of the service. Registered Early Learning and Care Services and Registered Childminders  Under the...
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Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019

  Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019   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...
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NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!

NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!

      Dublin City Childcare Committee are currently rolling out NCS Phase 2 training in various venues and dates.  These 3-hour sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process....
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Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare

Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare

            Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare. Services...
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The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!

    The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open! Parents can call (01) 906 8530 for information on NCS.Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Read more...
 Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders (Dublin City)
Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders (Dublin City)
October 18, 2019
A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download
A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download
November 19, 2018
Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card
Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card
May 16, 2019
First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019
First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019
August 29, 2019
Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019
Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019
August 09, 2019
NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!
NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!
September 05, 2019
Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare
Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare
April 10, 2019
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!
June 25, 2019

DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone response to RTÉ investigation into crèche failings

 

 

DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone response to RTÉ investigation into crèche failings

Thursday 25th July 2019

Speaking in the wake of yesterday evening’s RTÉ Investigates programme Behind Closed Doors, Minister Zappone expressed her shock and anger at the mistreatment of children in the crèches investigated.

Commenting on the undercover footage, Minister Zappone said, “I was appalled and horrified. I share parents’ distress at seeing young children being subjected to such abhorrent behaviour. I am disgusted by what I saw.”

Minister Zappone acknowledged that many parents who saw the programme will be worried for their own children who attend crèches. However, she assured parents that a number of authoritative and independent sources have assured her that the vast majority of services meet required standards.

She also expressed her confidence in Tusla, the independent regulator of these services, and gave assurance that Tusla has been taking robust action to address the poor standards and management failings in the crèches that were focus of the RTÉ Investigates programme.  However, the evidence presented last night was new and not available to the Inspectors up to now. She acknowledged that Tusla has closed 5 services in the last 18 months and is at advanced stages of enforcement process with many others. Evidence such as that gathered by RTÉ or provided by parents and staff can assist Tusla with its enforcement procedures.

Tusla has inspected the crèches covered in the RTÉ programme a number of times under the new Regulations that came into force in 2016. Whenever it has identified failings, it has required changes. Tusla has been actively pursuing enforcement actions in relation to the services. Tusla took one of the services to Court earlier this year for operating without registration. The service is now registered with conditions, which Tusla continues to actively monitor.

While stressing that mistreatment of children is never acceptable, Minister Zappone cautioned that due process must be followed in all Tusla’s investigations. This is ultimately to protect children and ensure that justice is served.

Click here to read full press release.

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