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 commence on 11th December 2017. 

The Act will impose statutory obligations on key professionals to report child protection concerns over a certain threshold to Tusla and on providers of relevant services to children to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of their services and develop a Child Safeguarding Statement. 

The Act includes provisions to:

·         introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse

·         place a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Early Years Services and the Children First Act, 2015

·         All persons carrying on or running a registered early years service and all who are employed in them as childcare staff are Mandated Persons under the Act and will

          acquire new legal obligations on Dec 11th, 2017. 

·         Registered early years services who employ at least one other person will have a legal obligation to publish a Child Safeguarding Statement. Services will have 3 months

           from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Revised Children First Guidance

·         The revised Children First Guidance has been published and it includes the provisions of the Children First Act, 2015 it will come into operation on December 11th, 2017.

·         Early years services will be provided with a copy of the new guidance over the coming months.   The Guidance can be downloaded on link below: 



Key Dates



December 11th, 2017

-          Mandated Persons acquire new legal obligations to report child abuse

-          Relevant services are required to have a Child Safeguarding Statement


December 11th, 2017

-          Revised Children First Guide & other support documentation comes into operation.


March 11th, 2018

-          Existing relevant services have until this date to publish their Child Safeguarding Statement.


More information

The Early Years Child Protection programme was established to support the implementation of Children First in the early years sector through delivery of a national child protection training plan and child protection policy supports.  The Programme is currently updating its materials and developing support documentation.  Regional information sessions will be held in partnership with Tusla on the new legal obligations and will be open to all early years services.

In the meantime, services are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new Children First Guidance and other support documents published by Tusla, they include a Child Protection Reporter’s guide and a Guide to developing and Child Safe Guarding Statement all of which can be accessed here: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-2017/.








Autumn Newsletter now Available!

Our Autumn Newsletter is now available to download below:

Autumn Newsletter 2017

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Learner Fund Bursary 2017

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) have reopened the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) for applications from recent graduates, or those who missed the first round of funding.

All applications must be made through your local County / City Childcare Committee

To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:
1. Have graduated with a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017;
2. Have a Qualification which is on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list
3. Have been working in a registered Early Years Service for two years prior to beginning their course;
4. Be currently working in a registered Early Years Service;
5. Have a copy of their graduating certificate to submit with the application form
6. Submit a completed application form (and a copy of the qualification certificate) to their local CCC no later than 5 pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
In addition:
7. The applicant cannot have received the Learner Fund bursary previously;
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application;
9. The bursary cannot be paid for post-graduate study unless the post-graduate award is specifically in Early Childhood Care and Education and on the DCYA published list.



PLEASE NOTE: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.

Click here to download Application Form: Learner Fund Bursary Application Autumn 2017

All forms must be fully completed and returned BY POST OR BY HAND to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Tuesday November 7th 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Incomplete application forms will not be accepted. All required documents must be attached to the application form.




CAPA - Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions, Dublin City

Early Childhood Ireland, in collaboration with TUSLA Early Years Inspectorate are pleased to announce the second roll-out of a support/training workshop for Early Years Providers. 

During the workshop, the procedures to be followed in responding to Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA) will be outlined. A CAPA is used to respond to a non- compliance which has been identified during the inspection process. The format of the CAPA will be identified and explained and providers will be supported in developing clear, solution-focused Action Plans in responding to non-compliances under the Early Years Services Regulations (2016). These workshops are free of charge and are open to both sessional and full daycare providers.
Booking is essential as places are limited in each venue. Attendance is limited to one person per setting as the workshop is specifically for the registered provider who would be responding to a non-compliance.

Venue: National College of Ireland, Lower Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Date: 26 October 2017
Times: 7.00 - 9.00pm
Pricing: Free of Charge

Bookings can be made online: https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/bookings/ 
Programmes will commence subject to numbers. All venues are accessible.