This Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) certified course has replaced the QQI/FETAC certified ‘Occupational First Aid’ course for equipping workplace first aiders to deal with the most common medical emergencies.

Please note First Aid Response is organised over 3 days and participants must attend all 3 days in order to complete this training.

Places are very limited, cost for this training is €243.53.

Please note: Full registration of 6 participants must be registered for this training to go ahead.

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Deadline to buy your tickets for our Best Practice Seminar is this Friday 27th October at 5pm!

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The Best Practice Seminar is for Early Years Practitioners, Childminders and Parents

‘Where the Imaginative Things Are’

Sat 4 November 2017

09:00 a.m. – 16:30 p.m.

Marino Institute of Education

This seminar is for providers/practitioners/childminders who are working in Early Years services and parents of pre-school age children. Priority may be given to services within Dublin City Childcare Committee’s remit area.

All participants will avail of the master class and 2 workshops of their choice.


Master class: Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, ‘Understanding Creativity and Imagination and How to Harness Their Power in Early Childhood Education Settings’

Learning Opportunities:

·         Joe Brennan, Storytelling 

·         Anne Cradden, ’You, Me, Us: The Art of Togetherness’ (visual arts)

·         Julie Tiernan, ‘Creative Music Making in Early Years Settings’

·         Anna Newel, ‘Imagining for the Tiniest Audiences’ (drama)

Tickets are €15 each.

Childminders notified to DCCC/Tusla and Early Years Education students - €10 each.

Please contact Aleksandra on 01-873 3696 to be provided with a discount code.


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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:








Autumn Newsletter now Available!

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Autumn Newsletter 2017

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