Barnardos Early Years eNews 22 February

Barnardos have a number of interesting events coming up in March. The first of these considers Professionalism in the Early Years and will be of interest to anyone working in or studying early years education and care. The following week we are holding a seminar entitled Emotional Development: Unlocking your child’s potential, which considers how parents can support their child’s mental, emotional and social development. Both events are free and further details are given below. Continue reading here…

Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2018

Is your service doing great work in the area of child health and wellbeing?

Would you like to nominate another service doing great work in this important area?

The Irish Healthcare Centre Awards are now in their sixth year; they aim to recognise achievements in our healthcare services.

For the first time the 2018 Awards include a category of  *Department Initiative – Child Health and Wellbeing* sponsored by the Katharine Howard Foundation.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards at:

Details of the criteria for the Department Initiative – Child Health and Wellbeing can be found here

To enter the awards – or nominate another initiative you need to:

  • Complete the short online form on the above website
  • Submit a 1000 word entry statement covering the headings outlined in the criteria
  • Submit up to 4 A4 pages of charts, diagrams, photographs, quotes, etc. in support to your nomination 

The detailed entry guidelines are available at:

***The closing date for entries in 4th December 2017***

Report on the Working Conditions of the Early Childhood Sector 2017

A report has been published that examines the impact of the Early Years Education Policy on the working conditions of professionals in the early childhood care and education sector. The report looks at policy-related issues, working conditions, areas of concern as viewed by early years professionals, and investment in other EU countries.

Some of the recommendations made include:

  • Introduce working terms and conditions on a par with the rest of the education system.
  • Commission the development of a nationally agreed pay scale for the early years workforce linked to the Occupational Role Profiles that recognises qualifications, experience and length of service.
  • Introduce a system of Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL).
  • Reduce worker/child ratios from 1:11 to 1:9 – this would assist in early identification of problems and pay off in long run for the state.

Full Report here

Charities Regulator launches first guidance documents to help charities

The Charities Regulator has launched the first in a series of guidance documents, aimed at encouraging and facilitating the better administration and management of charities. The documents address the issues of guidance for trustees and internal financial controls guidelines for charities….read on

The Internal Financial Controls Guidelines for Charities can be read by clicking here

To read the Guidance for Charity Trustees click here

CYPSCine June 2017

CYPSC learning and developing together
There are now twenty-six local CYPSC Co-ordinators supporting the implementation of 27 CYPSC across Ireland. CYPSC are inter-connected through a national network of CYPSC Co-ordinators. The CYPSC Co-ordinators’ National Network role and purpose is to support the strategic and operational development of CYPSC by bringing CYPSC Co-ordinators together to share information on practice, learning and national and local developments. Since 2011 the Network has enabled CYPSC staff dispersed across Ireland to connect in with each other and with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs who provide the policy and strategic lead for the CYPSC initiative.
Click here to read on and download the Ezine

Early Years Issue 3

Welcome to issue 3 of the Children’s Rights Alliance’s Early Years newsletter.

As Government Departments begin to finalise Budget 2018, we are working hard to ensure that children are at the forefront of Ministers’ and civil servants’ minds. Budget 2017 sought to balance the high cost of childcare to parents through the Affordable Childcare Scheme: Budget 2018 should prioritise investment in quality improvement in services. Read on