Entries by Orla Gallagher

Danesfort Childcare

Due to continued expansion Danesfort Childcare are currently recruiting the following.   Early Years Practitioner Part-time 20 hours per week for 38 weeks The successful candidate must have the following requirements: Fetac Level 5 in Early Childhood Education and Care Motivated and responsible individual with excellent communication skills Works well as part of a team […]

Minister Zappone Welcomes Commencement of School Age Childcare Regulations 

Monday 18th February 2019 Regulations requiring the registration of school-age childcare services came into effect today, 18th February 2019. 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 […]

Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019

Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019.   The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to an end in August 2019.   […]

Launch of Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care Level 7 in IT Carlow for September 2019

       *Launch of Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care Level 7 in Carlow for September 2019*     Institute of Technology Carlow in partnership with Carlow and Kilkenny County Childcare Committees will be offering a Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care starting in Carlow […]

City Centre Naionra

Part-time preschool position within city centre Naionra- Level 7/8 with at least 2 years working experience. Willingness to use basic Irish required. Contact Aoife on 056-7761142

Kilkenny Montessori Education Network Event – 12th February

St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers Association are holding a ‘Past and Present’ event on Tuesday 12th February 2019 from 7pm to 9pm in Kilkenny Education Centre, Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny.  To book please contact Email: daragh.teachers@smsi.ie For more information please see PDF flyer link here, or image below: Flier 12.02.19

Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital funding 2019 Announcement

Guidelines issued for Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital funding Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone    Thursday 31st January 2019 Guidelines setting out the application process for over €6.1m in childcare capital grants have been published today (31st January 2019). Announcing the publication, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone […]

Talbot’s Gate Creche

    Talbots Gate Creche Are currently recruiting Childcare Assistants for a full-time position, and relief work. Suitable candidates must have a minimum of Fetac level 5 in Childcare. All CV’s to be forwarded to talbotsgatecreche@gmail.com for the attention of Amy Quinlan.    Closing date is Friday 22nd of February 2019.  

The Learning Tree – Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre

Early Years Educator The Fr.McGrath Family Resource Centre is looking to recruit an enthusiastic new member of staff with a minimum early year’s qualification of Level 7 or above, or somebody who is currently undertaking their degree. Good communication skills, being highly motivated with a positive can-do approach is a must.  This coupled with a […]

Apple Tree Farm Montessori and Afterschool

Fulltime Childcare Assistant Required   Apple Tree Farm Montessori and Afterschool are currently seeking an enthusiastic person who works well on their own initative and also as part of a team, to work fulltime, Monday to Friday. Minimum Qualification Fetac level 5 required.   Any candidates interested in this position can apply by email to drennanpam@gmail.com

Twinkles Creche and Montessori

TWINKLES CRECHE & MONTESSORI ROSEHILL, KELLS ROAD, KILKENNY   Twinkles Creche & Montessori are looking for a reliable & caring person to join our team. Minimum QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education essential. Please email CV and cover letter to ambren65@gmail.com

Oasis Freshford and District Childcare Centre

Due to continued expansion, Oasis, Freshford and District Childcare Centre are seeking to recruit the following: A Deputy Manager: We have an exciting opportunity available for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to assist the manager in the overall running of the service. Candidates should have a minimum level 7 qualification in ECCE. Experience in a […]

National Parents Council & Early Childhood Ireland – ‘Partnership with Families Innovation Award’

Please see below announcement from the National Parents Council who have launched a new Innovation Award with Early Childhood Ireland.  ‘Families are the most important people in children’s lives. Early Childhood Ireland and National Parent Council recognise that strong partnerships between families and early years services are central to children’s well-being and belonging. The National […]

Capital Funding Announcement- Extra spaces and fire-safety priorities for Childcare Investment in 2019

Extra spaces and fire-safety priorities for Childcare Investment in 2019 Providers urged to prepare applications for €9m capital fund “Investment marks start of hugely important year for children, parents and providers as countdown to the Affordable Childcare Scheme continues” Friday 28th December 2018  ‘The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is […]

New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme

New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme School age childcare services to be registered for first time with Tusla Minister Zappone signs the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018, enabling school age childcare services […]

Ballyhale Creche & Montessori

Ballyhale Creche & Montessori are currently recruiting staff for the opening of a new Creche opening early January 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of our exciting new venture from the beginning. Full-Time position Part-Time position Relief Staff Candidates must have minimum FETAC level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education. If […]

Ballyhall Steiner Community Kindergarten

Ballyhall Steiner Community Kindergarten is seeking an AIM support childcare teacher for 5 mornings per week from 9.45am to 12.45pm on a fixed term contract.   The successful candidate must have minimum QQI level 5 certification in Early Childhood Education.   Please send your CV and a cover letter to bhsteinerkg@gmail.com. For further information contact […]

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 Launched

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. Launches Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018   ‘Minister Katherine Zappone today launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the […]

Jerpoint Montessori

Childcare practitioner required for immediate start. Candidate must be kind, caring and have a genuine interest in the care and education of young children in a Junior Montessori class. This is a term time position, Monday – Friday approx. 15-20 hours a week. A level 6 in early childcare is required for this position. A […]

Twinkles Creche & Montessori – Manager Required

  TWINKLES CRÈCHE & MONTESSORI Kells Road, Kilkenny Manager Required   We are looking for a full-time manager to join our team. Twinkles Crèche is a family run centre providing quality childcare to families for over ten years.   Requirements, Educational Skills & Qualifications:  Managerial/Deputy Manager experience Level 7 in Early Childhood Studies Minimum 2 years […]

Little Steps Country Creche

Little Steps Country Creche are looking to recruit: Full time (40 hours) Child Care Practitioner   Candidates must have minimum level 5 qualification Candidates must be enthusiastic, familiar with Siolta and Aistear and willing to work as part of a team.   Application by C.V to littlestepscountrycreche@gmail.com or by post to: Little Steps Country Creche, […]

National Parents Council – Early Years Parents Survey

As you may be aware the National Parents Council have recently expanded to include the parents of Early Years Children. They have a new dedicated section on their website, along with an early years parents helpline, and are inviting parents of early years children to participate in an online survey. See below poster and letter […]

Droichead Childcare

The Board of Management in Droichead Family Resource Centre CLG, West Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny, Invite applications for the following posts:   Childcare Practitioner  Essential –QQI Level 5 qualification in Early Childhood Care & Education / level 6 & higher would be an advantage Desirable – 2 years’ experience of working in a similar role Motivated, […]

Little Acorns

WANTED AIM support worker Immediate start, 15 hours per week, 3 hours per morning Little Acorns Pre-school, New Ross Email letter of application & CV to Carol at  littleacorns66@gmail.com

Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families

DCYA Announcment 19th November 2018 ‘The Government has today unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families. The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver: 1.    A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring 2.    A new model of parenting support 3.    New developments in […]

New DCYA Early Years e-bulletin

‘The Early Years Division of DCYA intends to publish a monthly electronic bulletin to all early years services in contract to deliver government childcare schemes. The e-Bulletin will update on operational matters relating to the administration of the Department’s schemes and initiatives. In the first instance this e-Bulletin will issue to the email supplied by […]

NCN School Age Childcare Practice & Policy Seminar

The National Childcare Network is hosting a School Age Childcare Policy & Practice Seminar ‘Developing School Age Childcare Services for the 21st Century’ Date: Saturday 17 November 2018 Venue: Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.   ‘As part of NCN’s 21 year celebrations, we are holding a National School Age Childcare Policy and Practice Seminar in […]

St Nicholas Montessori Breakfast & Browse Event

Date: 17th November 2018.           Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm Location: St. Nicholas House, 16 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Entrance fee – € 15.00 Members €20 Non-members         Stand and entrance fee  – €25.00  Booking email Daragh at  info@montessoriireland.ie Breakfast, Browse, and Bargains!! Share Vision: Dr. Nicholas Breakwell, Chief Executive, St […]

Tusla Announcement – Early Years Inspectorate Briefings 2018

Early Years Inspectorate Briefings 2018 ‘Throughout November and December, the Early Years Inspectorate will deliver a limited series of briefing sessions on the recently published Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), as well as providing an update on the process for the re-registration of Early Years Services in 2019, and a summary of the Inspectorate’s annual […]

DCYA Announcement – New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019

Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children  Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers   Tuesday 6th November 2018 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, […]

Deenside Early Years

Wishes to recruit for the position of   Early Years Educator  Deenside Early Years is a community childcare setting in Castlecomer Co. Kilkenny. We cater for children from 6 months to 12 years. We are currently recruiting for an Early Years Educator who will work within the Childcare setting.   Conditions of Work: The successful […]

Healthy Ireland Smart Start Preschool Programme – Kilkenny

Please see the below invitation to join the upcoming Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training: Kilkenny Schedule – Healthy Ireland Smart Start Health Promotion Programme Become a Healthy Ireland Pre-school Service (002)   ‘Developing a Healthy Ireland Pre-school Service Invitation to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme Autumn Training 2018 ——————- As we […]

Apple Tree Farm Montessori & Afterschool

Childcare Assistant Required   Apple Tree Farm Montessori and Afterschool are currently seeking an enthusiastic person who works well on their own initative and also as part of a team, to work afternoons, Monday to Friday. Minimum Qualification Fetac level 5 required.   Any candidates interested in this position can apply by email to drennanpam@gmail.com […]

The Garden – Outdoor Explorers Preschool

Positions Vacant An Early Years Leader & a Support Worker are required for The Garden- Outdoor Explorers Preschool, Ruthstown, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny To apply please forward your C.V. & cover letter to Bridget Dowling at grass_roots@eircom.net before Friday 26th October 2018.   Qualifications: Minimum level 7 QQI in Early Childhood Care & Education necessary for […]

Kells Resource Centre Ltd

Kells Resource Centre Ltd, Co. Kilkenny currently have the following available positions:   Level 6/7 Preschool/Afterschool Leader- Kells Resource Centre are currently seeking a vibrant and enthusiastic person to cover maternity leave in its busy childcare centre.  Relevant candidates must have a minimum of Level 6/7 and have three years paid experience of working within […]

Childcare & Families in Budget 2019

  Budget 2019 – Minister Zappone announces a €127m package     €89m increase for childcare …. •    Introduction of new Affordable Childcare Scheme •    Maximum Net Income Threshold increased by 26% from €47,500 to €60,000 per annum •    Changes will benefit thousands of families; will bring an additional 7,500 children into the scheme, with […]

Castlecomer Creche and Montessori Ltd.

Castlecomer Creche and Montessori Ltd wish to recruit a qualified Childcare Practitioner to work in our ECCE room. The hours are 9:00 to 12:00, five mornings per week. Suitable candidates must have at least level 5 Childcare qualification. Candidates can phone to apply for interview at 056 444 08 30 and ask for Catherine or […]

Busy Bees Childcare

Busy Bees Childcare are seeking staff for the following positions. 1. Full time staff until February 2019 2. Lunchtime Cover and Relief Staff. Candidates must have a minimum FETAC Level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education. If you feel the above might suit you please either email “The manager” at childcare@busybeeschildcare.ie with your CV […]

Bookville Kilkenny: A Festival for Families and Children

Have you booked to attend an event as part of Bookville Festival from Kilkenny County Libraries? The following events still have plenty of spaces remaining: Castlecomer Library (booking on 056 4440561) Friday 12th October 11.15-12.15pm Baby Boogie with Jessica Rowell for 1-3 yrs   Saturday 13th October 10-11am Fun at Sea with Sarah Webb for […]

Droichead Childcare

The Board of Management in Droichead Family Resource Centre CLG, West Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny, Invite applications for the following posts:   Childcare Team Leader -(F.T.) 40 hours a week, fixed term 38-week contract Essential – B A  Level 7 qualification in Early Childhood Care & Education Desirable   – 2 years’ experience of working in […]

The Learning Tree

2 Early Years Educator’s required for busy city Creche. Level 6 – 30 hour contract Level 7 – 25 hour contract – 38 week The successful candidate’s must have a level 6 or above in Early Childhood care and education with a minimum of 3 years experience. Good communication skills, being highly motivated with a […]

Oasis, Freshford and District Childcare Centre

Oasis, Freshford and District Childcare Centre We are seeking to recruit outgoing, dynamic, dedicated and fun-loving practitioners on a Part-time (Afternoons) and relief basis. The ideal candidates will have minimum 2 years’ experience in a similar setting. A minimum level 7 qualification is desirable but applicants with a level 6 qualification will be considered.   […]

A Storytelling Event with Niall De Burca.

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee were delighted to welcome renowned Irish storyteller Niall de Búrca to Ballykeefe Amphitheatre for a Family Storytelling Event as part of Heritage Week 2018. This was a free event, funded by Kilkenny Heritage Office. Over 50 children and their families attended for a morning of traditional Irish tales, forest school activities […]

Tusla Child & Family Support Week Event

Tusla has a Public Awareness event coming up this Thursday (20th Sept) in the Town Hall, High St., Kilkenny. There is an open invitation to children, young people and their families in Kilkenny to join the event from 3pm-5pm. For further details see the poster below.  

Bookings Open for Out To Play Conference 2018

The Out to Play 2018 Conference will take place on Saturday 29th of September 2018 in the Kilkenny Education Centre. Kilkenny County Childcare Committee & Carlow County Childcare Committee in conjunction with the HSE, the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership & the Carlow Sports Partnership are delighted to welcome Sarahjane Belton, Christine Duff and Jenny Kavanagh to this year’s event entitled “Move your mind”.   See […]

Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association Conference 7th October

The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association conference will take place on Sunday the 7th October with international workshop leaders. The conference is titled: ‘Gifts and Challenges of the Children of our Time’. For more information please see the poster below: Poster-ISKA Conference 2018 pdf

Tusla Launches Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework

Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework The Early Years Inspectorate has developed a Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to support registered Early Years Services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practice […]

Minister Zappone announces supports for quality improvements in the childcare sector, including €1.2m First Aid training fund

€1.2m funding to provide first aid training for every registered childcare service in the country. · Certain childminders to be supported to register with Tusla with new training bursary. · Nine additional Tusla Early Years Inspectors to be recruited. Eligibility broadened to include graduates in early years for the first time. · Tusla launches new […]

Happe Tots

Early Years Practitioner/Preschool Manager Full time position – 35 hours per week Essential Criteria   Minimum Level 7 Early Years qualification. Minimum 3 years experience working in an Early Years Care and Education setting. Ability to plan implement and evaluate all aspects of the ongoing Childcare programs, sustainability and progression of a Community Early Years […]

Kells Resource Centre Ltd.

              Due to expansion Kells Resource Centre Ltd, are currently recruiting the following: AIM support worker: (9 hours per week) Child Care Practitioner, must have minimum level 5 qualification.  Candidate must be enthusiastic, familiar with Siolta and Aistear and willing to work as part of a team.  The relevant […]

Head Start Montessori

Head Start Montessori, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Require applications for the following position, Early Years Educator, 30 hrs per week – 38 week contract. Minimum Level 6 required for the position. For more information and to apply, please contact Lynn on 086-2903949 or forward a copy of your CV to lynn@topmail.ie  

Learner Fund Bursary – Summer/Autumn 2018

Learner Fund Bursary Autumn 2018 Application Form Final The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has re-opened the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications. Applications […]

*Fully Booked* Family Storytelling Event – Heritage Week 2018

*** Heritage Week Event Fully Booked ***   Thanks to fantastic interest we are pleased to announce that our Storytelling Event in Ballykeefe Amphitheatre is now Fully Booked and unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate any further families. Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are very excited to announce our Family Storytelling Event to celebrate […]

Lamha Beaga Childcare

Manager required This is a part time afternoon position in an existing full day care facility. Must possess good people management skills and team leading skills. Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage. Preferred level 7 qualification or higher.   We are also recruiting staff of all levels to fill a panel […]

The Learning Garden Creche

The Learning Garden Creche, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny.  Require to fill the following positions:   *Childcare Practitioner: 35-40hrs a week-52 week contract. *Childcare Practitioner: 35-40hrs a week-38 week contract.   Minimum Level 6 required for both positions. For more information and to apply, please contact Michelle/Vera on 0567727720 or forward a copy of your CV to […]

ECCE Higher Capitation Announcement

*PIP Announcement*   ‘Higher Capitation Announcement Pobal are pleased to announce that we will be taking over the administration of Higher Capitation Applications for the coming academic year, ECCE 2018. From September 2018 Higher Capitation requests will be processed by Pobal through an online application system. Higher Capitation requests for ECCE 2018 and future ECCE […]

Aim Level 3 Training Autumn 2018

***PIP Update*** ‘Update regarding CPD training for 18/19: We are starting to roll out Hanen Teacher Talk training again in September, October, and November partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Dublin West, West […]

The Learning Tree – Fr. McGrath FRC

Early Years Educator – 2 Full Time positions The Fr.McGrath Family Resource Centre The successful candidate’s must have a level 7 or above in Early Childhood care and education with a minimum of 3 year’s experience. Good communication skills, being highly motivated with a positive approach is a must alongside a passion for working with […]

Step by Step Creche

STEP BY STEP CRECHE, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny have an exciting position for a Deputy Manager. The ideal candidate will hold a relevant Childcare Qualification at Level 7 or 8 and at least 3 years childcare experience. For general queries, Job Description etc please contact Helen Mallon (Owner / Manager) by email @ stepbystepcrechekk@gmail.com Closing Date […]

More children receiving government funded childcare than ever before

Numbers availing of early years care and education schemes exceed 200,000 for the first time New universal subsidy has now benefitted the families of more than 38,000 children, whilst a further 45,000 children aged up to fifteen in receipt of up to €145 per week towards the cost of childcare.  Over 119,000 children took part […]

Mullinavat Community Preschool Playgroup

Mullinavat Community Preschool Playgroup invites applications for the position of deputy manager. The person appointed will be an enthusiastic motivated and responsible early years practitioner with a positive and approachable disposition. This as a part time position. Essential requirements: Minimum QQI Level 6 ECCE or equivalent Knowledge and understanding of the Siolta and Aistear frameworks […]

Childminder Development Grant – Quality Pack 2018

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are inviting non registered childminders to apply for a quality equipment pack to the value of €500. This pack will include a range of items to support you practice with young children under the Aistear theme of Communicating. Applicants must register their interest by completing the below CDMG Application Form by Wednesday 18th July at […]

Tusla Website – Service Inspection Reports Now Online

The Tusla Inspection Reports are now available online from the Tusla Website rather than through Pobal Maps. Please see the announcement below:   ‘Tusla Early Years Inspectorate is delighted to announce that we are now publishing inspection reports on the Tusla website, and they are no longer available on the Pobal website. We wish to thank Pobal for […]

Smarties Montessori Mullinavat

Smarties Montessori Mullinavat requires a Child Care Practitioner: Starting: 30/8/18, (approx. 32  hours weekly). Candidates must have: _A full ECCE Qualification recognised by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland at a minimum of Level 6 – Excellent communication and organisational skills. – Enthusiasm and a genuine interest in caring for children. – The ability to […]

Contract awarded to deliver IT system for the Affordable Childcare Scheme

Another major milestone achieved in the creation of a new scheme of entitlements for parents towards the cost of childcare System reflects new frontier of innovative, joined-up and user-friendly public services Monday 9th July, 2018 On Friday, 6th July 2018 the Minister awarded a contract for the development of the IT system to support the […]

Mid Term Review of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

The mid-term review of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures serves as a general progress and process check on the implementation of the first national children and young people’s Policy Framework and is directly informed by the views and perspectives of key groupings in this area. The main aim was the delivery of a mid-term review that focuses on […]

Giant Steps Outdoor Montessori

Giant Steps Outdoor Montessori Kilmanagh Co.Kilkenny   Position: Early Years Assistant (Part-time, sessional) starting Aug 31st. 2018   Role: To identify and support the interests and needs of children through an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum in a busy outdoor Montessori setting   Essential Requirements: Motivated, genuine individual capable of working alone and as part of […]

Little Steps Country Creche

Little Steps Country Creche are looking to recruit: Full time (40 hours) Child Care Practitioner Part time (20 hours) Child Care Practitioner   Candidates must have minimum level 5 qualification Candidates must be enthusiastic, familiar with Siolta and Aistear and willing to work as part of a team.   Application by C.V to littlestepscountrycreche@gmail.com or […]

Staying safe in the sun

With the incredible summer we have been getting so far, it is important that we take into consideration the importance of protecting children from the side effects of the sun while enjoying this hot weather. The below link has some helpful information and tips to keeping children safe in the sun. https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/child/childsafety/csap-sun.html

Children’s Fairytale Festival

The Fairytale Festival will take place on Sunday 22 July 2018 at Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny. The Fairytale Festival is an annual, screen-free day out for all the family. Enjoy storytelling, fairy trails, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, archery, bouncy castles, food stalls and so much more. Woodstock Gardens Inistioge is the enchanting new venue […]

DCYA Announcement – Investment in play to transform young lives

Investment in play to transform young lives €250,000 funding awarded to 26 Local Authorities on National Play Day 2018, for new and innovative play and recreation projects Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone   1st July 2018 To mark National Play Day 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced […]

Oasis & Freshford District Childcare

Childcare Practitioners – Full Time & Part Time Oasis – Freshford and District Childcare Centre Freshford, County Kilkenny We are seeking to recruit outgoing, dynamic, dedicated and fun loving practitioners. The ideal candidates will have minimum 2 years experience in a similar setting. A minimum level 7 qualification is desirable but applicants with a level […]

Childcare Support Bill is passed by the Oireachtas

DCYA Announcement Childcare Support Bill is passed by the Oireachtas Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, “delighted to introduce the first ever legislation on childcare support for families”. For the first time, families to enjoy a clear, legal entitlement to financial support for childcare. Tuesday 26th June 2018 The legislation establishing the […]

Save the Date – Out to Play 29th September 2018

We have a date for your diaries! The Out to Play Conference is back on Saturday 29th September. This years’ conference will explore Physical Literacy through the Theme: ‘Move Your Mind’. A full programme and more information about how you can book will follow at a later date.

Urlingford Community Childcare Centre

Urlingford Community Childcare Centre Our community based childcare service caters for children aged from 12 months to 12 years on a full and part time basis. We are currently recruiting: Childcare Worker (Full time position) Essential Requirements for Childcare Worker: A minimum of a NFQ Level 6 qualification in Early Years’ Childhood Care and Education or equivalent […]

Cruinniú na nÓg Programme for Kilkenny

Cruinniú na nÓg is a new national day of creativity for young people taking place on Saturday, June 23rd with an exciting line up of over 20 free events across Kilkenny Library Service, Barnstorm Theatre and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in the Castle yard. The programme will be free and activity-based, with […]

Thomastown Community Kindergarten

Thomastown Community Kindergarten Kindergarten Vacancy   Part-Time Position We are seeking an experienced Teacher, preferably with an interest/background in Steiner Waldorf early years education, to join our established team in a busy Kindergarten.  At the moment we offer part time sessions.  Successful candidate must have a minimum QQI 6 in Early Years Education (Level 7 […]

DCYA Announcement Programme Support Payment 2018

  Programme Support Payment 2018 Announcement   •    Applications to open from today 6th June until 22nd June for Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2018 •    €18m PSP funding first paid in 2017 secured again for 2018 •    Single payment to be made at end June 2018   Wednesday 6th June, 2018 The Minister for Children […]

Bike Week 2018 – KRSP

From Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership: ‘Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland.   Ciclovia Sunday June 10th 2018 High Street Kilkenny from […]

Early Years and School Age Capital 2018 Announcement

Minister announces total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare this summer   €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to childcare providers across the country More than 2,700 new childcare places to be created nationwide Funding for outdoor play and essential maintenance also awarded […]

Parent & Toddler Group Grants 2018

  Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2018 Guidelines for Parent & Toddler Groups   Information on grants available: Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range […]

Ballyragget Community Playgroup/ Montessori

Ballyragget Community Playgroup/ Montessori are  looking to recruit an Early Years Assistant for 15 hours per week with immediate start. This position would ideally suit someone who has recently completed Level 5 QQI Award in Early Childhood Care and Education and is looking for some work experience. This is a fixed term contract until 29th […]

Launch of AIM Application Process for September 2018

Launch of the AIM application process for September 2018 pre-school year   For children who are currently receiving AIM supports and are eligible to avail of a 2nd year of the ECCE programme from September 2018 If the child is eligible and is returning to the same pre-school setting for a second year and circumstances have not […]

AIM Inclusive Play

The AIM Inclusive Play Pack is currently being distributed to Early Childhood Services who are participating in the ECCE scheme by Learning SPACE. AIM Inclusive Play is the latest addition to the suite of supports provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). AIM Inclusive Play is a set of sensory and educational play resources […]

Pobal Early Years Service Profile 2017/18

​*** PIP Announcement *** The Early Years Service Profile 2017/2018 – Deadline: 5pm, Friday 27th April   The deadline for submitting this year’s Early Years Service Profile is 5pm, Friday 27th April. The data provided by early years service providers is critical to understanding and mapping trends in the sector and will be used by Government to inform […]

Step by Step Crèche

Job Description: Service Details Step By Step Crèche is a purpose built, private childcare service catering for up to 65 children per day . We are located in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny which is half way between Kilkenny and Carlow. We cater for children from 1 year – 5 years and have a separate after-school building. […]

Little Mischief Piltown

Little Mischief Day Nursery and Montessori Piltown requires Childcare Practioners Candidates must have: – minimum of 2 years experience working in a creche. – minimum qualification of FETAC Level 5 in Childcare. – excellent communication and organisational skills. – enthusiasm and a genuine interest in caring for young children. – the ability to work as […]

AIM Inclusive Play Packs are on the way!

AIM Inclusive Play packs will be delivered from today, Monday 9th April. ECCE settings will be prioritised for distribution where: The setting has availed of targeted AIM supports OR An employee in the setting has graduated from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in the Early Years higher education programme 2016/17 and has agreed to take […]

Marbles Creche & Montessori

Marbles Creche have the following positions available with immediate start: Full Time and Part Time childcare staff Qualification minimum level 5/6 , the candidate should have a love for children lots of enthusiasm and hard working to join our team. Please forward cvs to: Marblescreche08@outlook.com or contact Sarah 056 7777409 , we look forward to […]

‘Inclusive Play’ helps make pre-school accessible to all

Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone Friday 23rd March, 2018 More than 6,000 ‘Inclusive Play’ packs are being distributed free to pre-schools across the country. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone is confirming that distribution of the packs is underway under the Access and Inclusive Model (AIM) which is working to make […]

Free Inclusion Training for Childcare – LINC Applications Re-open

Free Inclusion Training for Childcare  Minister Zappone announces up to 1,200 free places on leadership for inclusion programme  “Investing in childcare personnel delivers quality accessible services for children, parents and families” Friday 9th March, 2018 Up to 1,200 free training places are being made available to  pre-school practitioners to ensure their free pre-school services are […]

Announcement on ECCE ‘Overage Exemptions’ Consultation Process

Ministers Zappone and Bruton announce details of the consultation process on ‘overage exemptions’ to the ECCE programme Tuesday 6th March, 2018 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D. and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D. today announced details of the consultation process in relation to proposed changes […]

KRSP Physical Literacy Workshops for Preschool Settings and Infant Classes

Physical Literacy Workshop for Pre-School Settings and Infant Classes   Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is delighted to collaborate with Christina and offer 2 hour workshops to practitioners and teachers in Kilkenny with Christina, either in their own setting or on a cluster basis. The workshop will be delivered by Christina Duff, an Active Play […]

Kells Resource Centre

Kells Resource Centre is currently recruiting for the following: Full time (40 hours) Child Care Practitioner Candidate must have minimum level 7 qualification with 3 years paid experience. Candidate must be enthusiastic, familiar with Siolta and Aistear and willing to work as part of a team.   Application by C.V to kellsccc@outlook.com or by post […]

Oasis Freshford & District Childcare Centre: Centre Manager

Centre Manager required for Oasis Freshford and District Childcare Centre Ltd (Freshford, Co. Kilkenny) We are seeking to recruit a vibrant motivated person to manage and lead new and exciting initiatives in early childhood education. The Role Ensure the effective daily management of Oasis in accordance with the requirements of the Policies and Procedures of […]

The Learning Garden

The Learning Garden, Bennettsbridge, Co.Kilkenny require a childcare worker for a temporary position to cover sick leave for 3/4 weeks, 35-40 hours a week commencing the 19th Feb. Minimum level 5 FETAC. For more information please contact Michelle/Vera on 0567727720 or forward an email to thelearninggardencreche@gmail.com.

Little Sunshines Day Nursery

Manager: Sarah Hayes Contact: 051832432 Email: littlesunshinesdaynursery@gmail.com Address: Mullinabro, Ferrybank, Kilkenny Service Type: Full Day, Part Time, Sessional & Afterschool Age Group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School Age Funding Programmes: ECCE, CCS/P, TEC. Other: Afterschool available for Junior Infants to Second Class.

PIP Announcement – Capital Grants Applications Extended

Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weather New deadline of 3pm Wednesday 14th March 2018 Providers given extra three working days to complete applications   Due to the unforeseen delays and inconveniences caused to childcare providers across the country by the recent snow event, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. […]

ECCE Programme Overage Exemptions DCYA Announcement

Further flexibility announced to overage exemptions to free pre-school programme pending outcome of consultation process Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Monday 5th March, 2018 Parents of children with disabilities who are now deciding whether to defer their child’s entry into free pre-school will be able to avail of […]

DCYA Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector

Update to Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector – Sunday 4th March 2018 The red weather warning has now been been lifted nationwide and there will be a gradual overall rise in temperatures through the week with remaining deposits of snow continuing to melt. Melting snow may result in localized surface water and people are […]

DCYA Statement on Storm Emma and the Early Years sector

Wednesday 28th February 2018 The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been working closely with the National Emergency Coordination Group throughout the week to prepare for the adverse weather conditions. The NECG has met again this morning following the issuing of a Status Red weather warning in some parts of the country. DCYA has […]

Notice from DCYA regarding severe weather conditions

PIP Announcement 26/2/18 The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) which met this morning to plan for severe weather conditions expected later this week. DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service. We encourage childcare services and parents to visit […]

Learner Fund Bursary 2018

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has re-opened the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund […]

Places available for March Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training

Dates have been announced for the next round of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training commencing on 3rd March 2018. This is a 15 hour training programme delivered over 4 sessions. Services who have one or more members of staff who have completed the DEI training are eligible to receive an AIM Inclusive Play Pack. ‘AIM […]

Children’s Rights Alliance publish Report Card 2018

The Children’s Rights Alliance today launched their tenth annual Report card. ‘The Government is awarded an overall ‘C-‘ grade in Report Card 2018, reflecting a satisfactory attempt, with children still left wanting. This is an increase on last year’s D+ grade. The highest individual grade in Report Card 2018 is a ‘B’ for ‘Child Protection’, […]

Capital Funding Applications are Now Open

Childcare centres are being invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Applications open today (12th February 2018) for childcare and school age services to apply for the capital grants across a range of strands. […]

Minister Zappone Launches Kilkenny County Childcare Committee Website

Minister Zappone Launches New Website of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone has today launched the new website of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee. During her visit to the offices of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, Minister Zappone met with the Board of Directors, manager, and staff team to […]

Minister Zappone Launches Kilkenny County Childcare Committee Website

Minister Zappone Launches New Website of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone has today launched the new website of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee. During her visit to the offices of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, Minister Zappone met with the Board of Directors, manager, and staff team to […]

Minister Zappone announces change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectors

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has today (Friday 2nd February, 2018) announced that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency and the INMO (representing Public Health Nurses) have reached an agreement at the Labour Court regarding the future recruitment of Early Years Inspectors within […]

Guidelines for Early Years and School Age Capital Funding

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the publication of application guidelines for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes. These guidelines are to assist providers in making their applications, including a detailed breakdown of funding streams and information on how to apply. This follows the […]

Minister Bruton and Minister Zappone publish Review of Education-Focused Inspections of Early Years

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone today published a report on the quality of educational provision in early years settings. The report draws from the findings of 867 inspections conducted nationally on providers delivering the state funded Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Preschool […]

Department of Education Consultation on Degree Programmes in Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland

Consultation on Draft Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education (Levels 7&8) Degree Programmes in Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland The Department of Education working group has launched a consultation on Draft Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education (Levels 7&8) Degree Programmes in Early Childhood Education and Care […]