Entries by Aisling Heffernan

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: [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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. […]

Press Release following the Visit of Minister Katherine Zappone to Kilkenny County Childcare Committee.

As part of her visit to of a number of Kilkenny organisations, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone met with Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and Kilkenny Education Centre yesterday. The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to meet the Board and team of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee who are delivering a range of […]

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 […]