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Support Point Update 13th March 2018

Support Point Update 13th March 2018

March 13, 2018

Support Point can be contacted Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm by phone on 01 405 7103 or email If you have a query outside of these hours, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Support Point Series: GDPR

This week we start a new series focusing on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). GDPR will come in to effect on the 25th May 2018. This week we look at some of the key terms from the regulation and what they mean.

  • Data subject – the person whose personal data is being processed.
  • Personal data – any information relating to a natural person or data subject that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. E.g., name, photo, email address, bank details, posts on social media.
  • Sensitive personal data – information about racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, medical information, biometric data etc.
  • Data Controller – a person who determines the purposes for which and the manner in which personal data is to be processed.
  • Data Processor – any person who processes the data on behalf of a data controller.
  • Processing information or data – means obtaining, recording, or holding the information.

We will be developing sample policies and procedures to assist members with GDPR compliance over the coming weeks.


Support Point Topic of the Week

Tusla Early Years Inspections – managing non-compliances:
This week we are continuing our series and looking again at Regulation 16 – The Record in Relation to a Pre-school Service. This regulation outlines the need to have a record in writing of the policies, procedures and statements the service is required to maintain in accordance with Regulation 10.

This week we are looking at the Administration of Medication Policy.

The following topics must be included in your administration of medication policy:
• Medications administered in the service – what medications do you administer?
• Emergency medications – what do you do in your service if a child requires emergency medication? For example, an epi-pen.
• Parental consent – when and how do you ensure you have parental consent before administering medication?
• Stated person responsible for administration of medication in your service
• Second person documented to check and countersign (except sole operators)
• Correct child, correct medication, correct dose, correct time, correct route
• Medical history of child – where is the medical history of each child recorded? How often is this reviewed and updated?
• Use of anti-febrile medication – what is your procedure for administering anti-febrile (temperature reducing) medication?
• Storage of medication and labelling – where is medication stored?
• Emergency details – where are emergency contact details for each child held and when are they reviewed/updated?
• Sunscreen – what is the practice in your service for using sunscreen?
• Documentation of administration of medication – how do you document the administration of medication in your service?


Support Point Question of the Week

Is an employee entitled to public holidays when they are on certified sick leave?

If a full-time staff member is on sick leave during a public holiday they are entitled to benefit for the public holiday they missed. If a part-time staff member is on sick leave during a public holiday, they would be entitled to time off work for the public holiday provided they worked for the employer at least 40 hours in the previous 5-week period.

However, a staff member is not entitled to the public holiday if they are absent from work immediately before the public holiday and they have been off work for more than 26 weeks due to an ordinary illness or accident, or for more than 52 weeks due to an occupational accident.

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