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Support Point Update 6th March 2018

March 6, 2018

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Series: Capital Grants 2018

Integrating Practice
In the final instalment of our series on Capital Grants we ask you to imagine from a child’s perspective how you can create a beautiful, warm welcoming space. ‘The physical environment impacts directly on the quality of practice’ (Julia Manning Morton). If successful with the Capital Grant for your service you have an opportunity to improve the experience young children have in your setting. Consider how a child needs a place for bursts of energy in the service and then to relax. Create distinct activity zones including quiet areas and areas for activity. When considering children’s interests think about whether there is enough equipment for each child, particularly for very young children who have not yet developed the ability to share.

Consult and involve your staff in your design and plans for this funding. It is important to ensure that your service is adult friendly also. This can help bridge the gap between the home and setting environment.

We include a number of links to resources that will help you consider how to create a positive experience for children in your service whatever their stage of sensory and motor development:

My Space (UK Resource)
Outdoor Play Facebook page
The Baby Room (ECI publication)
Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder (ECI Blog)
Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

Please note the Capital Grant 2018 application deadline has been extended to Wednesday 14th March at 3pm.


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 Accidents and Incidents policy.

The following information should be included in your accidents and incidents policy:

  • Measures to be taken in the service to prevent Accidents & Incidents
  • The procedures to be followed when an accident or incident involving a pre-school child occurs while the child is attending the service
  • The steps that are to be taken to contact the parent or guardian of the child or the emergency services if necessary
  • The policy clearly defines how information is documented regarding accidents and incidents
  • The policy clearly defines how a record should be shared with the parent or guardian of the child to whom it relates
  • A risk assessment is taken following an incident/accident occurring in the service

We have created a guidelines document to support you with creating or updating your accident and incident policy. This document asks reflective questions to think about in relation to what you already do in your service. There is then best practice information which can be included in your policy.

Click here to view the guideline policy document (Please Note: Membership login is required to view this page). 


Support Point Question of the Week

What form do we submit if we had to close our service due to poor weather last week/this week?

Registered providers must submit the Force Majeure form that is on PIP to Pobal to outline the days they were closed due to the snow last week. If services must remain closed this week they should submit the Force Majeure form to cover all days. Services will receive government funding (ECCE, CCS, CCSP, TEC) as normal for days they were closed. The Force Majeure clause is included in the grant agreement for government funded childcare schemes.

The Force Majeure under the grant agreement is not the same as the Force Majeure entitlement of employees that gives an employee a limited right to leave from work for urgent family reasons.


First Aid Training Requirements

The requirement date for the First Aid Response (FAR) Training Certification has been extended to 31st May 2020. From the 1st June 2020, in order to comply with the Childcare Regulations 2016, Regulation 25, there must be at least one person(s) who has undertaken the FAR (First Aid Response) by a trainer approved by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children. 

For more information, please click here

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