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Support Point Update 11 December 2018

December 11, 2018

This week we look at public holidays over Christmas, 2018 in review and attendance records.

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Editorial: Child Protection and the 2016 Regulations

March 12, 2018

The fact that child protection policy fell out of the revised regulations in 2016 is a matter of real concern to ECI. We see this as a matter of best practice, which the early years sector is committed to meeting, and the best interests of children availing of ECEC services. We hope our efforts support the Minister and DCYA in remedying the current legal lacuna and look forward to further constructive engagement.

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Child Safeguarding Statement Template

January 30, 2018

The Children First Act (2015) requires organisations that are providers of ‘Relevant Services’ to prepare a child safeguarding statement. This document is a guide from Early Years Child Protection Programme and, to ensure your compliance with The Children First Act, 2015, It should be adapted to the needs, size and particulars of your service.

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Children First Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

October 10, 2017

In preparation for full commencement of the Children First Act (2015), the new Children First Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was launched on October 2nd by Minister Katherine Zappone. The Guidance document has been updated to reflect the provisions of the Children First Act 2015 and includes specific information for Early Childhood Education and Care settings, regarding their legal obligations under the legislation.

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