Learning languages: Why bilingual kids are smarter – The Irish Times

Evidence shows children with more languages score better in cognitive tests Ireland is speaking more languages than ever before with Polish, French, Romanian, Lithuanian and Spanish all echoing through our family homes. For years, there was a belief that bilingual children lagged behind academically and intellectually. More recent studies, however, comprehensively show this is untrue:…

Independent Review of Costs – Online Survey

​Independent Review of Costs – Online Survey Childcare providers are being urged to participate in an online survey as part of the Independent Review of Costs of Providing Quality Childcare. This Independent Review – which was announced by Minister Zappone last autumn – is a Programme for Government commitment. The Review, which is being undertaken…

Over €3 million investment boosting resources to over 6,000 pre-school rooms

‘Inclusive Play’ helps make pre-school accessible to all Over €3 million investment boosting resources to over 6,000 pre-school rooms Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone 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…

Update – First Aid Response Training – (FAR)

DCCC has received the following update from Tusla regarding First Aid Response Training (FAR) requirements. The requirement date for the FAR training has been extended to the 31st of May 2020. The Early Years Inspectorate is currently accepting evidence of certification of training in First Aid for children on inspection. Such Certification is from a wide…

DCYA – Ministers Zappone and Bruton announce details of the consultation process on ‘overage exemptions’ to the ECCE programme

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 to the rule on exemptions to the upper age limit to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. Last December,…

Little Stars (Moville) Trekking in the Jungle – In aid of ‘Children in Crossfire’

Katie Fitzpatrick from Little Stars Pre-school in Moville is going trekking and camping in the jungle of Borneo to raise money for Early Years Education development in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Katie is a long-term supporter of the ‘Children in Crossfire’ charity which helps the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Children in Crossfire build essential services…

Donegal Childcare Committee to host an Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) focused information session for Early Childhood Services -Donegal Now

Donegal Childcare Committee will be hosting an Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) focused information session for Early Childhood Services in Donegal on Wednesday, March 21 in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny at 7pm. Speakers on the evening include: LINC Tutor Paula Harte and AIM Co-ordinator Nicola Kee.   Click on the link to view the original…

DCCC Office Closure

Due to the current red weather warning, the DCCC office will be closed until Monday. If your service is closing over the next couple of days due to the weather, please remember to complete a Force Majeure form & email it to pipdocuments@pobal.ie within 4 weeks. Stay safe and warm over the cold snap. Please…