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Jenny Mosley Circle time Seminar 24th September 2011

"We clapped our way to happiness"

This seminar was a wonderful accomplishment. Feedback from providers indicated that there were lots of practical ideas for successful stress free circle times. One focus of the day was the need for childcare provider to look after themselves with a personal care plan. Jenny introduced the five steps to circle time through a range of activities such as puppets, clapping games and other resources. Please check out more pictures in the picture gallery section.

Jenny Mosley Circle time Seminar
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Safety First - topped of the agenda at Meath Childcare's Kells Seminar

As part of the commitment to the provision of information, advice and support to the childcare sector, Meath County Childcare Committee hosted a safety seminar in the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells.

The seminar highlighted two main areas of safety, 1) Safe Sleep for babies & toddlers, and 2) Road Safety for the under 5's. Information on all safety aspects within a childcare setting were available from the extensive information stands.

Over 50 service providers from Meath attended the session and listened to Margaret Pragnell from Barnardos highlight the importance of having a sleep policy and good system of monitoring Meath CCC wishes to thank all those who supported the event and congratulate the prize winners on the day.

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Workforce Development Plan For the ECCE Sector

To download a copy of the Workforce Development Plan for the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector in Ireland (226KB). Click here to download a copy.

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National Standards for Preschools

Launched in December 2010, the National Quality Standards are intended to provide a clear and easy to use tool for Pre-school Inspectors, Pre-school service providers and parents using Pre-school services. The standards aim to support Pre-school providers to deliver a higher level of quality than is strictly required under the Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No 2) Regulations. Click here to view the standards.

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Preventing the spread of Swineflu

Stay Healthy: stop the spread of infection by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who appear unwell and have fever and cough
  • Always carrying tissues
  • Always covering your nose and mouth with clean tissues, when coughing or sneezing
  • Always disposing of used tissues into a bin immediately
  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaners regularly
  • Cleaning surfaces regularly to get rid of germs

Guidance for crèches/preschool settings in preparing for and managing Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (Swine Flu) (File Size: 52KB)

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Meath County Childcare Committee Conference, "Challenges to Childcare Provision in Meath" 21st April 2007 Trim Castle Hotel, Co.Meath

On Saturday 21st April Meath County Childcare Committee hosted a conference for childcare providers in County Meath. Over 100 delegates participated on the day which was officially opened by Noel Dempsey TD Minister for Communications and Natural Resources. Minister Dempsey commended the County Childcare Committee on their work and outlined some of Fianna Fail's commitments to childcare if returned to government.

The conference was titled "Challenges to Childcare Provision in Meath" and some of these were outlined by Ms Teresa Heeney the Committee's Vice Chairperson.

Speakers on the day included child psychologist Mr Cormac Russell, who talked about the challenges of caring for children and gave practical solutions as he talked about supporting children and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they required to participate in society. Inspector Pat Burke from the Garda vetting unit spoke on how the vetting process works and what it will mean for the Childcare sector. There was also information on the new Pre-School regulations and a variety of workshops for delegates to participate in. Delegates came away equipped with practical solutions for their childcare service and the steps of how to implement them.

Minister for Communications and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey being presented with a picture of Newgrange by Theresa Heeney MCCC Board member
Minister for Communications and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey being presented with a picture of Newgrange by Theresa Heeney MCCC Board member.

Group of delegates at Meath County Childcare Committee's Childcare Conference 21st April, Trim Castle hotel
Minister for Communications and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey and MCCC Board members.
Top: Carol Duffy, Pearse Ferguson, Theresa Heeney.
Bottom; Fiona Healy Co-ordinator MCCC Minister Noel Dempsey and Catherine Mc Glone.

Kay Note speakers at MCCC Childcare Conference
Left to right: Inspector Pat Burke-Garda Vetting Unit, Carol Duffy- IPPA and Cormac Russell-Child Psychologist
Kay Note speakers at MCCC Childcare Conference
Left to right: Inspector Pat Burke-Garda Vetting Unit, Carol Duffy- IPPA and Cormac Russell-Child Psychologist.

Group of delegates at Meath County Childcare Committee's Childcare Conference 21st April, Trim Castle hotel
Group of delegates at Meath County Childcare Committee's Childcare Conference 21st April, Trim Castle hotel.

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Successful Regional High/Scope Seminar on Conflict Resolution with the Older Child.
Meath, Louth and Monaghan County Childcare Committee organised a High/Scope Conference in the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan on the 13th March 2007. The speaker was Betsy Evans author of the book "You can't come to my birthday party".

The conference gave providers, childminders and parents an opportunity to learn about, discuss and respond to important issues regarding conflict resolution in the older child.

Besty Evan's is an excellent facilitator. She models what she teaches with an easygoing sense of humour.

The seminar discussed the topic of Conflict Resolution in the older child. Betsy Evans spoke on practical solutions to help the child to work through their conflicts and develop the skills and solutions to solve their own conflicts. She spoke about the role of the parent, childminder and provider in assisting the child to resolve their own conflicts and develop the life skills of mediation and facilitation.

Betsy Evan's presentation for the seminar was very good with the use of a good mixture of video footage, group work and questions from the floor.

There was a great attendance for the conference. The overall response from the conference was that day was very enjoyable and provided people with useful information that they felt would be easy to implement and assist them in their everyday activities. The conference was very practical and there were plenty of opportunities for questions and answers.

Meath, Louth and Monaghan County Childcare Committee organised a High/Scope Conference in the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan on the 13th March 2007. The speaker was Betsy Evans.

Meath, Louth and Monaghan County Childcare Committee organised a High/Scope Conference in the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan on the 13th March 2007. The speaker was Betsy Evans.

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Thank You

Meath County Childcare Committee Board members and staff would like to thank you, the childcare providers of Meath for taking the time in assisting us with our recent telephone survey, the results will be used to give a clear picture of the current childcare provision in Meath.

It is proposed by the Office of the Minster of Children that this survey will become an annual event.

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