Better Start AIM Hanen Teacher Talk training programmes
A new programme of specialised training for Early Years Practitioners will be rolled out as part of the AIM programme. The first round of training is Hanen Teacher Talk, which is a certified 3 day course which will be delivered by Better Start Early Years Specialists.
Better Start are collaborating with Teacher Education Centres around the country to ensure local delivery of training. The first round of training will begin in March and April 2018 in Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Limerick and Wexford and will take place on one Saturday per month. ECCE services in receipt of AIM targeted support (Levels 4-7) will be invited to apply.
Further training courses will be available throughout 2018. More information will follow shortly. Watch this Space!
€6.8m Grants open for extra Childcare spaces, play areas and maintenance
Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March
Childcare centres are being invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Applications open today (12th February 2018) for childcare and school age services to apply for the capital grants across a range of strands.
Making the announcement Minister Zappone added
“This year we will invest €485 million, an increase of 80% over the last three budgets, to continue working towards accessible affordable quality childcare.
On the capital grants in particular, I know from my visits to services throughout the country how important it is that we continue to invest and build the infrastructure and capacity of the early years sector.
The inclusion of natural outdoor play areas in particular is allowing our children to explore more and seek adventure in a learning environment. I am delighted to support this work with a significant capital investment – which will benefit children, parents and providers in the coming months.
I encourage all providers to see how the funding can be used to boost or improve their existing services and facilities.”
The application window for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital Grants opened today Monday 12th February at 12.00am. Services can apply through the PIP system for the next four weeks, until 3.00pm on Friday 9th March.
The Minister has previously outlined the €6.86 million to be spent across Early Year and School Age Childcare under five funding strands as follows:
|Purpose of grant||Max. Grant available|
|Strand 1 (Early Years)||Expansion/New||€50,000|
|Strand 2 (Early Years)||Essential Maintenance (Community only)||€20,000|
|Strand 3 (Early Years)||Natural outdoor play area||€7,000|
|Strand 4 (School Age)||Expansion/New||€20,000|
|Strand 5 (School Age)||Essential Maintenance (Community only)||€10,000|
Detailed guidelines on how to apply are available on PIP and services are encouraged to contact their local City / County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any additional support or advice on their application.
Midlands Area Parenting Partnership are delighted to offer NEW
Teen Triple P workshops for parents of teenagers aged 11-15 years.
Midlands Area Parenting Partnership deliver the Triple P programme to parents in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. We are now offering teen workshops to parents of 11-15 year olds. Please circulate this information to parents you work with, friends and to colleagues who work with parents of teenagers in this age range. If anyone would like the calendar in a “word” document, please contact our office on 090 64 47111. Two more teen workshops will be launched at a later date. Please note our new website www.askaboutparenting.ie is under construction.
Triple P workshops are evidence based 2 hour sessions. It is free for parents/carers to attend. These workshops offer suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you deal with day to day challenges and promote your teenager’s development. Our new workshop topics are “Getting Teenagers to Cooperate” and “Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions”.
Getting Teenagers to Cooperate Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can be un cooperative and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager to co-operate.
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotion Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can become emotional and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager manage their emotions
|Tuesday 13th February||Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town||7.30pm-9.30pm|
|Wednesday 28th February||Primary Care Centre, Ballyminnion, Longford town||10am-12pm|
|Tuesday 6th March||Granard- Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre||7.30pm-9.30pm|
|Tuesday 13th March||Westmeath Community Development Offices,
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
|Tuesday 13th March||Treo Nua Resource Centre, Harpurs’ lane, Portlaoise||10am-12pm|
|Tuesday 20th March||Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore||10am-12pm|
|Tuesday 20th March||Clonbrusk Resource Centre, Clonbrusk, Athlone||10am-12pm|
|Tuesday 20th March||Athlone Education Centre. Moydrum road, Athlone||7pm-9pm|
|Tuesday 10th April||Ballymahon Library Ballymahon||7.30pm-9.30pm|
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions
|Tuesday 20th February||Treo Nua Resource Centre,Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise||10am-12pm|
|Wednesday 28th February||Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town||7.30pm-9.30pm|
|Wednesday 7th March||Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore||7.30pm-9.30pm|
|Tuesday 13th March||
Westmeath Community Development Offices,
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
|Tuesday 20th March||Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum road, Athlone||7pm- 9pm|
|Wednesday 21st March||Youth Café/Sub Project, Main Street, Birr||10am-12pm|