Opening up childcare services in Tallaght to children with disabilities is the focus of a free training course being offered to workers, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.
The Minister says 900 places are being provided on the course as the Government continues to improve resources ahead of a radical new approach to childcare starting in the Autumn.
Minister Zappone says it is important that the childcare infrastructure is built up if we are to ensure that Tallaght has a childcare service which is affordable, accessible and guarantees quality.
Making the announcement Minister Zappone added:
“This will be a year of transformation for childcare in Tallaght and throughout the country.
“As part of our ambitious new approach I am determined that children with disabilities will be able to access services. In order to achieve that goal staff must be given the appropriate skills.
“900 free places are being provided in a special Leadership for Inclusion Course (LINC)’ course developed by experts at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Maynooth University and Early Childhood Ireland.
“Workers in Tallaght can access this course through online and classroom based sessions.
“This is the second year of the training – and the first qualified workers will be making a difference in childcare services from this September.
Those who wish to be part of the class of 2017, can apply at www.lincprogramme.ie with a deadline of April 27th.
The Minister also said this training programme will continue to ensure local families will benefit from forthcoming changes in childcare.
“In the past year my Department has provided supports which have benefitted more than 1,800 children with disabilities in childcare.
“This training programme will build on that success.
“In the meantime our work continues to ensure parents and families in Tallaght will benefit from Childcare changes in the autumn.
“Capital grants of €4m have been made available to improve facilities and play areas while the legislation to underpin our plans is progressing through the Dáil.”