Barnardos Knowledge Bank

Barnardos Knowledge Bank is an online service hosting full content materials produced by Barnardos Ireland. It contains the full text of booklets, journals, reports, research papers and more. Barnardos Knowledge Bank is an open access platform, with the aim of making Barnardos output as widely accessible as possible. Use the browse functions above for an overview of relevant materials. Barnardos is Ireland's leading children's charity and is also a National Voluntary Childcare Organisation whose work is part funded by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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    Teagmhais Chriticiúla i Seirbhísí Foghlaim agus Cúram na Luath-Óige agus Seirbhísí Cúraim Leanaí ar Aois Scoile: Pleanáil agus Freagairt
    (Barnardos, 2023) Barnardos
    Éilítear ar gach seirbhís Foghlaim agus Cúraim na Luath-Óige (ELC) agus seirbhís Cúraim Leanaí ar Aois Scoile (SAC) plean Teagmhas Criticiúil ar leibhéal seirbhíse a bheith acu, faoi mar atá leagtha amach i gCreat Cáilíochta agus Rialála (QRF) Tusla agus sna Treoirlínte Náisiúnta Cáilíochta do Sheirbhísí Cúraim Leanaí ar Aois Scoile. Ní mór do gach fostóir, a mhéid is indéanta le réasún, sábháilteacht, sláinte agus leasa a bhfostaithe ag obair a chinntiú, faoin Acht um Shábháilteacht, Sláinte agus Leas ag an Obair, 2005. Forbraíodh an treoir seo ó threoraíocht a bhí ann roimpi ar phleanáil le haghaidh teagmhais éigeandála, lena n-áirítear an tSraith Straitéise um Pleananna do Theagmhais Chriticiúla agus obair fhorleathan na Seirbhíse Náisiúnta Síceolaíochta Oideachais (NEPS), chun tacú le seirbhísí ELC agus SAC chun a machnamh a dhéanamh ar theagmhais chriticiúla agus chun pleanáil lena n-aghaidh agus chun tacaíochtaí praiticiúla a chur i bhfeidhm chun freagairt do theagmhas criticiúil. Soiléirítear inti róil agus freagrachtaí ag leibhéil náisiúnta agus áitiúla i dtaca le freagairt do theagmhais chriticiúla. D'fhéadfadh teagmhais tarlú lasmuigh de ghnáthuaireanta oibre nó d'fhéadfadh go n-éileoidís freagairt lasmuigh de ghnáthuaireanta, um thráthnóna, ag an deireadh seachtaine nó le linn saoire san áireamh. Ní phléitear sa treoir seo na gnéithe ar fad a bhaineann leis an rud ba chóir do shuímh a dhéanamh i dtaca le pleanáil éigeandála. Ní mór do shuímh a bhfreagrachtaí dlíthiúla a chomhlíonadh, lena n-áirítear reachtaíocht sláinte agus sábháilteachta, agus ba chóir dóibh comhairle dlí a fháil de réir mar is gá. Ba chóir athbhreithniú leanúnach a dhéanamh ar mheasúnuithe riosca, beartais agus pleananna chun treoraíocht nua agus nuashonraithe a léiriú.
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    Early Years eNews: Issue 2
    (Barnardos, 2024) Barnardos
    In this issue of Early Years eNews, we bring you updates from across the ECEC sector including consultations on the new National Early Learning and Childcare Agency and the upcoming childcare services week. We also have information about the latest from Barnardos Learning and Development team.
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    ChildLinks Issue 1: Childminding
    (Barnardos, 2024) Barnardos
    In February of this year, The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) announced the launch of a public consultation on new regulations governing the childminding sector in Ireland. This step marks a key moment in efforts to improve and enhance the quality and assurance of childminding services, and is an opportunity for childminders and parents to voice their opinions. The regulations are part of the implementation of National Action Plan for Childminding 2021-2028, which is designed to ensure a smooth transition for childminders, offering them increased status, access to public funding, and extensive support. In this issue of ChildLinks, we consider the challenge now being faced by childminders and policymakers alike in balancing regulation and reforms with the preservation of the unique individuality that defines childminding. The first article is this issue from DCEDIY offers an overview of the work underway in implementing the Childminding Action Plan and the next steps to be taken. This is followed by an article from Childminding Ireland that acknowledges the particular attributes of childminding when compared to other types of early learning and care, and asks, will childminders decide to adapt to a new reality of regulation? Later in this issue, Dr Miriam O’Regan, Research Centre for Psychology, Education and Emotional Intelligence, Technological University Dublin examines the current practices and pedagogy of childminders in Ireland and considers how an understanding of these could inform changes in the sector. Further articles examine childminding internationally. Rosanne Sluiter from Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam outlines a comparative study undertaken on socialemotional development in centre-based and homebased childcare settings in the Netherlands. Dr Kay Aaronricks, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, shares details of an action research project that explored the professional development needs of a group of childminders in the UK. Finally, Tina Maltman, Executive Director, Childminding UK gives an overview of the key findings from a survey seeking views of childminders on the sustainability of childminding in light of new funding arrangements in England and offer some recommendations to ensuring the sustainability of the childminding sector in the UK.
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    Finglas West Family Resource Centre
    (Barnardos, No date) Barnardos
    Information leaflet on the work and programmes delivered by Finglas West Family Resource Centre.
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    Supporting Barnardos in 2023
    (Barnardos, No date) Barnardos
    Booklet outlining how supporters can fundraise for Barnardos in 2023.

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