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    Note: This is a Legacy Copy of this Publication. Legislation Handbook for Early Childhood Settings (3rd Edition)
    (Barnardos, 2019) Barnardos
    This handbook is an update on the 2008 publication Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers. It is intended to act as a guide to the many areas of legislation that impact upon early childhood education and care providers in Ireland, such as full daycare and sessional pre-school services and drop-in centres. Much of the legislation included in this handbook will also be applicable to registered childminders and school age services. Comprehensive knowledge of relevant, up-to-date legislation and regulations is crucial for ethical, safe, productive and effective work practices in early childhood settings. Regardless of the size of a setting, legislation and regulation play a key role in shaping its overall management, as well as determining how the daily activities within that setting are administered. Legislative and regulatory systems have a dual function: they ensure that services meet minimal outlined standards, and they encourage improvement in the quality of provision beyond minimal standards to promote children’s development and learning. Compliance with legislation involves an awareness of, familiarity with and proactive approach to various areas of relevant regulations and legislation. It will also involve a regular review of policies and procedures and staff training where appropriate. This handbook is divided into sections, each looking at an area of relevant legislation, with a quick reference guide at the start of the section listing the key areas. The section then outlines the main items of legislation along with a short description of the purpose, an indication of who the legislation applies to and a listing of useful contacts or sources of further information.
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    Staff Development Handbook for Childcare Providers
    (Barnardos, 2005) Barry, Claire
    The purpose of this handbook is to provide childcare providers with an overview of the purpose, process and value of staff development. Staff development is the process by which staff members and teams develop their capacity to undertake their roles, thus contributing to the development of the service. It is achieved through a combination of supervision, appraisals, team meetings, training and mentoring/coaching. The handbook should be viewed as a set of guidelines within which childcare providers in the private, community and statutory sectors can best contribute to the development of individual staff members and the staff team. While staff development programmes will enhance the ability and competencies of team members and contribute to the development of the organisation, the ultimate benefit will be to children and families who will avail of enhanced services. It is this principle of improved service to children and their families that forms the basis for the handbook. Organisations and management have a duty to ensure that there is a constant development within the organisation to meet the current and evolving needs of children and their families. Individual staff members have a responsibility to participate in, and contribute to, their own professional development. This handbook is set in the context of ongoing developments within the Irish childcare sector, both legislative and best practice. Such developments place greater demands on organisations and staff to meet specific standards in a wide variety of areas. A greater degree of accountability is required of childcare services, thus increasing individual accountability.
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    Grievance and Discipline Handbook for Childcare Providers
    (Barnardos, 2006) Barnardos
    This handbook expands on Barnardos’ NCRC publication Personnel Practice in Early Years Services — A Guide (revised edition) by Mary Byrne. Its purpose is to provide childcare providers with an overview of what they need to know when dealing with disciplinary or grievance issues in their service and an outline of how to put policies and procedures in place in this area. The handbook also provides samples of grievance and disciplinary policies and procedures that an organisation may consult when implementing their own.
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    Note: This is a Legacy Copy of this Publication. Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers
    (Barnardos, 2005) Graham, Imelda; Lafferty, Linda
    This handbook is intended to act as a guide to the many areas of legislation that impact upon childcare providers in Irelandin the various sectors, such as day care, school-age childcare or sessional pre-school services. Whether a provider is working in a very small setting or a large establishment, legislation plays an important role in shaping activities and the manner in which te setting is run. The purpose of legislation is primarily to ensure safe, ethical practices whether in connection with protecting children, with work practices or with financial rectitude.
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    Note: This is a Legacy Copy of this Publication. Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers (2nd edition)
    (Barnardos, 2008) Graham, Imelda; Lafferty, Linda
    This handbook is an update on the 2005 publication Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers. It is intended to act as a guide to the many areas of legislation that impact upon childcare providers in the various sectors in Ireland, such as day care, school-age childcare, sessional pre-school services and childminders. Whether a provider is working in a very small setting or in a large establishment, legislation plays an important role in shaping activities and the way in which the setting is run. The primary purpose of legislation is to ensure safe, ethical practices whether in connection with protecting children, with work practices or with financial matters. For childcare providers, it is crucial that knowledge of relevant legislation is up-to date and comprehensive. This will ensure that the service operates effectively and in accordance with the law, thereby providing a safe and productive setting that can focus on offering quality services. It can seem a daunting task to wade through the many relevant Acts, and even identifying which Acts apply to each service can be a challenge, so this handbook will serve as a useful reference to point people in the appropriate direction. The handbook is divided into sections with a quick reference guide at the start of each listing the key areas of legislation. Each section then gives the main items of legislation along with a short description of the purpose, an indication of who the legislation applies to and a listing of useful contacts or sources of further information. Services need to be compliant and they should endeavour to adopt a proactive approach to all areas. By regularly reviewing policies and procedures and by providing staff training where necessary, providers can ensure that their service is actively engaged in practice that seeks to set and maintain the highest standards for both its service users and staff.