Quality Projects

This section of our website is due to be updated shortly to outline current quality projects taking place with Clare County Childcare Committee such as the Aistear workshops and coaching pilot.

Clare County Childcare Committee (Clare CCC) Supporting Quality in Childcare Services in Clare

Clare CCC values their role in supporting quality in childcare services in Clare.  All quality projects we support are in line with relevant national quality frameworks and curricula developed for this sector.

A number of projects focusing on different aspects of quality are/have been supported by Clare CCC over the last number of years in order to support quality development in the sector:

Making Connections Project

Enhancing the Provision of Outdoor Play Pilot Project

Pre-school Education Initiative for Children from Minority Groups (part of a National Initiative under Dormant Accounts Strand Two Funding)

Please click on the link below for information on Better Start - The National Early Years Quality Development Service:

https://www.pobal.ie/BetterStart/Pages/Home.aspx

Making Connections Pilot Project:

Clare CCC ran a pilot project titled Making Connections.  We worked with 5 services in Clare; 1 full day, 2 sessional and 2 childminders. The project ran from October 2011 to June 2012. This work is now continuing.

The aim of this pilot project was to assist services to:
• Demonstrate their programme and evidence of children’s learning which inspectors look for on the day of inspection.
• Keep up to date with the changing criteria used for the inspection of Regulation 5: Health, Welfare and Development of the Child in the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2006.
• Become more familiar with relevant Quality Frameworks e.g. Síolta and Aistear and other bodies of work that might improve on the quality of service that they provide for children.

Outline of the Project:
• Introductory Workshop
• Art Workshop
• Layout Workshop
• Programme of Activities Workshop
• Observation and Documentation Workshop
• Outdoor Play Workshop

Mentor visits were carried out by Clare CCC staff and workshop facilitators. 

Enhancing the Provision of Outdoor Play Pilot Project:

Clare CCC ran a pilot project on Enhancing the Provision of Outdoor Play. The project included working with all the staff in the Bridge Kids full day care service in Sixmilebridge. This aim of this project is to promote the importance of outdoor play and to identify ways of enhancing the learning in outdoor spaces.  The project included meetings with staff, a presentation to all the staff, the staff themselves reflecting on their outdoor space and making plans, with follow up visits and advice by Clare CCC staff. 
 

Pre-school Education Initiative for Children from Minority Groups:

This initiative began in 2011. Clare CCC had the lead role in the delivery of this initiative on behalf of 32 city and county childcare committees.

The initiative has included:
• The FETAC Level 5 module on Diversity and Equality in Childcare being delivered nationwide.
• A mentoring programme for the staff that have been participating in the training programme.
• A DVD for training was produced as part of this initiative.

Five childcare services in Clare have been participated in this programme. The initiative was evaluated and is now completed.

Please click here to read two participant's perspectives on this initiative.


Please click here to download the Evaluation Report (7.26MB).

Please click here to download the Summary Report (1.33MB)

Resources Supporting Quality

Step by Step Guide to becoming a Professional Childminder:

The Step by Step Guide is an invaluable tool for all childminders who care for children in their own home, assisting childminders to plan and organise their childminding service. For childminders caring for 3 or less children, it will enable them to meet the requirements to voluntary notify their childminding service to the Clare CCC. 

This pack  provides detailed and practical information and easy to follow guidelines to becoming a Childminder and covers  areas such as tax relief, appropriate policies and procedures, health and safety awareness, insurance, Garda vetting, notification, a flexible daily routine, training etc.

The pack is available from the Clare CCC offices.

Clare CCC offices: 065 6864862