Training and Workshops 2020

First Aid Response (FAR) Training update

Training Companies who have expressed interest in delivering FAR training are:  

·              Shannon PT – 061 719583

·              STAC first aid training - dates can be found here

·              Canavan & Byrne - will organise training based on demand

·              First Aid Coaching - hoping to arrange a course over Easter

-                  Platinum safety, 087 6487556

 This list is not exhaustive and you are free to book a course with any PHECC registered FAR training provider.

Please find FAR training dates delivered by Shannon PT. Funding only available until June 2020.

As you may know the requirement for first aid training has been further clarified and identifies FAR - First Aid Response training as meeting the requirements for regulation 25. Below is the link to the Tusla QRF and clarification  on the requirement.
From the 1 June 2020, to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25, there must be at least one person who is FAR certified (First Aid Response) available to the children at all times. The number of people trained in FAR and available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. Where a service provides evidence of a person certified in FAR and being available to the children at all times, the regulatory requirement will be deemed to be met.

The course duration is three full days and it is compulsory to attend all three, you will not receive certification if you miss any of the training.

Course 1:
Saturdays - 25th January, 1st  February , 8th  February

Course 2:
February Midterm – Thursday 20th , Friday 21st , Saturday 22nd February

Course 3:
Easter Break, April – Wednesday 8th , Thursday 9th , Friday 10th April

Course 4:
Saturdays in May – 9th May, 16th May, 23rd May

Details for all courses:
Time:  9.00 – 16.00 pm
Cost:  €250
Location:  Clare County Childcare Committee, 1 Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare

If you wish to book a place on these training dates please contact Shannon PT - 061 719583.

FAR reimbursement will only be available until June 2020. Registered Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.

There is also a Basic first aid course on Saturday Match 7th 
Time:  9.00 – 16.30 pm
Cost:  € 60
Location:  Clare County Childcare Committee, 1 Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare

The above course is suitable for those who wish to refresh their previous Paediatric first aid certification or those who wish to train for the first time to this level.
This course is for those who are not training to First Aid Responder (FAR) Level.

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI)

The NSAI was established in 2016 and is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills (DES), the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), Better Start National Early Years Quality Development and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The purpose of the NSAI is to support the implementation of our two National Frameworks-Síolta and Aistear.

In 2019 the NSAI reviewed and re-developed the Introductory Workshops and the Síolta Awareness Raising Workshops. Clare CCC are delighted to invite you to attend these re-developed workshops in 2020. All workshops for this period will be held in the Clare County Childcare Committee training room, 1 Kilrush, Rod, Ennis. The is no charge to attend these workshops

An Introduction to Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide (3hrs)
Previously two separate introductory workshops: it is now just one workshop. This is a pre-requisite for the NSAI Aistear and Play CPD (delivered through Better Start Quality Development Service).
See three possible dates.

This introductory workshop is aimed at practitioners who would like to increase their understanding of and familiarity with Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide. Participants will have opportunities to consider how they are currently using Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide and how they might begin to explore them further.

An Introduction to Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide

Date & Time

Monday 27th January 6:30-9:30pm
Monday 3rd February 6:30-9:30pm
Monday 24th February 6:30-9:30pm

Síolta Awareness Raising Workshops (3 hrs)
The Síolta Awareness Raising workshops are for those who would like to increase their understanding, awareness and implementation of quality through the 16 Síolta standards.

There were four workshops, now there are three. We are offering two of these for the moment and will make the third available to those in management and supervisory positions later in the year.

Each of the workshops focuses on a particular group of Síolta standards and through individual reflection, small and large group reflection and activities, participants will increase their understanding of and become more familiar with the range of Síolta standards.

Round 1
Workshop A
Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 (3 hrs)
Workshop B
Standards 2, 6, 7, 13, 16 (3 hrs)

Date & Time 

Monday 10th February @ 6:30-9:30pm & Monday 17th February @6:30-9:30pm

Round 2
Workshop A
Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 (3 hrs)
Workshop A
Standards 2, 6, 7, 13, 16 (3 hrs)

Monday 23rd March @ 6:30-9:30pm & Monday 30th March @ 6:30-9:30pm

How to book a place

• Bookings can only be made by email or phone call directly to or ring me on 0867280001. Please do not leave a voicemail- this cannot be taken as a booking.
• You will need to give the name, mobile telephone number and email address of the person attending. Unfortunately bookings cannot be taken without contact details for each person being booked in.
• If you are a manager booking other staff, you will need to confirm that he/ she is fully aware of the training dates, etc. and voluntarily consents to being booked in by the manager.
• You will receive a confirmation email once the booking has been made. At this stage, please let us know if you have any access requirements.
• Reminders will be issued to those booked prior to the training and each person booked is required to confirm their attendance by text, email or phone call at least one week in advance of the workshop.

Child Protection & Welfare Training

Please see two options below for child protection & welfare training.

This training is primarily targeted at Designated Liaison Persons (DLP’S) and Deputy DLP’s that trained in 2016, this includes registered childminders. If you cannot locate your certificate, Clare CCC have training records we can access, to inform you of when you trained.
This training is the current requirement, for those due to refresh their training. Other staff are also welcome to attend.Two bookings per service allowed per training event.

Name of this training:
Always Children First – Child Safeguarding Awareness Training – Foundation for Early Years.

Dates for training and times:

Option 1:
• Wednesday 29th April and Wednesday 6th May 2020: 6.15pm to 9.30pm

Option 2:
• Wednesday 20th May and Wednesday 27th May 2020: 6.15pm to 9.30pm
You are required to attend the two evenings.

Another date, which is now full, has been arranged over 2 evenings on 26th February and 4th March 2020. This training was not advertised, as it was for those that were booked in for training, that was cancelled in December. We also targeted services that were still due to refresh from 2014/2015 cohort, or that were on our active waiting list.

The venue is Clare County Childcare Committee Offices, 1 Kilrush Road, Ennis.

Requirements for booking a place:
You can only book a place on this training if you have completed the Tusla Children First online e-learning module at the link below:

How to book a place:
Please email Miranda Cooke: and attach a copy of the Tusla Children First online e-learning certificate.
You will receive a confirmation email when your booking has been logged onto our booking system.  You will receive your confirmation email on Wednesdays to Fridays. 
Please inform Miranda if you have any access requirements.