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Dáil Statements on Mother and Baby Home - Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth

I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes (and certain Matters.)
Published on 13 February 2018
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12.02.2018 €6.8m Grants open for extra Childcare spaces, play areas and maintenance

Childcare centres are being invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 09 February 2018
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02.02.2018 Minister Zappone announces change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectors

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has today (Friday 2nd February, 2018) announced that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency and the INMO (representing Public Health Nurses) have reached an agreement at the Labour Court regarding the future recruitment of Early Years Inspectors within Tusla. Tusla
Published on 02 February 2018
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01.02.2018 2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released. 'Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the publication of application guidelines for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes. These guidelines are to assist providers in making their applications, including a
Published on 01 February 2018
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31.01.2018 Childcare Support Bill 2017:Second Stage Minister's Speech**Check Against Delivery**

Childcare Support Bill 2017: Order for Second Stage Bill entitled an Act to provide for the establishment of a scheme to be known as the Affordable Childcare Scheme under which financial support may be made available to persons in respect of childcare out of resources allocated to the Minister for the purposes of the scheme and to provide for related matters.I am pleased to have
Published on 31 January 2018
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24.01.2018 Opening Statement by Minister Dr Katherine Zappone - Meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

I am very pleased to be here this morning to update the members of this committee on the progress made in the development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme and, importantly, on the success of the measures implemented by my department since September to improve access to affordable, quality childcare.
Published on 24 January 2018
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24.01.2018 Minister Zappone's opening statement in relation to Oberstown Children Detention Campus Joint Oireachtas Committee

I wish to thank the Chairman and members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs for the invitation to meet with you today in relation to the recent HIQA report following the March 2017 inspection of the Oberstown Children Detention Campus.  I am aware that you have
Published on 24 January 2018
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23.01.2018 Childcare Update to be given at Oireachtas Committee

Minister Zappone to address members of Children and Youth Affairs Committee. Huge progress as families of 66,000 children receive extra supports·  Legislation to commence second stage imminently·    IT infrastructure tender request to issue· 
Published on 23 January 2018
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22.01.2018 Designing Accessible Childcare Centres - New Universal Design Guidance to be developed Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affair

A further step is to be taken to make childcare centres accessible to all children with the development of New Universal Design Guidance, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Guidance will be used for refurbishment, renovation and the building of centres.Both
Published on 22 January 2018
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18.01.2018 An bhfuil teacht ag cách ar Oideachas Réamhscoile Saor in Aisce?

Déanfar tuairimí tuismitheoirí agus cleachtóirí réamhscoile a lorg. Ráiteas ón Aire Katherine Zappone 
Published on 19 January 2018
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18.01.2018 Is Free Pre-School Education Accessible to All?Views of parents and pre-school practitioners to be sought - Statement by Minister Katherin

Parents and pre-schools using Government supports to make free childcare accessible to children with disabilities are being invited to give their views on the supports available.The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, is encouraging participation in an Independent Review of the Access Inclusion Model
Published on 18 January 2018
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16.01.2018 Momentum maintained on Affordable Childcare - Childcare Support Bill on Dáil Order Paper for Spring Legislative Programme

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today (Tuesday, 16th January) welcomed the publication of the Government's Spring Legislative Programme 2018. 
Published on 16 January 2018
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12.01.2018 Fógraíonn an tAire maoiniú breise de €3.2 milliúin le haghaidh thacaíochtaí réamhscoile do leanaí atá faoi mhíchumas

 De hAoine 12 Eanáir, 2018Fógraíonn an tAire maoiniú de €3.2 milliúin le haghaidh na coda is déanaí de shraith thacaíochtaí réamhscoile do leanaí atá faoi mhíchumas agus cuireadh an méid sin ar
Published on 12 January 2018
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12.01.2018 Minister Zappone announces additional funding of €3.2 million for pre-school supports for children with a disability

Minister announces funding of €3.2 million for the latest addition to the suite of pre-school supports for children with a disability provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM).AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials,
Published on 12 January 2018
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09.01.2018 Sign language and specialised training offered to childcare centres “We must make childcare accessible to all” Statement by Minister for C

Sign language, sensory integration and other specialised training are being offered free to childcare centres under a plan to make services accessible to all children, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.More than 1,200 hundred places are
Published on 09 January 2018
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