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Significant improvements to new Childcare Scheme Announced

Significant improvements to new Childcare Scheme Announced. Review of Community Childcare Subvention Scheme ahead of schedule allows for key improvements.
Published on 18 December 2007
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Minister for Children launches Childcare Forum Report for Dublin Docklands Authority and 135 million euro allocated to Dublin area for childcare

Minister for Children launches Childcare Forum Report for Dublin Docklands Authority and 135 million euro allocated to Dublin area for childcare on 12 December 2007
Published on 12 December 2007
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Minister Smith welcomes significant uptake of new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme in County Monaghan on 10 December 2007

Mr. Brendan Smith, T.D., Minister for Children has welcomed the significant uptake of the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme in County Monaghan. Speaking at the launch of the Strategic Plan for Monaghan County Childcare Committee, the Cavan / Monaghan Deputy and Minister confirmed that the vast majority of childcare providers in County Monaghan who are in receipt of
Published on 10 December 2007
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Minister for Children launches a new way of working in children's health and social services

'The Agenda for Children's Services reflects a fundamental change in how Government policy in relation to children is formulated and delivered. The new policy approach involves integrated delivery of services in partnership with children, young people, their families and their communities' stated Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Children. The Minister was speaking at the launch of The Agenda for Children's Services: A Policy Handbook and a series of Reflective Questions for policy-makers, HSE Senior managers and front-line managers and practitioners.
Published on 10 December 2007
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Minister for Children hosts Barnardos' Spirit of Christmas fundraising event on 7 December 2007 in Dublin Castle.

Minister for Children hosts Barnardos' Spirit of Christmas fundraising event on 7 December 2007 in Dublin Castle.
Published on 07 December 2007
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Minister for Children confirms significant uptake for new Childcare Subvention Scheme on 7 December 2007

Minister for Children confirms significant uptake for new Childcare Subvention Scheme. Transitional arrangements working - Smith on 7 December 2007.
Published on 07 December 2007
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Minister for Children welcomes €71 million budget boost for childcare on 5 December 2007

Minister for Children welcomes €71 million budget boost for childcare on 5 December 2007. Brendan Smith, TD, Minister for Children has welcomed a €71 million increase in budget funding for his Office as a 'significant boost in helping parents meet the costs of childcare'.
Published on 05 December 2007
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Launch of: The Review of the operation of the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR) and A Standardised Framework for the Provision of

Launch of: The Review of the operation of the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR) and A Standardised Framework for the Provision of a National Information and Tracing Service on 22 November 2007 in Adoption Board, Shelbourne House.
Published on 22 November 2007
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Minister for Children launches Family Group Conference Forum (NI) Conference “All Ireland Conference – Because Families Matter” on 15 November 2007 i

Minister for Children launches Family Group Conference Forum (NI) Conference “All Ireland Conference – Because Families Matter” on 15 November 2007 in Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan.
Published on 15 November 2007
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Government will not walk away from 1.1 Billion Euro investment in Community based Childcare 7 November 2007

New Childcare Subvention Scheme will be adjusted if necessary to ensure that low income families do not lose out.
Published on 07 November 2007
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Minister for Children Opens the Irish Foster Care Conference

Minister for Children Opens the Irish Foster Care Conference on 3rd November 2007. Brendan Smith T.D., Minister for Children, today congratulated the Irish Foster Care Association for their tireless work in aid of foster carers and children in foster care over the last 26 years.   
Published on 03 November 2007
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Minister for Children committed to raising standards of care and safety in Childcare Sector

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith, T.D. is keenly aware of public concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of children who are cared for in a pre-school service and has expressed his concerns to the HSE in regard to the events recently reported.
Published on 30 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches new publications for National Children's Nurseries Association (NCNA) on 25th October 2007

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D., today officially launched the new National Children's Nurseries Association publications 'Guiding Childcare Practitioners through Observations, Planning and Reflection' and 'Quality Matters'.
Published on 25 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches Children Acts Advisory Board Annual Conference in Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny on 23 October, 2007.

At the first National Conference of the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB), Brendan Smith, T.D., Minister for Children said 'in the past year we have seen some very important developments in the arena of child protection.
Published on 23 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches Teen Parents Support Programme National Conference in Croke Park on 18th October 2007

Minister for Children Brendan Smith, T.D., spoke today at the Teen Parents Support Programme (TPSP) National Conference, the theme of which is “Teen Dads : The Neglected Parents – engaging with and supporting young fathers”.
Published on 18 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches One in Four Annual Report on 16 October 2007.

Minister for Children Brendan Smith, T.D., today launched the One in Four 2006 Annual Report.
Published on 16 October 2007
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Minister urges Parents to assist community-based childcare services to apply for funding under new scheme

The Minister for Children, Mr. Brendan Smith T.D., today called on parents with children in State funded community-based childcare services, to support their service providers in the coming weeks in applying for funding under the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS)
Published on 16 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches Roscommon County Childcare Committee Strategic Plan and a Support Pack for Childminders

Minister for Children launches Roscommon County Childcare Committee Strategic Plan and a Support Pack for Childminders - 15 October 2007
Published on 15 October 2007
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Minister for Children launches Listening to Children: Children's stories of domestic violence on Thursday 11 October 2007

Minister for Children Brendan Smith TD, today welcomed the publication of important information on how children experience domestic violence and how the services they access can help to support them. The Minister was speaking at the launch of 'Listening to Children: Children's stories of domestic violence' by Fergus Hogan and Máire O' Reilly.
Published on 11 October 2007
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€8.9 million invested in Letrim Childcare

Minister for Children opens new Childcare Facility at Dromod, Co Leitrim on 5th October, 2007.
Published on 05 October 2007
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