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21.12.2017 2018 Childcare Capital Programme to top €6.8m. 'Play areas, extra spaces and maintenance to be supported' - Applications to open in

Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by €6.8m in capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. The Minister is also confirming that applications will open in February to ensure children of all
Published on 21 December 2017
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15.12.2017 Minister announces details of clubs awarded funding under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme. Almost 1600 community youth clubs and gro

Friday 15th December 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today announced details of the almost 1,600 youth projects and groups awarded grants under the €6.35m Local Youth Club Equipment
Published on 15 December 2017
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15.12.2017 Reviewing laws for children in crisis – Consultation begins'Laws to be updated to reflect a quarter of a century of change' - Statement

Friday 15th December, 2017The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is inviting written submissions in the context of reviewing the 1991 Child Care Act. This follows on from a Government commitment to “review, and if necessary, reform the Child Care Act 1991.”The
Published on 15 December 2017
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14.12.2017 Bille um Thacaíocht Chúram Leanaí foilsithe. Cuirfidh an Bille taca faoi Scéim Úr Chúram Leanaí Inacmhainne.Tugann an tAire Leanaí agus Gn

Tá an Bille um Thacaíocht Chúram Leanaí 2017 foilsithe agus rachaidh sé trí Thithe
Published on 14 December 2017
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14.12.2017 Childcare Support Bill published. Bill will underpin the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Kathe

The Childcare Support Bill 2017 has been published and will proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks. The bill is an essential element in development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which will
Published on 14 December 2017
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12.12.2017 Minister Zappone publishes Expert Technical Group Report on the site of the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home Public consultation will info

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today (12/12/17) published the Report of the Expert Technical Group (ETG) entitled Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway. 
Published on 12 December 2017
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11.12.2017 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announces the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015

Statement by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs11th December, 2017Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015.  These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to
Published on 11 December 2017
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09.12.2017 Sex education, gender-neutral toilets and more inclusive sports demanded by LGBTI+ Young People“Ground-breaking consultation must inform f

Calls for better sex-education, gender neutral toilets and more inclusive sports from a ground-breaking consultation of young people on LGBTI+ issues must lead to action, according to the Minister for Children
Published on 09 December 2017
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06.12.2017 Parents of Children with Disabilities to be consulted on proposed changes to 'overage exemption' in free pre-school programme

Planned changes to exemption paused to allow for full consultationStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Wednesday, 6th December 2017Parents of children with disabilities are to be consulted on plans to change current rules of the free pre-school programme, according to the Minister for Children and Youth
Published on 06 December 2017
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06.12.2017 Dáil na nÓg calls for 'Equality' in schools.

Achieving equality and fairness in schools is the top priority for young people according to a vote at today's Dáil na nÓg, the country's national youth parliament.
Published on 06 December 2017
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05.12.2107 Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: Third Interim Report

Extension of time to ensure crucial questions are fully addressed New Collaborative Forum will give a strong voice to former residents UN Special Rapporteur to be invited to assist Ireland in responding to issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TDTuesday 5th December, 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has
Published on 05 December 2017
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04.12.2017 Capital 2018 Announcement

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is delighted to announce that there will be an Early Years and a School Age Childcare Capital Programme in 2018.  The purpose of this announcement is to alert childcare services about the upcoming programme and give time to prepare to apply for the grants.  Strands This year's programme call will consist of 5 Strands. -    Strand 1:  Expansion of an existing facility
Published on 04 December 2017
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24.11.2017 Family Resource Centres receive €2.1 million in additional funding

Communities across the country to benefit as grants must be used by Christmas 2017.Family Resource Centres around the country are receiving an additional €2.120 million in funding to fund small works and the upgrading of equipment. The 'one-off' funding is being provided through Tusla – Child and Family Agency and according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine
Published on 23 November 2017
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16.11.2017 Urgent need for Radical Childcare Approach highlighted in EU findings“Accessible affordable quality childcare a goal worth fighting for”St

The need to continue the radical new approach to childcare has been highlighted by the latest EU findings showing Ireland continues to invest less than its neighbours, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine
Published on 16 November 2017
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13.11.2017 Minister Zappone Launches “Hub na nÓg

Young Voices in Decision Making.”Launch of innovative new National Centre for Excellence that will focus on including the voice of young people in decision making Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Published on 13 November 2017
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09.11.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes Report on the Provision of Foster Care in Ireland by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Katherine Zappone, T.D, today welcomed the publication of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs' report on the provision of foster care services in Ireland.Speaking today the Minister said, “I'm grateful to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for
Published on 09 November 2017
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07.11.2017 Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage o

Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage of the Independent
Published on 07 November 2017
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06.11.2017 'So, how was school today?' Ground Breaking Research Launched - Young people respond in their thousands to have their say about school -


Published on 06 November 2017
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01.11.2017 Gardaí studying with NY's Finest - Minister Zappone meets McCabe Scholarship Gardaí

Two Gardaí studying in New York under scholarships honouring murdered Limerick Detective Jerry McCabe briefed Children's Minister Katherine Zappone on their specialised studies during her child protection fact finding visit to the City.Gardaí Darren Coventry Howlett from Dublin and Mary Walsh from Mayo are studying side by side with NYPD and other law
Published on 01 November 2017
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31.10.2017 Eleven More Children from 'jungle' camp being assessed for new life in Ireland. Minister Zappone reaffirms Ireland's commitment to lone

Eleven lone children of the migrant crisis are undergoing assessment for an opportunity to restart their lives in Ireland, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed in
Published on 31 October 2017
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