Introduction - Information

This area of the website provides access to resources that will inform the delivery of both early childhood and school age childcare services, guided by:-

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 2021)>>

Tusla COVID Re-opening Checklist (2020)>>

TUSLA Quality Regulatory Framework (2018) >>

First 5 A Whole of Government Strategy for Babies, Children and
Families (2018) 

Better Outcomes Brighter Futures, the National Policy framework for
Children and Young people (2014-2020)  >>

CYPSC Children & Young People Services

Síolta >> The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education

Aistear >> The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework

In seeking to raise awareness of both frameworks with the sector and parents, NCN has worked to produce a range of information resources which include; posters, leaflets, and DVDs. NCN has also shared and informed the production of many publications produced by Barnardos and informed the production of the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide >> produced by NCCA.

Valuable resources produced by other organisations including the Department of Education Northern in Northern Ireland (DENI) are also made available through the NCN website to inform service delivery. These include; Learning Through Play in the Early Years>> and Learning Outdoors in the Early Years >>.


• The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child >>

Healthy Ireland >> 
  the national framework to improve the health and well-being of
  the people of Ireland

School Age Childcare Services

Informing the delivery of School Age Childcare services has been informed by the 2005 Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform report Developing School Age Childcare >>. In working to further inform those working in the School Age Childcare care area, NCN produced a number of resources for the After School sector. These include:

• School Age Childcare Key Issues (2020) document here>>
  A series of posters depicting After School activities >>
• A Quality Development Information Pack for After School services >>
• A Service Evaluation System for After School services >>

Working with Barnardos NCN produced an additional resource on:

Providing Inspirational After School Services >>