School Age Childcare

Collaboration between NCN and Barnardos culminated in the publication of this great resource

After School Publication 

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After School Quality Development - Information Pack & Service Evaluation System

In recent years numerous studies have been conducted on the benefits of After School in various countries. Research shows that quality After School Services have the potential to impact on: the children who attend; their families; the schools; employers; local communities; society, health and... Click on images to download



This self evaluation tool has been developed and organised in seven units, covering all of the essential elements of an effective school age programme as
identified by a range of researchers (see Halpern, 1999, 2000, Fashola, 2000, Eccles, 1999, Little, 2007, Moloney, 2007):

1. Management
2. Staffing
3. Partnerships and Links
4. Premises and Environment both indoor and outdoor
5. Safety, Health, Hygiene, Nutrition and the Well-being of the Child
6. Consultation and Programme Planning
7. Monitoring and Evaluation

Developing School Age Childcare

In an Irish context, there is a need to provide a childcare facility to meet the care needs of children whose parents’ work or educational timetables are incompatible with school timetables.