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Launch of Dublin South NEYAI Project

Launch of Dublin South NEYAI Project

 

Through the establishment of Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services a need was identified to have a structure of the highest standard to manage the day-to-day operations of a Community childcare service, with an individual focus on quality development in the service. This was the stimulus for applying for the National Early years Access Initiative (NEYAI) that is a collaborative partnership between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Mount Street Club Trustees, and Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA), the Early Years Education Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills, and Pobal. The South Dublin NEYAI Consortium is one of 11 demonstration projects funded nationally under the National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI). The South Dublin NEYAI Consortium has identified that better outcomes for children, their families and the community as a whole can be secured through the delivery of high quality Early Childhood Care and Education services. The key to delivering on this vision is through up-skilling of the work force. The overall aim of the project is to develop an original and sustainable model for the ‘up-skilling’ of the Early Childhood Care and Education workforce by addressing gaps between training and practice.  South Dublin NEYAI Consortium has identified innovative and learning centered actions, which will focus on improvements in the quality of practices and policies of Staff, Management and Boards of ECCE services, through the development of new roles and relationships, training programmes and models of influence.

8 community-based services will participate in this initiative, with a total of 70+ staff and over 400 children and families. It will be a county wide initiative engaging 4 Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services and 4 services in the Tallaght area. The services in Tallaght are standalone independent companies with voluntary boards of directors.  NEYAI is a four-year initiative (2011-2014) and the overall vision is that better outcomes for children, their families and the community as a whole can be secured through the delivery of high quality ECCE services.  The needs of children and families from areas of disadvantage can be addressed through these services when they are delivered in a way that is sustainable, professional, and accessible and engages in interagency working.  The key to delivering on this vision is through up-skilling of the work force.