Compliance & Regulations
Childcare and Early Education are strictly regulated industries and Park Academy Childcare has always recognised the necessity of these important professional guidelines. Therefore we adhere to strict policies and procedures which ensure that our children are fully protected and receive the highest quality of care at all times.
Safety and security has been our number one priority right from the start and we are proud of the solid, trustworthy reputation that we have maintained throughout our twenty years in business. Our transparency and dedication have set us apart as childcare providers and this is just one of the many reasons why parents choose us.
We work closely with the following agencies, who are responsible for monitoring our compliance. These organisations assist us in constantly exceeding our high standards.
Tusla are the dedicated Child and Family Agency responsible for the regulation and inspection of all early years settings. The organisation works to ensure that high quality childcare services are delivered to children and families. Tusla regularly carry out inspections in childcare settings around Ireland to assess if providers are meeting all of the necessary requirements and are compliant with the latest industry regulations.
Early Childhood Ireland
Early Childhood Ireland is a non-profit, membership-based organisation which focuses on the comprehensive provision of early childhood care and education in Ireland. The organisation was set up to provide for the best interests of Irish children and their vision places the child at the centre of their work. Early Childhood Ireland are committed to conducting high quality rigorous research and their evaluations inform and influence policy and best practice across the childcare sector. In this way, they assist and support their members in constantly improving the quality of the service that they provide.
Aistear is the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) curriculum for all children under the age of six. It was developed in collaboration with childcare practitioners, researchers, early education professionals, policy makers, parents and children to provide a recognised framework for providers. The Irish word ‘Aistear’ means journey and signifies the beginning of a child’s life long journey in Education. At Park Academy Childcare, all of a child’s learning experiences are guided by the Aistear principles and goals and their progress in recorded in their personal ‘Aistear books’. In this way parents are involved in their child’s learning journey and can celebrate their progress and achievements along the way.
Better Start Quality Programme
A number of our crèches are currently participating in the Better Start Programme which was launched by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, in association with the Department of Education and Skills. The initiative was introduced to promote and improve quality standards in early childhood care and to enhance the standard of care that a young child receives. Our involvement with Better Start has been a hugely positive and beneficial experience, both for our teams and for our families, and we look forward to continuing our work together.
Children First set the national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children in Ireland. In each of our centres there is a specially appointed child protection leader who has trained with Children First and is responsible for implementing child protection regulations.Síolta
Síolta is the National Quality Framework for Early Years Children’s Services working with children from birth to 6 years old. It was developed on behalf of the Department of Education by the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (ECCE). Siolta sets out important standards for children’s services by defining, assessing and supporting the improvement of childcare services. Visit www.siolta.ie for further information.
Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services)
The Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) forms part VII of the Childcare Act 1991 and this section outlines a number of regulations for childcare providers. These regulations relate to areas such as health, welfare and the development of the child, first aid, medical assistance and management and staffing. Stipulations are made for important requirements such as qualifications and Garda vetting. Park Academy Childcare fully adheres to these regulations and are committed to upholding the highest of standards in every area. The full act can be accessed here.