The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, in consultation with the Department of Education and Skills, and as part of a wider, national quality agenda for early years services, is establishing a new national initiative to co-ordinate the work of existing State-funded supports for quality in early year’s services and to manage a new support service which will involve early years specialists working closely with individual services. This new service, which has yet to be named, is currently referred to as a specialist support service.
The objective of the National Early Years Quality Support Service is to enhance the quality of practice in early childhood care and education settings and developing their capacity to provide high quality early education and care experiences for children and their families, This will be achieved by effective coordination of state funded support services available to this sector, one of which will be the new specialist support service. The key initial focus for the specialist support service will be to work in partnership with early years education and care practitioners in implementing the guidance contained in Síolta, the National Quality Framework, and Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. It is anticipated that the specialist support service will commence working with early years settings in late 2014.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has engaged Pobal to commission the new service. Pobal is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity working on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion, reconciliation and equality.
Pobal support partnership approaches to decision-making in order to engage communities in the development process at local level and promote co-ordination between communities, State agencies and other stakeholders. Pobal works on an all-island basis with offices in Dublin, Monaghan, Cork, Clifden and Sligo.
As part of the establishment of this new service applications are now being invited for the following positions.
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