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First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement – Registered Early Years Service & Registered Childminders

Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020. From this date under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the childcare service.

The DCYA has opened a FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered early learning and care services / registered childminders to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course.  To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training.


The training: on completion of this 3-day/18 hr course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services.
Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.To do this is easy; you must submit an application form, with a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course to  WCCC will be processing the payments quarterly; the payment schedule is as follows:
Quarter 1 Quarter 2
Application closing date (for payment in that quarter) 13th March 2020 12th June 2020
Payment dates 27th March 2020 26th June 2020

To apply for the FAR Reimbursement fund, a registered service/ registered childminder must:

  • Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed, either the full 18 hours FAR course or the 12 hours Refresher FAR course since January 1st, 2019.
  • Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
  • Must submit a hard copy of the application form, along with a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate.
Wicklow County Childcare Committee has a list of available FAR trainers (see below) who have expressed an interest in offering the training in County Wicklow.  WCCC are not organising the training courses.  Childcare services will have to contact the training provider to book their FAR training.  In order to re-claim the course cost, an individual must have undertaken the training with a PHECC accredited First Aid Responder (FAR) trainer, from the list below and it must be a PHECC FAR training course.There is only 1 place funded per service.
For further information about the reimbursement process please contact WCCC. 
Please see link below to view a Letter from Tusla containing important information in relation to First Aid Response Training (FAR).

If you have any queries or require further information in relation to this please do not hesitate to contact us on 040464455 or email or you can contact the Early Years Inspectorate at

Letter Re First Aid Response Training

IMPORTANT: WCCC does not offer First Aid training directly and cannot hold responsibility for the quality or certification of courses run by other organisations. This page is provided for information purposes only.





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