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Childcare Conference: Free pre-school scheme is here to stay

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Pre-school Scheme is now a part of the mainstream government funding and parents can be assured that their children will have access to a free year of pre-school just as they take for granted that their children have access to free primary and secondary school education.  This was the core message from Sylda Langford, Director General, The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs speaking at Galway City & County Childcare Committee's 7th Annual Childcare conference last Saturday in the Salthill Hotel. 

Children born between the 2nd of February 2005 and 30th of June 2006 are eligible for a free pre-school place in January 2010 and children born between the 2nd of February 2006 and the 30th of June 2007 can avail of their free pre-school place in September 2010.

The theme of the conference was Nurturing Bright, Balanced Children in Modern Times. While delivering an interactive and informative talk Sue Palmer argued that Love does not equal indulgence".  Sue Palmer, one of the UK's leading child development experts was a special guest speaker at this weekend's childcare conference hosted by Galway City & County Childcare Committee.  Sue's presentation: "Raising bright, balanced children in the modern world" centred on the importance of play, sleep and the appropriate roles of TV, computers and mobile phones in children's lives.  This linked in naturally with Dr. John Sharry's presentation as he stressed that the mantra  "Pause, Think and Plan" could be a foundation to positive discipline.

A list of services participating in the ECCE scheme is available from Galway City & County Childcare Committee phone 091 752039 or email if you'd like a list or if you have any questions about the ECCE Scheme.

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