Minister of State Kevin Humphreys launches the Ballivor CE Childcare programme for Co. Meath

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Mr. Kevin Humphreys, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support travelled to Ballivor in Co. Meath this morning (Thursday, 4 December 2014) to launch the Ballivor Community Employment Childcare programme for Co. Meath.

This programme is designed to provide Community Employment (CE) participants on dedicated childcare places in the programme who work directly with children with a programme of formal learning and supervised work experience leading to a FETAC Level 5 Major Award – Childcare Practitioner. The project currently has 67 participants including 2 supervisors and 1 assistant supervisor.

Speaking at the launch Minister Humphreys said: "The Ballivor Childcare project was established by the Department of Social Protection as a pilot scheme in July 2013. So successful was the project in Co. Meath that the Department is extending the scheme nationally. The development of the new programme involved extensive consultation with CE sponsors, childcare service providers in the county, County Childcare Committees and the CE participants themselves. Everybody has contributed to the success of this programme."

Development of the scheme involved the distribution and management of Community Employment childcare places over a number of areas under one umbrella group. The scheme must meet the principles set out by Síolta and Aistear and applies to all childcare places provided on Community Employment.

Minister Humphreys also presented Level 5 FETAC certificates to 11 people who have completed their childcare training. The Minister said: "This childcare programme requires that the participant engages in a FETAC Level 5 Major Award and undertakes study in their own time. It is demanding and requires commitment and dedication from the participant but the training and development of participants to the highest employment-led standard in childcare provides them with the opportunity to get a job."

The Minister concluded his remarks by acknowledging the valuable contribution of the Community Employment sponsors and congratulating all involved in the Ballivor Community Employment Childcare programme and making it such a success: "I am pleased that the Department of Social Protection is providing you with the supports that you need to enable jobseekers get the necessary and essential training and skills in childcare provision that will lead them into employment."


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