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School Age Childcare Policy & Practice Seminar

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Mullingar Park Hotel

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School Age Childcare Policy & Practice Seminar

Developing School Age Childcare Services for the 21st Century

Saturday 17 November 2018

Mullingar Park Hotel

10.30 Official Welcome and Conference Opening

10.40 Key Note Address - Bob Hughes UK Play Theorist

Essential, Exciting and Inspiring Play for School Age Children

11.30 Questions for Bob to inform provision and practice

12.00 Toby Wolfe – DCYA Early Years Division (Quality)

Current & future regulatory context of School Age Childcare Services Q&A

1.00 Light Lunch – Visit exhibits

2.00 Jacqueline O’Loughlin - CEO Playboard NI

Essential Quality Indicators for School Age Childcare Services

2.30 Choice of Workshop or Information session

Please indicate your choice of Workshop or Information Session

1. Supporting Children's Challenging Behaviour in School Age Settings (IS)

2. Different Models of Afterschool Provision (IS)

3. Providing for Broad Based Programmes of Experiences for Different Age Groups (W)

4. Arts Play Through Open-ended Materials (W)

3.30 Plenary - 'Needs and requirements of the sector to deliver 21st Century Services’

4.00 Close

COST € 65.40

As part of NCN’s 21 year celebrations, we are holding a National School Age Childcare Policy and Practice Seminar in Mullingar on Saturday 17th November. Please find the conference details and programme attached. The conference will provide a wealth of information for those currently running services for school age children or who intend to develop a school age childcare service in the future, whether as a standalone or an add on to an existing early years’ service. It will also provide valuable information for others interested in progressing the quality school age childcare agenda, including VCO’s, CCC board members and staff, training agencies and parents.

Our day begins with Keynote Speaker- Bob Hughes, from the UK. Bob is a well-known theorist, advocate and writer on play in all its many forms who has written numerous publications and research papers on play and its importance in the lives of school age children. Bob will also provide an opportunity for conference delegates to pose questions to him on issues concerning both play itself and its importance as a fundamental component of school age childcare services.

Our second Speaker is Toby Wolfe, Principle Officer for Quality (Early Years Division) at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Toby will provide information on the Policy Context for the delivery of School Age Childcare Services. New legislation for school age childcare services, is currently in the pipeline prior to the full roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme in 2019. Toby will also highlight recent work carried out by the DCYA National Working Group, supported by NCN and representatives from many other organisations on the development of future quality standards for school age childcare services.

Following lunch, Jacqueline O Loughlin, CEO of Playboard Northern Ireland will present the second key note address on:
- Essential Quality Indicators for School Age Childcare Services based on her work and experiences across the UK.

Jacqueline is Chairperson of the International Association for Play (NI) and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of PlayBoard’s strategic vision and ensuring the overall direction of the organisation. PlayBoard has many strands of work which are all aligned with supporting, promoting and resourcing play. The organisation also takes great pride in promoting best practice in Play, Playwork and supporting the infrastructure of Play Based School Age Childcare services across Northern Ireland.

Following this presentation, delegates will also have the option of choosing 1 of the following four work- shops/ information sessions

Information Session Presenters

1. Stella O Malley- Strategies for Supporting Children’s Challenging behaviour

Stella is a mental health professional, writer, best-selling author, public speaker and a parent with many years’ experience working in counselling and psychotherapy. Much of Stella's counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the publication of her two bestselling books 'Cotton Wool Kids' in 2015 and 'Bully-Proof Kids' in 2017. Stella’s new book about anxiety will be released in 2019

2. Diane Koplewsky, Director, Sleepy Hollow Group Ltd & Karen Clince CEO Tigers Childcare - Different Models of After School Provision

Diane Koplewsky is Director of the leading Sleepy Hollow Group in Northern Ireland who have been specialising in school age childcare for 15 years operating on school premises. Working with leading and dynamic schools who are forward thinking in order to meet the needs of their pupils and families, she has helped carry out of playwork research on the benefits of this model of school age childcare.

Karen Clince, Founder and CE0 of Tigers Childcare, a childcare provider to over 2000 children across 14 centres. In 2003 she set up one of Ireland’s first after-school childcare facility in St. Vincent’s Primary School in Glasnevin to cater for the growing number of working parents seeking flexible childminding options for their school-going children. Following the rapid expansion of services, the company has recently acquired 3 Bright Horizons Centres and this year has expanded into London, opening a 7000sq ft facility in Elephant and Castle after winning the tender from international developers, Lendlease.

Work – Shop Presenters

1. Linda Lafferty - Planning a Broad Based Programme of Activities

NCN Information Development Officer, Trainer, author of NCN’s Quality Development and Accreditation Programme for After School Services. Linda has worked in a quality development role with NCN for many years in relation to pre-school, school age childcare and childminding services. Recently she worked with members of the National School Age Childcare Working Group, initiated and chaired by the DCYA to develop the first draft of national quality standards for school age childcare services.

2. Shauneen Mc Cusker – Arts Play Through Open Ended Materials

PlayBoard Workforce Play Development Officer. Shauneen has many years’ experience of working with and within in the early years and education sector in Northern Ireland. She is a passionate advocate for children and their right and need to play. Delivering this workshop provides an opportunity for Shauneen to share her knowledge, experience and passion for supporting school age children to develop their creative skills with opened ended materials/loose parts.

The conference plenary session will give delegates an opportunity to highlight what they feel are the Needs and Requirements of Providers for the Future Delivery of SAC Services in the 21st century.


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