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Information for Service Providers

Better Start 
Quality Development Service is an “on-site” mentoring service which supports providers in implementing the quality standards of Siolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, and Aistear, The National Early Years Curriculum Framework. The Early Years Specialists will work in early childhood education and care settings, (full day care or preschools) with managers and staff to develop and implement quality development goals and actions based on the Siolta and Aistear frameworks.

These goals and actions will be focussed on prioritising the needs and interests of the children using the service. There is no charge for the Quality Development Service and it is flexible and adaptable. The Early Years Specialist will mentor staff in implementing their plans over an agreed time period. The service is flexible and adaptable to work within the demands and constraints of a busy early childhood education and care service.

If you are interested in receiving the Better Start Quality Development Service you should contact your local CCC who will request the service from Better Start on your behalf. If the Better Start Quality Development Service can respond to the request an Early Years Specialist will arrange to visit you in your setting. She/he will discuss which aspects of practice you would like to work on.  The Early Years Specialist will work with you and your staff to make a joint assessment of your service using the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide. On completion of the joint assessment, your goals and plans to develop quality will be agreed and timeframes for the delivery of the service will be set.

The Early Years Specialist will usually be assigned to work with you and your service for 6 months. You can both agree the frequency of visits and quality goals to be achieved.  She/ he will work with individual staff and the staff team.

It is helpful if the service can assign one staff member to be the Quality Liaison Person to be the contact for the Early Years Specialist during the process.

Better Start is fully compliant with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) and also Pobal's policy on Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Please see our Information for Service Providers Leaflet

Please see our Better Start Criteria (Nov-16).pdfBetter Start Criteria

Please see our Steps to quality development.pdfSteps to Quality Development

Click here to see the contact details for individual CCCs.