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Wed, 18:45

Parent Event: More Affordable Childcare with Guest Speaker Paul Gilligan

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Wed 20 September 2017
18:45 - 21:00

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The Aisling Hotel,
8 Parkgate Street, D08 K8P5, Ireland

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Following the announcement and provision of The More Affordable Childcare Scheme by The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin City Childcare Committee is delighted to host a free information session for parents in the Dublin City area.

At this event, information on the National Childcare Funding Programmes will be provided, along with other relevant information on available supports such as the Access and Inclusion Model and tips on choosing childcare. Dublin City Childcare Committee will also be issuing free copies of our new Parent's Guide to The National Funding Programmes 2017-2018.

'Raising Emotionally Healthy Children - the joys and the challenges' by special guest speaker Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick's Mental Health Service. 

Is it getting harder to raise emotionally healthy children? For many parents, the challenge of this seems daunting. The pressure to achieve academically, living in a world dominated by social media and “likes”, the relatively easy availability of drugs and alcohol are all issues which drive many parents to feel they want to wrap their children in a protective blanket. But for most Irish children life is good. Growing up in Ireland has never been safer. There has never been as much opportunity. We are producing emotionally healthy, mature young people who, in general, have a balanced healthy approach to life. How parents are achieving this and how they themselves remain emotionally healthy is the key theme of this talk by psychologist, CEO and author of Raising Emotionally Healthy Children Paul Gilligan.

Special Guest Speaker

Paul Gilligan B.A, M.A, DipClin Psych, RegPsychol, F.Ps.S.I. author of "Keeping Your Child Safe" and "Raising Emtionally Healthy Children" will deliver a special talk to parents on the night.

About Paul Gilligan

Paul Gilligan is a Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council, a former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a former Chairman of the Children’s Rights Alliance. He was a member of the Government established Vision for Change Independent Monitoring Group and Garda Vetting Implementation Group.  Before taking up his current post with St. Patrick’s, he was Chief Executive of the ISPCC.  He is author of two parenting books “Keeping Your Child Safe” (2008), and Raising Emotionally Healthy Children (2015). He is an internationally recognized Children’s Rights Advocate and a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

About Dublin City Childcare Committee

Dublin City Childcare Committee is one of 30 City and County Childcare Committees operating nationally. We are the first point of contact for anyone seeking advice, information or support in relation to early childhood care and education within Dublin City. Our focus is to develop, support and enhance early childhood services in Dublin City.

One of Dublin City Childcare Committee's key objectives is to work with parents and families to provide support and advice in sourcing the best possible early years’ solution to meet their family’s needs and circumstances.

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  • Disabled parking spaces
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Dublin City Childcare Committee CLG
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Dublin City Childcare Committee (DCCC) is one of 33 City and County Childcare Committees (CCC) operating nationally. DCCC receives direction and is mandated at policy level by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and by Pobal. The main focus of DCCC is to encourage the development of childcare locally. Dublin City Childcare Committee offer a wide variety of services to early years providers, childminders and practitioners in the Dublin city area including advice on setting up a childcare business, sustainability and business support; training and development courses and advice and support on applying for Childcare Funding programmes. DCCC also provide support and advice to parents in sourcing the best early years solutions to meet their family's needs and circumstances.