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Bursaries

FAR Regulations for Early Years Services

As you are aware under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020.  From then under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has always trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) available .

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Tusla and Dept of Children and Youth Affairs have agreed to extend the time frame to meet this regulatory requirement to February 2021. In addition, for those staff that already have FAR certification which has now expired or is due to expire – their certificates will remain valid until courses are up and running again.

In order to help services to complete their FAR training in 2020, CCC’s will part-pay the subsidy to services who have undertaken the on-line theory part of the FAR course. The rest of the subsidy will be paid once the practical part of the course has been completed and on presentation of the full certificate. Further detail found below.

Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.  To do this is easy; you must submit the attached application form with a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course. The maximum that can be claimed is €225 per full course and €175 per refresher course.

The training: on completion of this 3-day/18 hr course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services.

Time frame for applications:
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Application closing date (for payment in that quarter)
17th June 2020
18th September 2020
11th December 2020
Payment dates
24th June 2020
25th September 2020
18th December 2020

The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will continue to process the FAR applications.

To apply for the FULL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:

  • Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the full 18 hours FAR course or the 12 hours Refresher FAR course since January 1st, 2019.
  • Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
  • Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate.

To apply for the PARTIAL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:

  • Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the two day online theory element of the full FAR course or the one day online theory element of the refresher FAR course since the Public Health restrictions have been put in place
  • Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
  • Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the letter from the PHECC accredited trainer guaranteeing that the employee has secured a place for the practical element of the FAR course. In this instance a maximum of 2/3 of the Bursary will be paid with the remaining paid on receipt of a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate

To make a claim for reimbursement please contact Cork City Childcare for an application form on 021 4310500 or email info@corkcitychildcare.ie