Dublin City Childcare Committee: Trainers / Facilitators to a Tutor Panel

Dublin City Childcare Committee

Dublin City Childcare Committee: {DCCC}

Dublin City Childcare Committee wish to recruit Trainers / Facilitators to a Tutor Panel.

The Context:

DCCC as a key local agent provides training, mentoring and support programmes to the Early Learning & Care and School Age Services throughout Dublin City. The provision of training workshops/webinars is a core objective of DCCC and to provide comprehensive and up to date training, DCCC wishes to recruit suitably qualified trainers/facilitators to its tutor panel.

The supports and training programmes should be tailored to meet the needs of the following stakeholders.

  1. Boards of Management of Community run, not for profit, services
  2. Managers employed by the Board of Management
  3. Managers/Owners of private services
  4. Practitioners {those who work directly with children}.

Training classifications and areas of expertise required:

Governance and Management: {Stakeholder- Boards of Management}
The goal of this category of support and training requirement is to enable Boards of Management to meet its regulatory requirements and ensure best practice in the company’s governance. This will involve:

  • Employment law {specific reference to changes and updates in employment legislation and how to avoid common legal pitfalls}
  • HR and employment law clinics: HR experts available to be contracted to hold HR clinics with individual Boards of Management.
  • The Governance Code: the duties of the charity trustees {Directors of the company}, the requirements of the code and how to offset risk to the company}.
  • Board of Management training: Training to support Directors in their role as Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. On site facilitated sessions to engage Boards of Management with the Manager to explore reporting and supporting structures that are framed around the core areas of responsibility; provision of high quality ELC services, supporting the health, wellbeing of employee and financial accountability and management.

Enhancing managerial skill and knowledge base: {Stakeholders – Managers (not for profit) & Managers/Owners of private services}

  • Employee support programme – developing an employee support programme consisting of multiple layers of support, both external and internal. Resource list of wellbeing programmes, counselling services etc to be designed to the unique circumstances of each service.
  • Support and supervision – Different styles and methods of supervision and how best to facilitate employee participation and ownership of the supervision process.
  • Personal effectiveness and communication skills: modular programmes to explore communication skills and their application to the presenting context, for example coaching. Counselling, negotiating etc.
  • First time Managers: Modules to explore the core competencies of Management and the organisational systems needed to support day to day operations while simultaneously providing for the consistent implementation of policies and procedures.
  • All things recruitment: Planning and organising a full cycle recruitment process, developing the job description, behavioural and competency questioning techniques and a corresponding scoring system. Final stage of character checks for potential candidates, templates to be supplied.
  • Communicating with parents – a designed and agreed communication strategy for each ELC & SAC provider that makes use of multiple options, social media platforms, txt/email messaging and face to face forums. Modules to explore the value, pitfalls, and appropriateness of each method of communication, as applied to the parent/provider relationship. Policy templates, outlining social media and communication protocols for employees and parents to be shared during the training.
  • Financial Management: The foundations of sound financial management for a small- medium size business and how to develop user friendly accounting systems. Workshops to also supply financial templates, cash flow, income and expenditure, forecasting.
  • IT skills training: Basic and intermediary IT skills training for ELC and SAC Managers/Owners.

Quality based provision – {Stakeholder’s practitioners and parents}

  • Outdoor play: Play enthusiasts to facilitate ELC and SAC practitioners to explore opportunities for outdoor childhood experiences. Practical, hands on workshops with practitioners to create fun learning experiences and activities that utilise a range of skills attached to developmental milestones.
  • Play and creative therapies: Play therapists to work on site to assist practitioners to engage with a child and family experiencing difficulties. Workshop/modules to equip practitioners to support children through creative interventions {nature, role plays, storytelling, imaginative play} experiencing trauma.
  • Child wellbeing and mental health: understanding children’s mental health and strategies to assist children’s recovery and resilience within the ELC and SAC service. Workshops on understanding the impact on children of covid 19 lockdowns and how to support the transition back to services over the longer term.
  • Bereavement and loss: Facilitators/trainers to deliver online/face-to-face and /or work onsite to deliver workshops with the full team following a bereavement. Multifaceted training required to support practitioners to offer support to children and families following loss and or in the event of bereavement of a team member.
  • Children with additional needs/disabilities: Workshop/modules to enhance practitioner’s understanding and development of a proactive approach to increase their skills in activity and curriculum planning. In addition, giving consideration to individual behaviour/care support plans for children with additional needs/disabilities.
  • Transitions: workshops on supporting various transitional processes of young children, e.g. family structure transitions, transitions from home to childcare, from preschool to school, etc.
  • Positive engagement with children experiencing challenging behaviours: to address understanding of emotional and behavioural challenges in children; to develop practical skills and strategies to help children positively cope and self-regulate.

Selection Criteria and Process:

  • Experience: Each EOI will be assessed according to its track record of training and facilitating.
  • Qualifications: Candidates should list relevant qualifications, including areas of expertise and level of educational attainment.
  • Competencies: IT skill and social media skills are required to enable smooth and professional training delivery via online platforms.
  • Value for money: candidates should list ‘all in costs’ per hour for training, to include all anticipated costings. Please note travel expenses will not be provided by DCCC.
  • DCCC recruitment subcommittee: Following appraisal of the above selection criteria a DCCC subcommittee will invite applicants to an online interview. Recommendations of the sub committee will be made to the DCCC Board of Management for approval.


  • All trainers/training companies will be contracted on a self-employed basis and are therefore responsible for tax compliance.
  • All in costings will be agreed prior to training rollout and will form the basis of the contracting process.
  • DCCC develops an annual training calendar designed according to national policy objectives and the emerging needs of ELC & SAC services. Training programme priorities are subject to change and candidates will be matched to learning programmes over a short to medium term basis.
  • Evaluation and review: Trainers will be committed to measuring satisfaction and effectiveness of training and supplying results to DCCC.
  • All records, data collation must adhere to GDPR requirements and personal data be anonymised.
  • In accordance with National Public Health Guidelines and when safe to do so, training programmes will be offered via online platforms and through face-to-face training.

A completed expression of Interest form to be returned via email to info@dccc.ie:

Closing Date: Friday the 21st of May 2021

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Date Entered/Updated
30th Apr, 2021
Expiry Date
21st May, 2021