Guidance for Providers and Practitioners [Updated 17/01/2023]
This section contains a number of resources that have been developed to guide and assist providers and practitioners for the reopening and operation of their service(s) during COVID-19.
HSE Public Health Advice (17/01/2023)
- HSE Flu, Covid-19 and RSV Memo: 20230105 HSE memo to ELC and SAC services.pdf
- HSE Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinic Memo: Memo Flu Vaccine walk in clinics for chidlren aged 2-17 this week 160123.pdf.
Management of Infectious Diseases in Childcare Facilities and Other Childcare Settings - https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/lifestages/childcare/File,13444,en.pdf
HSE Viral and Bacterial Infections Memo: 20221207-HSE_Memo_CCFs.pdf
Digital pack For Pre-school and Childcare Practitioner
To help practitioners limit the spread of COVID-19 and other infections, a digital pacHSE-MyChild-viruses-childcare-poster-irish-printk is available with various resources and information on the prevention of viral and bacterial infections. You can download the digital pack for use in your pre-school or childcare setting through the links below.
Guidance for you and your sector
The HSE are seeing a significant increase in the rates of RSV infection; a respiratory virus which causes Bronchiolitis in young children. Symptoms of bronchiolitis usually include a runny/blocked nose, mild fever and cough. In babies, however, it can cause more significant difficulties in breathing and feeding and young babies are more likely to need hospital care. More details on Bronchiolitis can be found here:
The 30 City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) are also available to provide advice and support to early learning and care and school age childcare services. Contact details for your local CCC can be found at www.myccc.ie.
HSE Public Health operates a dedicated helpline for ELC/SAC services that provides support for services with a confirmed case of COVID-19. You can access the helpline on 01-5119777.
Practice Supports [Updated 6th May 2021]
This section provides tailored information for Practice Supports.
Pre-school at Home Hub
The Department has established a Pre-School at Home Hub to support parents and practitioners. The Preschool at Home Hub has lots of new and existing resources in one convenient place. Early Learning and Care settings have been asked to connect with families to support the children in their setting. Some guidance to support you in relation to connecting with parents is provided below.
To visit the Pre-school at Home hub click on the link here: Pre-School at Home Hub
FAQs will continue to be updated at appropriate intervals