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The organisation was set up by a multidisciplinary group of professionals with a long standing involvement in working with children, adolescents and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds. The experiences have been gained as well in Ireland working with children and families as in continental Europe and Canada. The Aim of our work with families and its individual members is to support and encourage the effective functioning of families. The Focus of our work lies in family-strengthening interventions, both in community based and out of home settings. Our Philosophy of working with young people and their families has a strong underpinning and is guided by principles of the continental European Model of Social Pedagogy and incorporates those principles on how we engage with young people, families and how our services are delivered. It is underpinned by a fundamental concept of children, young people and adults as equal human beings with rich and extraordinary potential and considers them competent, resourceful and active agents. Currently, Compass Child and Family Services operates Services in the Mid West Region of Ireland where the counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary meet and from Co.
Referrals for our services are taken from all TUSLA areas. Young people and families can access our services through a referral by TUSLA Child and Family Agency. We are looking forward to hearing from you and will be pleased to discuss your requirements or any further queries with you. 2013-2018 Compass Child and Family Services CLG.
Child care, child minding, or daycare is the caring for and supervision of a child or children, usually ranging from age six weeks to age thirteen. Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, nannies, babysitter, teachers or other providers. Usually children are taken care of by their parents, legal guardians or siblings. Cross-culturally, children caring for children is very common. This informal care includes verbal direction and other explicit training regarding the child’s behavior, and is often as simple as “keeping an eye out” for younger siblings. At home, care is typically provided by nannies, au pairs, or friends and family. The child is watched inside their own home which could expose them to outside children and illnesses.
Nanny agencies will thoroughly check an applicant’s references and run a criminal background check on the successful candidate. Having a nanny could be cheaper than putting multiple children in a daycare setting full time. Nannies could provide stability for the child who gets to have a regular role model in their life. Family child care providers care for children in the provider’s own home. The children could be in a mixed age group with a low adult to child ratio.
Care can also potentially be personalized and individual. The hours may be more flexible and the provider may offer evening and weekend care for parents who work shifts. The cost in a family child care could be significantly lower on average than that of a center. Child care facilities in the US have the option of becoming accredited. This standard is set and regulated by an outside agency. In centers, National Association for the Education of Young Children institutes it.
Licensed or unlicensed home daycare is also referred to as family child care, or in home care. It refers to the care provided to a group of children in the home of a caregiver. State laws differ regarding rules for licensed versus unlicensed care. In Canada, most home daycares are unlicensed, and this is completely lawful. Licensing home daycares in Canada can help greatly with oversight, but at the cost of a large portion of the daycare provider’s pay. In a childcare center, teachers focus on the physical and mental developments of their students. In order to have a greater understanding of the student, teachers in centers must incorporate a relationship with their students that benefits their wants and needs while pushing them toward a higher set of values.