FAR Bursary is NOW open for applications. 

Longford CCC First Aid Response (FAR) Communications

Final Chance to claim FAR Reimbursement

FAR regulatory requirement extension to November 2021

Please be informed that due to the ongoing pandemic, Tusla has provided an extension to FAR regulatory requirement for all registered Early Learning and Care (ELC), School Age Childcare (SAC) and Childminders (CM) providers.

Tusla will therefore align their regulatory activity with this extension and only commence inspecting against this requirement from 1st November 2021. At that time, Tusla will expect at least one person(s) to have successfully undertaken the First Aid Response (FAR) course to be available to children at all times in a service and will inspect services on that basis. 

Please see link below for further Tusla communications on this regulatory extension.

https://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/early-years-pre-school-inspection-services/first-aid-training-in-early-years-services/

FAR reimbursement extension to 31st October

Due to Covid-19 pandemic public health restrictions, the practical training element of FAR courses were put on hold, as a result Tusla and the Dept of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) have agreed to extend the reimbursement timeframe to meet this regulatory requirement to 31st October 2021.

To support services to meet their regulatory requirement the DCEDIY has extended and altered the FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered ELC, SAC and CM, to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course.  

Key Points to remember in completing a FAR Reimbursement Application to XCCC

  • Please read attached Reimbursement Application form for eligibility criteria and dates for application submittal and payment schedules
  • Training must be completed by 31st October 2021
  • Completed FAR Reimbursement application form must be accompanied by a PHECC accredited FAR certificate and a copy of training payment receipt

Things to consider prior to engaging in FAR training

Before undertaking in FAR training Registered Providers should ensure the following:

  • That the training is being offered by a PHECC Approved Training Institution listed here.
  • That the company is adhering to public health guidance and social distance measures for face-to-face training
  • That the company you choose to do online training with will also be able to offer the practical part of the course as well as the assessment in a place and at a time that will suit you
  • 8 is the maximum participant limit in regard to face-to-face courses
  • That the practical element of training can be completed before 31st October
  • That the training company can provide you with your accredited cert by final payment date 10th December

Claiming partial subsidy:

If you applied for partial reimbursement on completion of online theory training, and you have now completed the practical element of the course, providers can apply to Longford CCC for the remaining amount of 1/3 course cost, by submitting a copy of PHECC accredited FAR certificate.

This FAR reimbursement is an opportunity for you as a Tusla registered provider to access financial support to meet this regulatory requirement, you are entitled to it so we would strongly encourage you to avail of it. 

Please note there will be no extension by the DCEDIY to support funding beyond 31st October 2021.

FAR Reimbursement Form Attached for return via email to:

Bernie Greene – bernie@longfordchildcare.ie 

Please contact Bernie Greene on 043 3342505 or 087 9654179 for further information

List of FAR trainers

Far trainers

First Aid Response (FAR)

First Aid Response and First Aid Responder. The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has established the First Aid Response standard. It offers training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set, including ‘cardiac first response’ – that is, providing first aid to someone having a heart attack or other heart-related issue. The PHECC standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements
that a person known as ‘First Aid responder’ may need in emergency circumstances. 

Tusla recognises PHECC’s First Aid Response Education and Training Standard when delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC. It sees it as meetingthe required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in Early Years registered services. All successful course participants are given joint PHECC /Recognised Institution FAR certificates. The certificate expires after two years. Candidates may then re-certify if they wish.

From the 1 November 2021, to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25, there must be at least one person who is FAR certified (First Aid Response) available to the children at all times. The number of people trained in FAR and available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. Where a service provides evidence of a person certified in FAR and being available to the children at all times, the regulatory requirement will be deemed to be met .

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC): 

PHECC is the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland whoserole is to protect the public. PHECC is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospitalemergency care. PHECC also maintain a statutory register of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners. Further information available at: www.phecit.ie/.

Early Learning and Care Services can now get reimbursed for the cost of full or refresher FAR training. 

You can claim for one person to be trained per service. In order to claim, you must complete the form and submit with the staff member’s training cert and the receipt for the cost of the training. 

The list of training providers attached is not exhaustive, and you are not obliged to use a trainer from our list. You can use the PHECC approved training provider of your choice.