The FAR Bursary has been extended until June 2020

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 trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) available at all times.

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.

There will be two remaining applications before the fund closes in June.

Q1.         Application closing date: 13 March 2020                Payment date: 27 March 2020

Q2.         Application closing date: 12 June 2020                    Payment date: 26 June 2020

The fund will be closed in June with no further applications accepted so make sure you get a course booked soon.


All forms must be fully completed and returned to Laois County Childcare Committee, 6 Lismard Court, Portlaoise, Co. Laois or emailed to

Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

All required documents must be attached to the application form. (i.e. Application Form, Receipt and copy of Certificate)

Information provided by the applicant will only be used for the purpose it was intended and will be retained by LCCC for recording purposes.

To download a copy of the FAR Bursary application form please click here

If you have any queries on the above information please do not hesitate to contact Sinead on 057 86 61029 or email

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