The Healthy Incentive for Pre-Schools (HIP) Project

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Project Supporter advert


The ‘Healthy Incentive for Pre-schools’ (HIP) project is an ongoing child care intervention in the midlands which aims to evaluate pre-schools’ progress through an incentive scheme to improve pre-school nutrition practices in full day care (FDC) pre-schools.  These provide care for children aged 3 months to 5 years for greater than 5 hours per day.  

The project aims to encourage full day care pre-schools to follow best practice in accordance with particular guidelines given to them, over the course of a year, with the help and support of health worker (HIP Supporter) who is trained to facilitate the pre-school in the award process

The HIP Project Supporter recruitment for counties Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath:

The HIP project is currently seeking tenders for the provision of support to midland pre-schools taking part in the HIP project for 2015.

A number of pre-schools currently participate in the programme (26).  The HIP Project supporter’s role is to give pre-schools assistance in their HIP project related work, and their participation in the award submission process, part of this role will be to visit each pre-school and liaise between the pre-school and community health professionals (dietitians).


The Supporter Role:

The Supporter will carry out the following tasks:

  • Visit each school once in the time allotted to the project tender.
  • Spend one full day in each pre-school observing food and health related practice.
  • Observe and collect pertinent and required information from schools using the HIP Project Scored Evaluation Form, Characteristic Collection Form and Detailed Assessment Form.
  • Compile feedback reports for each pre-school visited and provision of verbal feedback by telephone followed with postal report to each pre-school and liaise with the relevant pre-schools and project supervisor before provision of feedback to services. 
  • Attendance at Supporter training and updates as necessary.
  • Gather relevant information regarding pre-schools progress under the awards scheme.
  • All administration and data inputting attached to pre-school visits and award system.
  • Report on progress at regular intervals (as agreed in timeframe).

The Supporter will liaise with WCDL and the Community Nutrition & Dietetic service on a regular basis with regards to their progress with each individual school.


Person requirements:

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Be a good communicator
  • Evidence of project management experience
  • Degree in Human Nutrition &/ or Dietetics from a recognised third level institute. 
  • Driving licence and access to transport

Successful applicants must submit to Garda Clearance

For all enquiries contact:

Maria Murtagh, Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service, Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. 

Email:;  Phone: 044 93 95518


Tenders to be submitted to:

Mr. Frank Murtagh, WCDL, c/o ACT, Ball Alley Lane, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.



For Project Proposal click here.

Closing Date for tender submission:  21st August 2015.