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Recording and Slides for CCSP Savers, ECCE, & AIM Level 1 Programme Readiness 1 webinars

Dear Service Provider, CCSP Savers ECCE AIM Level 1 Programme Readiness 1 webinars

Many thanks to all the service providers for their attendance at the CCSP Savers, ECCE, & AIM Level 1 Programme Readiness 1 webinars held recently.

A recording is now available under ‘Recorded webinars’ in the Training Videos section on the Hive.

A copy of the PowerPoint slides used during the trainings and a document containing answers to questions asked during these webinars are also available here.


The Early Years Team

Core Funding – Review and Confirm Reminder

Dear Service Provider,  Core Funding Review Confirm June 2023

Core Funding – Review and Confirm Reminder

This is a reminder the Review and Confirm window is open until Monday 12 June inclusive. If a Partner Service does not complete the Review and Confirm process within the required timeframe, Core Funding payments will be placed on hold until such a time as the process is completed.

Please note, the late submission of a Review and Confirm form noting a decrease to the base rate value will be effective from the change effective date rather than the last day of the review and confirm window.

Preparing for Review and Confirm

Core Funding applications/application changes must be at an Approved status prior to completing the Review and Confirm form.

If your previous application/application change is at ‘Approved’ and you have an application change at a ‘Draft’ status you must abandon the draft application prior to completing the Review and Confirm form.

 If an application is at ‘Referred back’ Service Providers are required to submit an application change to rectify the refer back reason outlined. Once the application change is approved, you must then proceed to complete the Review & Confirm form.

 To support services in completing a Review & Confirm form, a detailed guidance document and tailored training videos are available here.

Core Funding Programme 2023/24

Partner services who have completed the June Review and Confirm process will be able to transfer their most recent Core Funding application data into their new Core Funding application for the 2023/24 programme year. Therefore, partner services are encouraged to complete the June Review and Confirm process as soon as possible within the specified timeframe.

Further information on the Core Funding application process for the 2023/24 programme year will be available in the coming weeks. 

Best wishes,

The Early Years Team

Ministers O’Gorman and Humphreys announce details of My Little Library 2023

From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Published on 8 June 2023 

Last updated on 7 June 2023 Little Libraries 2023

Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, together with Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today launched #MyLittleLibrary2023. This initiative, funded through Dormant Accounts Funding, offers a free book bag with storybooks for children and supportive information for parents for all children starting school in September 2023. 

The aim of the initiative is that all children will start school with storybooks in their homes and as members of their local library.

This year’s initiative builds on the success of My Little Library 2022 when over 46,000 book bags were distributed to children starting school, in their local library. The initiative resulted in over 37,000, 4 and 5-year-old children joining the library.

Roderic OGorman


Speaking today about My Little Library 2023, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce the second year of the First 5 – My Little Library book bag for all the boys and girls leaving pre-school and starting school later this year. I hope that all the families with children starting school will visit their local library and pick up their My Little Library book bag and join the library for a lifetime of stories and reading.

“Thanks to our wonderful libraries across the country for partnering with us on this important initiative.”




 Minister Humphreys added: 

Minister Humphreys

“It is great to see the My Little Library initiative go from strength to strength with the support of the library service. Parents signing their children up as library members are giving them a gift that will last a lifetime.”

Monaghan County Librarian and Chair of the Public Library National Strategic Programmes Committee, Catherine Elliott said:

“Local authority public libraries are delighted to be delivering the My Little Library Book Bag initiative for the second year.

“We look forward to welcoming all of the 4 and 5-year-old children starting school and their families in to collect their book bags and discover the benefits of library membership. Reading is so important for personal development and supporting children as they grow.

“We hope that our new cohort of library members and their families will come back regularly to refill their book bags and take part in all the events and activities we have on offer at the library”.


The First 5 Little Library Initiative 2023 will:

Provide a First 5 - My Little Library book bag to every child starting school in September for collection in libraries across the country.

Offer free library membership, with a specially designed Little Library card wallet, for the children.

Encourage free membership and use of the library to all children and adults in the family.

Include information for parents in each bag to support children prepare for the next stage of their learning journey.

Offer book bags in Irish and English.

The First 5 Little Library Initiative is funded under Dormant Accounts Funding. It delivers on one of the many actions under First 5: the whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children, and their families. This ten-year plan aims to ensure all children in Ireland have positive early experiences and get a great start in life. Find out more at

Annual Early Years Sector Profile Deadline Extension

Dear Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare provider,Important Hive message 07 06 2023
Annual Early Years Sector Profile Deadline Extension
We have extended the original deadline of 6th June to allow more time for services to complete the 2022/23 Annual Early Years Sector Profile survey. The survey will now close at 8pm on Friday 16th June.  Please note that no Core Funding payments have been placed on hold following this newly extended deadline.
Completion of this year’s survey within this window is mandatory for all existing Core Funding Partner Services. If you are contracted into Core Funding and you do not complete the Annual Early Years Sector Profile 2022/23 within the required timeframe your Core Funding payments will be placed on hold until such a time as the process is completed.
Services who wish to become a Core Funding Partner Service for the 2023 programme year must also complete the 2022/23 Annual Early Years Sector Profile survey in advance of submitting their Core Funding application. As well as providing information about the sector, this survey enables the capture of data that will help to monitor the impact of Core Funding on the sector.
Thank you to those services who have already completed the survey and we encourage any remaining services to submit by Friday 16th June.
Kind regards,
The Early Years Team 

MyGovID maintenance

Dear Service Provider,National Childcare Scheme Logo
MyGovID maintenance
The MyGovID site will be unavailable on Thursday 8th June 2023  at 8.00am for a maximum of 2.5  hours.
There will be no interruption to the Early Years Hive, however parents will be unable to verify their MyGovID and log into the NCS Parent Portal during this time.
The Early Years Team

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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