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Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance​

HIVE Maintenance

Dear Service Provider,

The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable today (20 January) at 5pm for up to 2.5 hours due to maintenance.

After this time, you will need to refresh your web browser to access the portal again.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Thank you,
The Early Years Team

UPDATED 18.01.2022 - Covid Guidance & Advice Documents

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Click link to download - Isolation quick guide for parents and guardians of children older than 3months and up to 13 years of age


Click link to download - Isolation Quick Guide Adults and children from their 13th birthdayth birthday


Click link to download - FAQs for schools, early learning and childcare and school-age childcare managers or those hosting sports/social activities for children aged 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school

Click link to download - Quick Guide for Schools/Childcare Facilities - Management of cases and close contacts of COVID-19

Click link to download - Quick guide to Public Health advice for cases and contacts for non-variant of concern, including Omicron and Delta

For future reference all updated documents are linked on the First 5 website




Announcement - Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021

Pobal updates

The DCEDIY and Pobal wish to advise all Early Learning and Care and School Aged childcare services the Grant Programme for Improved Ventilation and Outdoor Play 2021 is being re-opened for applications. The application will open today, 18th January at 3pm, and will close on Monday 31st January at 5pm.

**Please note there has been a change to the eligible items that can be purchased under this grant, services can now purchase grade FFP2 face masks with this grant funding**

Services that have already submitted an application and/or have been paid can claim grade FFP2 face masks as eligible, as long as the items were purchased during the eligible spend window of this grant, between 13th December 2021 and 30th June 2022.

For more information on how to make an application and on what items are eligible to be purchased please see the applicant guidelines here.

It is important to note that if you wish to make an application under this grant, you should do so as soon as possible.


FAQs to support Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC)for children aged 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school.

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FAQs to support Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC)for children aged 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school.

UPDATED 10th January 2022 - Version 2.2

Published 11th Janurary 2022

​​Invitation to NCS Refresher Webinar

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Dear Service Provider,

Pobal’s Early Years Training Team would like to invite you to an NCS refresher webinar next week.

The following topics will be covered in the webinar:

1. Universal eligibility cut off and impact on ECCE
2. Rounding up hours
3. Parent confirmation of CHICKs
4. Renewal of a CHICK
5. Attendance tracker
6. Funding (Allocations, Settlements, bridging and key points)
7. Navigating resources
Please click on the relevant link and time to register your attendance.

Date Time Webinar Link
Wednesday, 19th January 6.30pm – 8pm

Click here

Thursday, 20th January 10am – 11.30am

Click here

Thursday, 20th January 3pm – 4.30pm

Click here

Note: Please only register for one webinar as there is maximum capacity of 500 per session.

A recording will be made available on the Early Years Hive once the live sessions have been completed.

The Early Years Team

Covid Cases Support Helplines for ELC & SAC Services

Covid 19

There are two helplines available to services who have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in their service. 

The HSE have a helpline to advise service providers if they have been informed of a Covid-19 case in a child or a staff member. The number is 01 511 9777. It is open Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30 and 10:00 – 4:30 Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays.

For those services who need support on engaging with the relevant authorities due to a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, there is an out of hours helpline. The number is 1800 940 341. The service will be available Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays from 10:00 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 16:00.

Finance and Impact Returns (FIRs) for Dec 2021 Available for Completion at Pobal Online

DCEDIY PobalDear Service Provider,

The CCSP Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for December 2021 are available for completion on Pobal Online.

As advised previously the DCEDIY would like to emphasise the importance for all community services to continue to complete and submit FIRs to Pobal. These returns provide essential information that allows DCEDIY and Pobal to identify and help services to resolve problems. They also act as an informative tool for services in the effective planning of their financial future and highlight the real effect of closure due to Covid-19 on community services.

The deadline for submission of December 2021 returns is 5pm on Friday the 28th January 2022.

If you require any assistance in completing the return please complete a service request on the HIVE, selecting the FIRs as the category and sub-category of the request.

The Early Years Team

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