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Changes to the public health management of cases and contacts in children aged 12 years and younger

Dear Provider, DCEDIY logo

We are writing to you today regarding the update and FAQ documents from the HSE for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) managers and school principals on the changes to Covid-19 testing and contact tracing for children, 3 months to under 13 years (and inclusive of all children attending primary school).

Over a short transition period the HSE public health dedicated helpline for ELC/SAC services – 01-5119777 will remain open if you have a confirmed case of Covid-19.

The National Covid-19 out of hours helpline - 1800 940341 will also remain available from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Documents below:

Update from HSE for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC)

FAQs for School Principals, Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) Managers or those hosting sports/social activities for children ages 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school.


If you have any general queries please contact your local City and County Childcare Committee ( for support.

Kind regards,
Early Years Communications Team

Early Years Division

Training - Better Start QDS Webinar

Dear Service Provider, Better Start

Better Start has added more dates for its free webinars on the Quality Development Service.

You are invited to join the Better Start team to hear about the Quality Development Service and how Better Start can work with your setting to provide quality outcomes for children.

An overview will be provided of the Better Start Quality Development Service and the professional development options that are available to Early Learning and Care settings.

The next two events will take place between 7.00-8.00pm on Tuesday 5 October and Tuesday 19 October 2021.

To register, follow this link to the Better Start website’s training and events section:

The Early Years Team

NCS Scheduled Maintenance on 24th September 2021

Dear Service Provider, Hive NCS

The National Childcare Scheme IT system is undergoing scheduled routine maintenance from 5pm tomorrow, Friday 24 September 2021.

Parts of the NCS application process may be unavailable for a few hours from this time.

We regret any inconvenience this might cause.


The Early Years Team

Virtual Cluster Childminding Network Event

You are invited to a Virtual Cluster Childminding Network Event with Music Generation organised by Carrieann at Longford CCC for Monday 4th of October at 7:00pm. Virtual Network Childminder Meeting 4.10.21 002

The session will focus on Incorporating Musical Practice with Children into their Everyday. Please find attached a flyer with information on the event.

You can book directly through the Eventbrite link below or via the Longford Childcare Committees event page which is on the flyer.

Direct link to Eventbrite:

Supporting Child Well-Being

Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years

This month the See Change campaign ( is promoting the inclusion of people who may need additional support in the area of mental health.

To support this campaign LINC are sharing this poster on Supporting Child Well-Being. Free to download by clicking on the link:

Supporting child well being poster




















Covid Support Helplines for ELC & SAC Providers

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

Covid 19
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 – 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.

​REMINDER - Managing Changes for AIM LEVEL 7

Dear Service Provider, Pobal updatesAIM Logo

Pobal would like to issue a reminder that any changes to the setting or attendance of a child approved for AIM level 7 funding should be reported to Pobal within 10 working days of the change taking place. Please see below for more information on examples of such changes and the correct method for reporting them to Pobal:

1) Change of Sessions/Session Ratios/Attendance/External Supports: These changes can be reflected by completing a Change of Circumstance review on the Early Years Hive. Please click here to see video demonstration.

2) Prolonged Absence: If the child has been absent for a period of 4 weeks or more, complete a Prolonged Absence review on the Early Years Hive. Please click here to see video demonstration.

3) Absence of AIM Assistant: If the AIM assistant has been absent from the setting for 4 weeks or more, complete a Change in Implementation of Support review. Please click here to see video demonstration.

4) EWSS funding being used: If you have been approved for AIM level 7 funding for a child but are opting to use Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) funding in lieu of AIM Level 7 funding, please complete a service request on the Early Years Hive, entering “EWSS Withdrawal” in the subject line and selecting the following criteria options:

Request Type: Funding
Request Type Detail: Payments Query
Subject: AIM Level 7

In the description of the request, enter all relevant level 7 application IDs, and advise if EWSS has been used since the start of the programme year.

Kind regards,
The Early Years Team

AIM Level 1 – Leadership for Inclusion Coordinator (LINC) Application Process now open for new graduates

Dear Service Provider, LINC LogoAIM Logo

The application process for the increased Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) capitation has now opened for new graduates i.e. those who are graduating in October 2021. This is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2021/2022 pre-school year. The process for existing graduates (those who graduated in previous years) was launched earlier in the summer.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Applications received by 5pm on Friday 29 October 2021 will be awarded the additional capitation from the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s start date for the programme year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years HIVE portal. Applicant guidelines can be found here.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE as follows:

  • Request Category: Application.
  • Request Type Detail: How To.
  • Request Programme: AIM Level 1.

The Early Years Team

Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance

Hive NCS
The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable tomorrow, 16 September 2021 at 5.00 pm for a maximum of 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance.

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

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

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