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Budget 2019 Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

Budget 2019
Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

€89m increase for childcare ….
• Introduction of new Affordable Childcare Scheme
• Maximum Net Income Threshold increased by 26% from €47,500 to €60,000 per annum
• Changes will benefit thousands of families; will bring an additional 7,500 children into the scheme, with improved subsidies for over 40,000 others
€33m increase in Tusla funding
• Implementation of HIQA recommendations
• Extra funding for Family Resource Centres and Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services
• Financial base secured with 4% increase over 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced extra funding of €127m for child care and youth services, bringing the total investment by her Department to €1.5 billion for 2019. The Minister said:

"I am very pleased that we have again delivered as promised on the commitment to continue investing in our children and young people. Today’s €127m package represents another significant step in ensuring access to high quality, affordable childcare and ensuring that Tusla is in a position to continue on its programme of service reform and targeted development of key services.

Budget 2019 represents another significant step in ensuring access to high quality, affordable childcare and education with annual investment now rising to €574m.

The additional €89m in 2019 will allow for thousands of families to benefit due to increased income thresholds under the Affordable Childcare Scheme. The significant increase in the maximum net income threshold from €47,000 to €60,000 per annum means that an estimated 7,500 more children will benefit from the scheme relative to the original proposals. Over 40,000 other children, already eligible, will see increases to their subsidies. The new measures ensure that families with, in some cases, a gross income of up to €100,000 will benefit from the scheme."

To read the press release in full please click HERE

Lego Building Competition in Libraries around Offaly

Children of Primary School age are invited to participate in Offaly Libraries LEGO building competition.

Entrants are asked to use their imagination and build a piece based on this year's theme "Offaly"

Entry forms are available in all Libraries from the 8th October, Closing date is 16th November 


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PIP update: CCS/P Registrations & ECCE Eligibility

CCS/P Registrations & ECCE EligibilityPobalLogo

Following discussions with the DCYA, it has been agreed that Pobal will review registrations for Services with a Higher Capitation approval for 2018-2019 and/or an AIM Level 1 (LINC) approval for 2018-2019 with children registered for CCS/P who are within the eligible age range for the 2018-2019 ECCE Programme.

This may result in a top up payment to those Services, based on the current capitation rates below:
- Higher Capitation = €11.25 per eligible registration (1 FTE)
- AIM Level 1 LINC = €2.00 per eligible registration (1 FTE)

Pobal will complete a calculation of any payments due for Higher Capitation and/or AIM Level 1 (LINC) for eligible CCS/P children and will process that payment as a special budget in June 2019.

The payment will take into account the following:
a. Attendance(FTE)/Leavers/Change in level of service
b. The Higher Capitation CAP in relation to numbers of eligible FTEs
c. The Service Calendar for the facility

As with the previous programme call, this review will be completed in June 2019 to ensure accuracy of calculations across the programme year and to reduce any overpayments.

A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/19

Dublin City Childcare Committee’s new publication: A Parents Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019 is now available. parents guide 2018 2019

The Guide is a great resource for parents, guardians and all of those working in the early childhood sector.

It provides parents with the information needed to understand the National Childcare Funding Programmes.

The guide provides an overview of each of the national funding programmes. This helps parents to understand which funding programmes they may be eligible for, the amount of subsidy they could receive and also how to apply for each of the programmes.

Many thanks to Dublin City Childcare Committee for developing and sharing this great resource.

A Parents Guide to the National Funding Programmes 2018/2019

Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSC) Conference

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“ CYPSC: Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being”
(Joint Press Release – DCYA & Tusla)


Thursday 4th October, 2018

Today, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. opened the Children and Young people Services Committees (CYPSC) Conference “CYPSC: Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being“ at the City West Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin.

The Conference is being co hosted with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and demonstrates how CYPSC are successfully responding to the needs of children and young people in relation to their Health and Well Being.

This event also aims to demonstrate how engagement with CYPSC can enhance service delivery across the broad spectrum of services: community, health, education, justice, etc and facilitates knowledge exchange and learning across all CYPSC.

The Conference is promoting multi-sectoral, collaborative working across services for children and young people, and is helping to communicate the strengths of the CYPSC initiative. The Conference also serves to highlight the benefits of engagement between CYPSC, service providers and policy makers alike.

Minister Zappone added:  “I am delighted that this Conference on “Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being” is taking place today.  Children and Young People’ Services Committees (CYPSC) bring together a diverse group of agencies in their local areas to engage in joint planning of services for children and young people. I see them as a key inter agency vehicle for the roll out Child and Well Being initiatives in collaboration with other partners.

Today I met with the CYPSC local Co Ordinators and was struck by the collaborative and really positive initiatives being undertaken in their local areas. These efforts are ensuring that our services and supports are planned and coordinated in a way that is responsive and relevant to the need of our children and young people.  I am confident that both now and in years to come, the impact of these initiatives will be significant, as it will support children and young people, their families, their communities and vulnerable groups who are experiencing difficulties in their lives”.

Pat Smyth, Interim Chief Executive of Tusla-Child and Family Agency joins Minister Zappone in acknowledging CYPSC work stating:  “Organisations and agencies from across Ireland are gathering today under the umbrella of Children and Young People’s Services Committees to share their learning about what is working in response to the needs of Ireland’s children and young people.

Tusla is proud to be a leading organisation for this national event and for what it represents in terms of good inter-agency working. Tusla provides the backbone support team that assists in the realisation of the innovative, specialised and targeted work of every CYPSC in the country.  We are committed to strategic partnership working at local level through CYPSC and nationally with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the National CYPSC Steering Group, other Government Departments and national agencies.”


Triple P - Fear Less Talk

Dr Vanessa Cobham, will  deliver a presentation for parents of children/teens aged 6 – 14 years who experience anxiety, this is part of Fear-Less Triple P.

The presentation is planned for 19:30 – 21:00,  on Thursday 11th October in the Radisson Hotel Athlone and is open to all parents, please click on poster below to view in full.

Fearless Triple P

ECCE 2018 Higher Capitation - FAQ

Please be advised that ECCE 2018 Higher Capitation application forms will be made live for services on the PIP Portal from Friday 28/09/2018. PobalLogo

For any services who wish to apply for ECCE 2018 Higher Capitation, we will advise they log into their PIP portal and navigate to the My Services Tab and select Higher Capitation Application towards the bottom of the screen.

Please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions should you receive any queries surrounding the process.

Once we have received an application, it will be appraised and Higher Capitation may be awarded based on the outcome of this appraisal. Successful applications will receive their Higher Capitation payments on the subsequent ECCE payment run, and all Higher Capitation payments will be back dated to the applicable start date.

Guide to Early Years Education Focused Inspection – Now available

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) works to improve the quality of learning for children and young people in Irish schools, centres for education, early A guide to early years education inspectionyears settings providing State funded early childhood care and education for children from 2 years 8 months until they enrol in primary school and other learning settings.

Recently the Guide to Early Years Education Focused Inspection was updated and it outlines how inspections in early years settings are conducted and is effective from 1 September 2018.

It replaces the previous Guide to Early Years Education Focused Inspection (EYEI) in Early years Settings Participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme (2016). It was developed in light of the experience inspecting early years settings since April 2016 and following consultation with stakeholders and partners involved in the development and delivery of high quality early childhood education and care in Ireland.

Please click on the link to access the guide Guide to Early Years Education Focused Inspection

Minister Zappone announces supports for quality improvements in the childcare sector, including €1.2m First Aid training fund

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· €1.2m funding to provide first aid training for every registered childcare service in the country.
· Certain childminders to be supported to register with Tusla with new training bursary.
· Nine additional Tusla Early Years Inspectors to be recruited. Eligibility broadened to include graduates in early years for the first time.
· Tusla launches new Quality and Regulatory Framework to strengthen consistency in inspections of childcare services.

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone today announced a range of measures to improve the quality of childcare delivered to children across the country in setting based services and with childminders.

Funding is to be made available to provide one free place (worth €250) on a First Aid Response training course for every registered childcare service, in a move that will cost €1.2m over a two year period. The funding will also be available to an estimated 250 childminders who are not yet registered.

Minister Zappone has also announced the introduction of a post-award bursary to support childminders who obtain a relevant NFQ Level 5 qualification, which is a requirement for childminders to register with Tusla. Further actions to support childminders will be announced before the end of the year in a childminding action plan which will assist with up skilling and quality assurance.

In addition, Minister Zappone has announced that Tusla is opening a recruitment campaign for nine new Early Years Inspectors, to strengthen the capacity of the Tusla Inspectorate. Historically, Inspectors could only be Public Health Nurses but this has been reformed to open these posts to individuals from a wider range of disciplines, including graduates from early years care and education programmes.

Speaking of the announcements, Minister Zappone said:

“We cannot rest when it comes to the quality of care and education we deliver to our youngest children. We know that high quality experiences provided at this young age can have a massively positive impact on the lives and future outcomes of our youngest children. I am delighted to be launching these further measures; each of which will combine to maintain our progress in building and delivering the best quality childcare system here in Ireland.”

Minister Zappone made the announcements on these new quality measures as Tusla launched a new Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), which is intended to improve the consistency of inspection of childcare services across the country. The QRF was developed by Tusla in consultation with childcare providers and parents and covers the areas of governance; health, welfare and development of the Child; safety; and the standard of premises and facilities.