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ECCE Registrations and Programme Call 2022/23

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Dear Service Provider,

Registrations will open for the ECCE 2022 Programme Call on the Early Years Hive portal on Monday 4 July 2022.  Registration is opening earlier this year to assist providers with the administration process for ECCE.

The ECCE 2022 Programme Call will commence on Monday 22 August 2022.

Important: Except for compliance purposes, under no circumstances should you cancel an active 2021 registration as this will create an overpayment for your service. If you are registering a child for ECCE 2022 who is currently registered in your service, please add an additional, separate registration for ECCE 2022.

Guidance

You can find guidance on how to register a child on ECCE, including a training video, on the ECCE Child Registration page under Resources on the Early Years Hive portal.

CCSP Saver Programme

Registrations for the 2022 CCSP Saver Programme will open on 08 August 2022.

NCS

Registration of CHICKs for NCS can be done on the Early Years Hive portal at any time.

Communication

Pobal will cease posting announcements for service providers on the PIP Portal when the CCSP 2021 Programme Call ends in August, as all early learning and care programmes will be administered on the Early Years Hive once the current programme year is completed. Further communication will be provided on this over the coming weeks.

All announcements are, and will continue to be, posted on the announcement page of the Early Years Hive portal. You can find guidance on how to use the Hive announcement page here.

All important dates are also added to the Hive’s announcement calendar page for your benefit.

Training

As communicated in a portal announcement posted on 28 June, webinar training sessions will be held next week for service providers on ECCE and NCS child registration. Please read the announcement for dates and further information.

Support

Should you have any queries in relation to ECCE registrations, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the following categories:  

  • Programme: ECCE
  • Request Type: Registrations

Regards,
The Early Years Team

Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 - Final Reminder

Dear Service Provider, pobal logo

The Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 will close for applications this Friday, 1 July at 5pm.

Late applications for PSP will not be accepted.

The PSP application is completed on the Programmes page of the Early Years Hive. Guidance material including screen shots explaining how to apply through the Hive is available on the Useful Links page here.

Should you have any queries in relation to PSP, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the Programme category PSP 2022.

Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman publishes funding agreement for new €221 million Core Funding scheme

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has today (28 June 2022) published the ‘Partner Service Funding Agreement’ for the new €221m Core Funding for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC)core funding 29 06 2022 providers that will commence this September.

Services that sign up for Core Funding will become Partner Services, working with the State to deliver ELC and SAC for the public good – focused on quality and affordability for children and their families, sustainability and stability for providers and their staff, and accountability, transparency and value for money for the State.

The Funding Agreement, published today, sets out the detail of how Core Funding will operate in its first year, the commitment from the Minister to funding and the associated requirements of Partner Services, which include:

  • Ensuring no increase to fees in 2022/23 above September 2021 rates.
  • Issuing a Parent Statement to all parents using the service outlining what they can expect.
  • Offering the NCS and the ECCE programme to all eligible children.
  • Implementing the national practice frameworks, Aistear and Siolta.
  • Developing implementing and reporting on a quality action plan.
  • Providing transparent and validated financial reports.
  • Participating in annual data collection surveys.

Giving further detail on the Core Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement 2022/2023, the Minister stated:

“Core Funding represents a new approach to how the State funds the sector. It entails a shift in the relationship between how State and providers collectively work together, with new responsibilities on both sides, to progressively deliver the vision of increasingly publicly funded and publicly managed early learning and care and school-age childcare to the benefit of children and their families.”

Core Funding for an individual service will be calculated based on the number of places a service offers, the age group of children for whom the places are offered and the hours of operation with additional funding for qualified graduates in certain leadership roles.

The application process for Core Funding will open in late July. In the meantime, a Core Funding Ready Reckoner online tool is available to give providers an estimate of what they can expect to receive under Core Funding. In addition, services can also book an appointment with their local City/County Childcare Committee to calculate their Core Funding value at individual service level.

Core Funding only comes into effect and is contingent upon Employment Regulation Orders being in effect to cover all roles across the sector as defined in the Early Years’ Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order.

Further information about Core Funding is available here. Services can also contact their local City/County Childcare Committees and/or Pobal with any questions about Core Funding.

​Core Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement and FAQ

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Dear Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare providers,

We are pleased today to publish the Core Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement for the programme year 2022/2023. This is accompanied by a FAQ to help services understand the process and next steps.

Core Funding is the new funding stream to support the delivery of ELC and SAC for the public good, for quality and affordability for children and families, sustainability and stability for providers and staff, and accountability, transparency and value for money for the State. Services that sign up for Core Funding will become Partner Services, working with the State to deliver ELC and SAC for the public good.

Core Funding is worth €221 million in full year costs and allows for an estimated 19% increase in the total cost base for the sector. This is a significant public investment in services, in addition to ECCE and NCS, and will involve a greater degree of public management as outlined in the Funding Agreement.  This new approach to funding the sector through Core Funding will entail a shift in the relationship between the State and providers in relation to delivering ELC and SAC, with new responsibilities on both sides.

The Funding Agreement being published sets out the detail of how Core Funding will operate in its first year, the commitment from the Minister to funding and the associated requirements of Partner Services.  We encourage you to consider the Funding Agreement in full. 

In late July, the application process for Core Funding will open.  This is slightly later than anticipated given the scale of the task involved and the technical complexity of design the application form.  However, all services will be able to get a clear indication of their Core Funding value in advance through using the Ready Reckoner and accompanying guidance.  Local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) are available to support and assist services in calculating their Core Funding value.  If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to book an individual appointment to get an assessment of the value of Core Funding for your service.

The Core Funding application process will open in late July.  Once the application opens, Partner Services’ Core Funding value based on the actual application data will be displayed immediately upon submission of the application, subject to final verifications. 

The Funding Agreement will be available to sign through the Early Years Hive in mid August.  Payments will be made monthly in advance with the first payment in respect of September to be paid at the end of August. 

Importantly, as specified in the Funding Agreement, Core Funding will only come into effect and is contingent upon Employment Regulation Orders being in effect to cover all roles across the sector as defined in the Early Years’ Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order.

Core Funding is open to all eligible providers subject to their agreement to the terms and conditions of the Funding Agreement. The Minister would like the maximum number providers become Partner Services. However becoming a Core Funding Partner Service is, of course, optional.

Further information about Core Funding is available here.  Services can also contact their local CCCs and/or Pobal with any questions about Core Funding. For Pobal queries please raise a service request on Hive under the following categories:

  • Request Programme: Core Funding
  • Request Category: Program Clarification
  • Request Subcategory: General

We look forward to working with Core Funding Partner Services in the coming year.

Regards,

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and YouthDepartment of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

​Invitation to ECCE, NCS Programme Readiness 2 Training Webinars

Dear Service Provider, Early Years Hive
 
Pobal’s Early Years Training Team would like to invite you to a webinar next week on Programme Readiness 2 for ECCE and NCS.
 
The following topics will be covered in the webinar:
  • Completing an ECCE Registration
  • Retrieving a CHICK for NCS
  • Funding tab walkthrough
 
Training for CCSP Saver Programme will be provided separately later this Summer.
 
Date​Time​​Webinar Link
​Monday, 4th July ​2.30pm https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8534508634735744782
Tuesday, 5th July​ 6.30pm​ https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/138923718061444619
Wednesday, 6th July​ 10am​ https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2053364777042713614
 
*Please note, by registering for one of the above webinars, you are providing permission for Pobal to contact you in order to gather feedback regarding the webinar.
**There is a maximum capacity of 500 per session.
 
A recording of the session will be published on the childcare collaboration portal and on the Hive along with a copy of the PowerPoint once all webinars are completed.
 
We look forward to seeing you.
 
Regards,
The Early Years Team

Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 - Deadline Extension

pobal logoDear Service Provider,

Pobal are pleased to inform providers that the Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 has been extended to Friday, 1st of July at 5pm.

Late applications for PSP will not be accepted.

The PSP application is completed on the Programmes page of the Early Years Hive. Guidance material including screen shots explaining how to apply through the Hive is available on the Useful Links  Early years Hive logopage here.

Should you have any queries in relation to PSP, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the Programme category PSP 2022.

Early Years Team

Compliance visits over the summer months of June/July/August 2022

DCEDIY Pobal

Dear Service Provider

We are writing to inform you that the Pobal Compliance team will continue to conduct unannounced visits to ELC/SAC services that are operational over the summer months as outlined on the service calendars uploaded to the HIVE for the 2021/2022 programmes cycle. 

For those services still operating during the summer, please ensure that all records relating to other programmes which may have paused for the summer months (e.g. ECCE) are also available for review during such visits e.g. all ECCE Roll books /Attendance records, Fee records, Parent declarations etc.

The individual NCS and ECCE Compliance Checklists 2021/2022 are available under the Resources /Compliance section of the Hive. The CCSP Compliance Checklist 2021/2022 is available on PIP. These Checklists will assist in collating the relevant information that form part of a programmes compliance checks.

 

Regards
DCEDIY and Pobal Compliance teams

How to add and change a bank account on the Early Years Hive

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Dear Service Provider,

You can find guidance on how to add a bank account and how to change or deactivate the bank account registered for your service on the Early Years Hive in the Help & Support section here.

This will be especially relevant to services who are currently with Ulster Bank, as they are leaving the Irish market this year.

Early Years Team

🌞 Summer Of Play Webinar

🌞 Summer Of Play WebinarSumer of Play 21 06 2022

✅Do you work with School Age Children?
✅Would you like to learn more about Loose Parts?
✅Would you like Practical Fun ideas for your Summer Camp?

Then come along to join the National Childhood Network on Monday 27th June for a webinar at 7pm.

Book your place below:👇
https://www.ncn.ie/.../summer-of-play-for-school-age...

€20 per setting (Max 10 per setting)

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