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Higher Capitation 2019/20

Higher Capitation 2019/20 PobalLogo

Please be advised that all applications for Higher Capitation 2019/20 on the PIP Portal must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the relevant staff member’s qualification(s). This will require completing the second tickbox on the form.

Higher Capitation forms will be available for submission from 19/08/2018 with reviews commencing in early October.

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC)

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC)PobalLogo
2019/2020 Increased ECCE Capitation
Application Process Open

The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2019/2020 pre-school year is now open.

To apply a service provider, must be or employ a graduate from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in Early Years Programme who has agreed to take on the role and responsibilities of an Inclusion Co-ordinator in their pre-school setting.

Applications must be made electronically via the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).

Existing Graduates
An ECCE provider, who is or employs an existing graduate can apply immediately.

New Graduates
An ECCE provider, who is or employs a new graduate i.e. graduating in October 2019 can apply when final exam results have been notified by Mary Immaculate College (expected late Sept)

Please note as per the recently published AIM Rules document from the 2019/2020 ECCE programme year, it is no longer be possible for Inclusion Coordinator additional capitation payments to be backdated to be beginning of the programme year if the application is submitted late in the programme year.

To support services to adjust to this rule change, for the 2019/2020 programme year, the additional capitation can be backdated to the beginning of the programme year provided that the application form reaches Pobal by 31st October 2019. This will also accommodate new LINC graduates whose graduation verification will only reach Pobal by late September.

If an Inclusion Coordinator is on extended leave i.e. maternity, sick leave at the beginning of a pre-school year, an application should only be submitted once the Inclusion Co-ordinator returns to the pre-school setting.

If you require any additional information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CCSP 2019 Preliminary Payment

Below is the key information you will need in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments for the coming weeks.  PobalLogo
 
The CCSP 2019 preliminary payment will be made on 16/08/2019.
 
The CCSP 2019 preliminary payment is equivalent to the value of your approved CCS & CCSP registrations for the first 4 weeks of the 2018/2019 programme year.
 
For new services in the 2018/2019 programme year or services that did not have any registrations in the first 4 weeks of 2018/19 programme year, an alternative method of calculating the CCSP 2019 preliminary budget is used. For these services, the preliminary budget is equivalent to 1/12 of the value of total approved CCS 2018 & CCSP 2018 registrations.
 
The CCSP 2019 preliminary payment is based on CCS 2018 & CCSP 2018 approved registrations and are intended to provide services with funding for the period between the submission of CCSP 2019 registrations and the date they are approved.
 
If you feel the CCSP 2019 preliminary payment is insufficient because the CCSP 2019 registrations are significantly higher than CCSP 2018, please complete the following steps:
1.    Submit your CCSP 2019 registrations on PIP when applications open on 19th August 2019;
2.    Contact Pobal Online Support to request that your CCSP 2019 preliminary payment is reviewed.
 
We will then recalculate your preliminary budget, based on your CCSP 2019 provisional registrations.

Minister Zappone publishes Guardian Ad Litem Bill

Minister Zappone publishes Guardian Ad Litem Bill 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Monday 12th August 2019

  • Guardians ad litem (GALs) enhance the decision-making capacity of the court in child care proceedings by advising on a child’s best interests and conveying the views of the child to the court.
  • Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 to extend GAL system so that it benefits the greatest number of children and young people
  • Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 will ensure the best interests of children and young people in care proceedings are always met by allowing their voices to be heard
  • The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has published the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019. This Bill addresses significant inadequacies in existing Guardian ad litem (GAL) provisions under Section 26 of the Child Care Act 1991. Its objective is to regulate the existing ad hoc system of Guardian ad litem appointments and to extend the system so that it benefits the greatest number of children and young people.

Guardians ad litem are appointed by judges in child care proceedings. Their role is to independently establish the wishes, feelings and interests of the child and present them to the court with recommendations.

Minister Zappone said: “I am pleased to announce the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of a new national Guardian ad litem service within an Executive Office of my Department. The Bill provides for a presumption in favour of the appointment of a Guardian ad litem to all children and young people in child care cases. This will ensure that a child’s view is always effectively conveyed to the Court in child care court proceedings.

“This Bill is the culmination of the Government’s commitment to review existing Guardian ad litem provision. It significantly improves upon existing legislation in ensuring that the rights of all vulnerable children are upheld in child care proceedings. In parallel with progressing the necessary legislative reforms, I intend, with the assistance of relevant stakeholders, to consult with children and young people over the coming months on the type of Guardian ad litem service to be provided. This will inform procedural aspects of the new service.

“This Bill gives me the statutory basis to put in place a high quality, and sustainable Guardian ad litem national service within my Department and to ensure that all children in child care proceedings get the opportunity to have their voice heard and due consideration is given to their best interests.”

The Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019:

Provides for a presumption in favour of a Guardian ad litem being appointed for all children in child care proceedings.
Requires the court, if it declines to appoint a Guardian ad litem, to state its reasons for not appointing a GAL and say how it intends to hear the views of the child.
Specifies the role and status of a Guardian ad litem and allows the Minister to make regulations on the qualifications and experience required to act as a Guardian ad litem.
Provides for a new national and transparent process for the appointment and assignment of GALs to child care cases.
Provision is also made for the mandatory appointment of a Guardian ad litem in all proceedings under Section 25 of the Mental Health Act 2001, which provides for the involuntary admission of a child who has a mental disorder to an approved centre.
The legislation provides the statutory basis for the establishment of a national Guardian ad litem service within an Executive Office within the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. This will enable the Minister to put in place a nationally organised and managed service to enable and facilitate the child’s views to be heard in proceedings under the Child Care Act 1991 to ensure that a high quality and sustainable service is provided into the future.

Early Years Practitioners Learner Fund Bursary

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The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-opened the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme.

The award must be a full, major award placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013 to 2019 inclusive.

Applications will open on 19th August and the deadline for submission of applications will be 27th September 2019. If you would like further information or an application form, please contact our office on 057 9135878 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Childminder Learner Fund Bursary

Childminder Bursary Learner Logo2

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders.

Eligible applicants must be registered with Tusla and hold a full level 5 or level 6 award on the National Frame of Qualifications (NFQ) which was achieved in the academic years 2013 to 2019 inclusive.

Applications will open on 19th August and the deadline for submission of applications will be 27th September 2019.

If you would like further information or an application form, please contact our office on 057 9135878 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ECCE 2019/2020 Optional Extras

ECCE 2019/2020 Optional ExtrasPobalLogo

In light of the revised Optional Extras Guide which was uploaded on PIP on 3rd of July, there have been changes to allowable and disallowable optional extras (page 3) for the 2019/2020 programme year. The rule in relation to ad hoc extra times requested by parents has also been revised (please see PIP notice dated 3rd July 2019).

As many service providers had submitted their ECCE fees list on PIP before these changes were issued, we would ask that you ensure that your fees list is compliant with the changes. Your CCC may have communicated to you prior to 3rd July that your fees list was approved.

In light of the updated Guide can you please ensure your fees list complies with the changes. If it does not can you please amend and resubmit on PIP.

In addition, following consideration of feedback the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has decided to allow 1 paid trip for ECCE programme year as an optional extra for 2019/2020. We would also like to remind all services (sessional, part time, full time) that they must offer an ECCE ONLY SESSION (for which there is no charge) on their fees list.

September Readiness 2019/2020

September Readiness 2019/2020PobalLogo

Below is the key information you will need in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments for the coming weeks.

For detailed programme information please click on relevant programme links below:

Programme
(and links)
Programme call start date
Final contracting date
Date programme opens for registrations
26th August
23rd August
19th August
19th August
16th August
19th August
26th August
23rd August
26th August

Before registrations can commence:

· Services must be in contract;

· Service calendars and fees lists should be submitted.

In addition, in order for Pobal to process payments, services need to have a valid TCAN.

Payments will be made to the existing bank account associated with the service/programme on PIP; for any changes please notify the Early Years & Young Peoples Directorate via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

However, if services wish to be included in the first preliminary payments, contracting must be completed earlier, as per the table below:

Programme
 1st- preliminary payment date
Earlier contract date
(in order to be included in 1st preliminary payment)
Subsequent preliminary payment date:
ECCE
23rd August
16th August
30th August
CCSP
16th August
12th August
N/A
TEC
23rd August
20th August
N/A

If you have any queries please contact Pobal Online Support on 01-5117222, or contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.

National Childcare Scheme Training - Phase 2 - (Tullamore)

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the System.National Childcare Scheme Logo
 
These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.
 
All training sessions will take place in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore.  Click on the link below to book into a FREE session today
 
Date and Time Link to make a booking
Tue, 10 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm
Eventrite - 10th September, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  10:00am – 1:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September, 10am - 1.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  7:00pm – 10:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

ECCE 2018/2019 Programme Closure

The 2018/2019 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 27th August 2018 to 28th June 2019 will close at 6pm Friday 9th August 2019. PobalLogo

Pobal will change the status of all ECCE 2018/2019 Contracts to ‘Inactive’ and this will appear on the PIP Portal.
At this point, Early Years Services will not be able to create new child registrations on the PIP Portal.

Please check all ECCE 2018/2019 registrations in advance of 9th August 2019:
· If new registrations are required please submit before the deadline of 9th August 2019.
· Amendments can be made until 27th September 2019.
· Payments on these registrations will be facilitated until 6th December 2019.

Any overpayments made to services in 2018/2019 will be carried forward and deducted from the preliminary ECCE payment for 2019/2020.

Higher Capitation Applications will also be closed from 31st July 2019, after which point, no new submission of Applications may be made. Resubmissions of existing Higher Capitation Applications may be possible until 9th August 2019.

If your service is closing please inform Pobal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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