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CCS registrations deadline - Extended

The CCS registeradeadline extendedtions for community based services has been extended to Tuesday 25th October. 

 Registerations must be submitted no later than 9pm on the 25th.  Service providers are asked to ensure all the relevant documentation is attached when making the registeration. 


Reminder: Fees Lists & Service Calendars

There has been a change to the Fees List & Service Calendar deadline.PobalLogo

The original deadline to submit the Fees Lists & Service Calendars was Friday, 7th October. Now, any services that have submitted Fees Lists & Service Calendars, but have not completed the process, will have until Friday, 4th November to complete it.

Fees List and Service Calendars that are in a ‘queried’ status must also be completed by the 4th November.

A Fees List and Service Calendar must be submitted for each DCYA Childcare Programme for which you are contracted, (ECCE, CCS/CCSP & TEC). Please contact your CCC for further support on completing your Fees List & Service Calendars.

Please log onto PIP to access the How to Guide for each programme.

Budget 2017: Q & A on the Affordable Childcare Scheme – DCYA

dcyalogoThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that a 15% increase in funding has been secured for services to support children, young people and families in Budget 2017.

Announcing additional funding of €173m, bringing the total funding of her Department to over €1.3 billion Minister Zappone said:

“Budget 2017 has paved the way for a radical new approach to childcare, extra community youth services across the country and better funded supports for young people and families who need it most.

Since taking office I have prioritised the need to tackle child poverty. Today we have re-enforced that work by announcing a budget package which will deliver real change and benefit children and families every day.

In the coming 12-months I look forward to continuing my work with young people, parents and frontline services to ensure the money which has been secured will be used to deliver the best possible outcomes for all.”

For more information please see the attached Budget 2017: Q&A on the Affordable Childcare Scheme

CCS Snapshot Window Reminder

All CCSS Childcare Providers are reminded that the deadline for submitting registerations is 21st October at 5pm. 

Please be advised that the snapshot window is from 19th September until the 14th October at 5pm. However CCS eligibility can be valid on any date between the 12th September and the 14th Oct 2016.

For further information please click HERE

FREE Triple P TEEN Parenting Programme



FREE Triple P TEEN Parenting Programme
For Parents of Children 11-15yrs

7 week GROUP programme (4 weeks where we meet for 2 hours each week followed by 2 weeks of phone calls & final week where we meet back together) The Programme gives you tips and strategies to help parents cope positively with the challenges of raising a teenager.

This programme looks at
• Ways to build a stronger relationship with your teenager
• Tips to reduce family conflict
• Strategies to manage problem behaviours
• Ways to support your teenage to become more independent and to stay safe

Date  Time  Location
Tuesday 4th October ’16 Morning 10am
Evening 7.30pm
Arden View Family Resource
Centre, Tullamore

Bookings and Information.

To book your place call the Midland Area Parenting Partnership Office at 090 6447111 you can ring, book in online or look at our website or call/text Helen 0879875107. Facebook TriplepMAPP

ECCE Minimum Enrollment Exemptions Application Process

The DCYA has developed and published an application process in relation to the granting of exemptions to the minimum enrolment requirements for individual ECCE providers. Please see the Information Doc and Application Form attached. This information is also available on the DCYA website. Please follow link and scroll down to 'Minimum ECCE Enrolment Exemptions':

Document Minimum Enrollment Exemptions DCYA Proceduers

As per the 2016/17 ECCE Funding Agreement, the following categories of exemptions may be considered:

“Participating service providers are expected to have a minimum enrolment of 8 children in their pre-school year. Subject to compliance with all other contractual requirements, exceptions will be considered in the case of:
a. Service providers who have an enrolment of at least 8 children but, for good reason, only 3 or more are in their pre-school year and the remainder will be eligible for a pre-school year in the following year
b. Smaller service providers which are considered appropriate settings for delivery of the pre-school year but, for good reason, have an enrolment of not fewer than 5 children in their pre-school year
c. A service that has an ECCE Room that is full but due to Budget 2016 extension of ECCE now has children eligible for ECCE in a room which has an enrolment of not fewer than 5 children in their pre-school year (i.e. between 2½ and 6 years) - assuming ECCE staff qualification criteria is met.”

For the 2016/17 Programme Call only, the following additional exemption will also be considered:

Under exceptional circumstances and for the 2016/17 Programme Call only, (such as in rural areas with no other ECCE provision available to parents), a minimum of 4 children in a childcare service, who are all age-eligible for the ECCE Programme, will be permitted as a temporary measure. These services will be expected to build up their numbers during the 2016/17 Programme Call to qualify under at least a, b or c above.

This additional exemption will be added to the DCYA Childcare Programmes Information and FAQs document as soon as possible.

Applications will be processed by the CCCs and DCYA according to the process outlined in the information document, and will include the following steps:

- ECCE provider informs their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) that they will need an exemption for the minimum number of ECCE children required.
- The service outlines reasons for needing this exemption.
- The CCC apply to the DCYA on behalf of the service for the exemption through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including the following information, entered on a completed application form:
•Service name
•Service DCYA reference
•The reasons for the exemption
•The CCC recommendation

- The DCYA receives the application and approves/disapproves it based on an assessment of the following Criteria:
•There is a need in the area
• They are a child minder
•The routines and schedules are appropriate for ECCE child needs
•Developmentally appropriate materials and resources are available for ECCE children
•They have had prior approval for an exemption to the ECCE Min Enrolment criteria and are being provided with a new DCYA Reference Number, e.g. changing legal structure

(This list is not exhaustive and further information may influence the decision)

- DCYA informs the CCC that the application has been approved/rejected.

- Where the application has been approved, the CCC enter the following onto the PIP CRM for that service: 'Exemption to ECCE Minimum Enrolment Criteria Granted by DCYA'

- Pobal compliance team will check for minimum ECCE enrolment exemptions on PIP prior to issuing of non-compliance based on breach of minimum ECCE enrolment numbers.


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD is inviting all early years professionals to complete a short survey consultation regarding their views as Early Years professionals. Responses to this survey will be used to set the agenda for the National Collaborative Forum for the Early Years Care and Education Sector, which will be known as the Early Years Forum. It will also be used in the consideration of policy and investment options.

Responses are anonymous and are invited from all early years professionals. This includes professionals working in early years services, service managers and owners, CCCs, advocacy organisations and all others working in the early years sector.

The survey will be available until 12pm on Thursday, 15th September 2016 on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website (see link below) so that the responses can be analysed in time for the first meeting of the Early Years Forum on the 28th September 2016. The results will be published on the DCYA website.

Click here to access the survey

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The TEC Programmes are:

Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards.

After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.