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Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weather

Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weatherdcyalogo

New deadline of 3pm Wednesday 14th March 2018
Providers given extra three working days to complete applications

Due to the unforeseen delays and inconveniences caused to childcare providers across the country by the recent snow event, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, today announced the extension of the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital application window by three working days, to Wednesday the 14th of March 2018 at 3pm.
It is hoped that the revised application window will allow for applicants whose preparations were affected by the recent red weather warning to complete their application forms as planned before the close of the deadline.

Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any help or guidance they may require in completing their applications for capital funding before the window closes.

UPDATE : Notice from DCYA regarding weather conditions

Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector (28th February)

The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) has met again this morning following the issuing of a Status Red weather warning in some parts of the country. Conditions are expected to worsen over Thursday and Friday in parts of the country and the NECG are advising that roads should be avoided in Status Red areas due to expected treacherous conditions. DCYA is advising childcare services that local decisions should be taken based on the weather status in their part of the country. In making this decision DCYA strongly advises that services have regard to any Met Eireann weather warnings in place, particularly when a red warning is in operation, the availability of transport, the accessibility of roads and whether schools in the area are open.

The safety of children, parents and staff is of utmost importance and we are aware that some services have already taken the decision to close their services today on foot of the current snowfall in parts of the country. The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and update further as the day.

Information from across all government departments regarding the effects of the current weather situation can be found by visiting www.gov.ie

Closures
Early years settings should take decisions based on local conditions and the safety of staff, children and parents.

Should weather conditions in your locality determine that you must close your service, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

UPDATE: Announcement from DCYA regarding weather warnings

Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sectordcyalogo

The DCYA has attended a further meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) to monitor the emerging weather situation. Severe weather is expected towards the latter end of this week. DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service.

The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and monitor the situation as it evolves.

Communicating with parents

In particular DCYA asks that childcare providers maintain contact with parents throughout the week in order to keep them informed and to allow time for planning to minimise any possible disruptions.

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents should be carefully considered by each service and if a childcare service is forced to close due to the worsening weather conditions we encourage childcare services to communicate this to the parents in their service as early as possible.

We encourage both childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice www.winterready.ie and make the appropriate preparations.

Closures
Should conditions in your area worsen to an extent where you cannot open your service safely, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

Notice from DCYA regarding severe weather conditions

The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) which met this morning to plan for severe weather conditions expected later this week.dcyalogo

DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service.

We encourage childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice (www.winterready.ie) and make the appropriate preparations to minimise disruptions.

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents is paramount and should be carefully considered by each service.

Should conditions worsen throughout the week childcare providers affected by the weather conditions should note that Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.
In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks.

Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders throughout this weather event. We ask that services in turn keep parents updated of the situation in their area. Please stay safe throughout these adverse conditions.

International Women's Day Celebration Evening

Offaly County Childcare Committee are hosting an evening to celebrate International Women's Day.

Come and join us for an evening of Mindfulness with Gaye Mullen

  • Discover how a simple Mindful session can reduce stress and anxiety!
  • See how mindfulness can help you find a calming life /work balance!
  • Discover amazing benefits!
  • Boost your happiness mindfully!

This practical and fun workshop will introduce you to Mindfulness and Meditation .

Gaye Mullen has practised Mindfulness for the past 25 years having studied the mindfulness approach Heartfeltness' in America.

Gaye established the successful Punchestown AMI School which offers the full AMI Montessori structure. She also runs Parenting Workshops, Mindfulness & Well being classes, one to one sessions and mentoring.

See poster for full details

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Better Start AIM Hanen Teacher Talk training programmes

Better Start AIM Hanen Teacher Talk training programmesAIM Logo

A new programme of specialised training for Early Years Practitioners will be rolled out as part of the AIM programme. The first round of training is Hanen Teacher Talk, which is a certified 3 day course which will be delivered by Better Start Early Years Specialists.

Better Start are collaborating with Teacher Education Centres around the country to ensure local delivery of training. The first round of training will begin in March and April 2018 in Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Limerick and Wexford and will take place on one Saturday per month. ECCE services in receipt of AIM targeted support (Levels 4-7) will be invited to apply.

Further training courses will be available throughout 2018. More information will follow shortly. Watch this Space!

€6.8m Grants open for extra Childcare spaces, play areas and maintenance

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Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March

Childcare centres are being invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Applications open today (12th February 2018) for childcare and school age services to apply for the capital grants across a range of strands.

Making the announcement Minister Zappone added

“This year we will invest €485 million, an increase of 80% over the last three budgets, to continue working towards accessible affordable quality childcare.

On the capital grants in particular, I know from my visits to services throughout the country how important it is that we continue to invest and build the infrastructure and capacity of the early years sector.

The inclusion of natural outdoor play areas in particular is allowing our children to explore more and seek adventure in a learning environment. I am delighted to support this work with a significant capital investment – which will benefit children, parents and providers in the coming months.

I encourage all providers to see how the funding can be used to boost or improve their existing services and facilities.”

The application window for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital Grants opened today Monday 12th February at 12.00am. Services can apply through the PIP system for the next four weeks, until 3.00pm on Friday 9th March.

The Minister has previously outlined the €6.86 million to be spent across Early Year and School Age Childcare under five funding strands as follows:

  Purpose of grant Max. Grant available
Strand 1 (Early Years) Expansion/New €50,000
Strand 2 (Early Years) Essential Maintenance (Community only) €20,000
Strand 3 (Early Years) Natural outdoor play area €7,000
Strand 4 (School Age) Expansion/New €20,000
Strand 5 (School Age) Essential Maintenance (Community only) €10,000

Detailed guidelines on how to apply are available on PIP and services are encouraged to contact their local City / County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any additional support or advice on their application.

Capital 2018 Guidelines

Teen Triple P workshops for parents of teenagers aged 11-15 years

Midlands Area Parenting Partnership are delighted to offer NEW
Teen Triple P workshops for parents of teenagers aged 11-15 years.

Midlands Area Parenting Partnership deliver the Triple P programme to parents in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. We are now offering teen workshops to parents of 11-15 year olds. Please circulate this information to parents you work with, friends and to colleagues who work with parents of teenagers in this age range. If anyone would like the calendar in a “word” document, please contact our office on 090 64 47111. Two more teen workshops will be launched at a later date. Please note our new website www.askaboutparenting.ie is under construction.

Triple P workshops are evidence based 2 hour sessions. It is free for parents/carers to attend. These workshops offer suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you deal with day to day challenges and promote your teenager’s development. Our new workshop topics are “Getting Teenagers to Cooperate” and “Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions”.

Getting Teenagers to Cooperate Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can be un cooperative and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager to co-operate.

Coping with Teenagers’ Emotion Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can become emotional and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager manage their emotions
Enquiries and bookings are welcome on Phone: 090 64 47111, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.e

Topic  Date  Venue  Time

Getting Teenagers

to Cooperate

Tuesday 13th February Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town  7.30pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 28th February Primary Care Centre, Ballyminnion, Longford town 10am-12pm
Tuesday 6th March Granard- Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 13th March Westmeath Community Development Offices,
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
10am-12pm
Tuesday 13th March Treo Nua Resource Centre, Harpurs’ lane, Portlaoise 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Clonbrusk Resource Centre, Clonbrusk, Athlone 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Athlone Education Centre. Moydrum road, Athlone 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 10th April Ballymahon Library Ballymahon 7.30pm-9.30pm

Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions

Tuesday 20th February Treo Nua Resource Centre,Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise 10am-12pm
Wednesday 28th February Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town  7.30pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 7th March Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 13th March
Westmeath Community Development Offices, 
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
   7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 20th March Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum road, Athlone 7pm- 9pm
Wednesday 21st March  Youth Café/Sub Project, Main Street, Birr 10am-12pm