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National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Attendance Returns

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The National Childcare Scheme was launched on Wednesday, 20th November and many of you will now be submitting returns on a weekly basis. Below are some useful reminders regarding returns:

Returns must be submitted on a weekly basis for all children attending your service who are registered for the National Childcare Scheme.
Returns for the previous week will become available for submission on the Early Years Hive each Sunday at 23.30 and need to be successfully submitted by the following Wednesday at 23.30 in order for payments to reach your registered bank account by the following Friday.

Any returns submitted outside of this timeframe will subsequently be processed the following week as a result.
Please see the Returns quick guide on the Early Years Hive for assistance on how to submit a return.

Two new attendance tracker tools have also been added to the Programme Information section of the Early Years Hive; a 5-day version and a 7-day version. It is not a requirement for service providers to use these tools, however, you may find them helpful for keeping accurate attendance records for the children attending your service.

If you need any further clarification, please contact your local CCC or the Early Years Provider Centre on 01 511 7222 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pilot initiative of arts bursaries for Early Years Services

Minister Zappone announces pilot initiative of arts bursaries for early years services 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
Published: 27 November 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

  • Pilot initiative will be delivered through four arts and cultural organisations working with Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services
  • This investment in arts and culture is a pilot initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) under Creative Ireland, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, is delighted to announce a number of arts bursaries that will be delivered through four arts and cultural organisations working with Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services.

The projects, which were chosen through a competitive tendering process, are:

  • ReCreate will provide free access to their arts and crafts supplies service for 175 School Age Childcare Services across the country.
  • The Ark Cultural Centre for Children will provide three, two month long, artist in residencies in Early Learning and Care services.
  • Graffiti Theatre will connect artists with 9 settings for children under 3 years old.
  • Children’s Books Ireland will engage with 50 Early Learning and Care services, providing them with books and resources to encourage reading and play.

Announcing the bursaries at an Early Years Forum today, Minister Zappone said:  “Through this pilot programme of bursaries, a number of Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare settings will be able to access age-appropriate arts and cultural experiences for the children they serve. The process itself, and the experience of the services and of the children, will be evaluated and the learning will be shared. I look forward to hearing about their experiences.

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LGBTI Information session for Parents and Training for Staff

Youth Work Ireland Laois are hosting an Information session for Parents Inforamtion Session on Thursday 5th December at 6.30pm in the Tullamore Library.

They are also hosting a 1 day Information and Training Workshop for staff on Thursday 5th December or Friday 6th December from 10.30am- 1.30pm in Youth Work Ireland Laois.

Contact Natalie on 086 7876277 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Submit NCS Service Calendars for 2019 and 2020

Submit NCS Service Calendars for 2019 and 2020 PobalLogo

Please be aware that all service providers contracted to the National Childcare Scheme should have two active service calendars on their Early Years Hive; one for the current programme year and one for the following programme year.

Service calendars are submitted for each programme year i.e. August to August. If a parent was awarded a 52-week award, then this would run from November 2019 until November 2020. Their chosen provider would then be required to have an active service calendar for the 2020/21 programme year to cover the entire award.

As such, you must submit both a 2019 NCS service calendar and a 2020 NCS service calendar. If you are unsure as to what your opening hours will in the next programme year, please replicate your 2019 hours. You will be able to amend this calendar at a later date.

Check out the Service Calendar quick guide on the Early Years Hive for more information on how to add a service calendar. There you’ll find a clear PDF action sheet outlining the steps involved as well a short training video.

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ELC and SAC 19 - Reporting Announcement

ELC and SAC 19 - Reporting Announcement PobalLogo

Please be advised, the closing date for submission of Expenditure Reporting on ELC and SAC 19 is the 30th of November 2019.

Any Returns not submitted by that date WILL NOT receive the final 10% of the grant.
Services that do not submit returns will be subject to funding being withdrawn and risk having to return the 90% of the grant that has already been paid.

Please submit your Expenditure Reports by Return. If you require any further assistance please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01511722

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