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Jigsaw webinar for parents

This is a recording of a webinar for parents about how to support young people while in lock-down for the prevention of Covid-19.

Jen and Vanessa presented a piece about compassion-focused support and took questions live from parents and responded.

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Further clarification from the DCYA on payments

​Further clarification from the DCYA on payments. This information has also been emailed directly to Early Learning ProvidersDCYA new logo

Approximately €4m in payments will issue from Pobal to relevant providers on Wednesday and should be in accounts on Thursday, 9 April.

Payments are individualised by contracted ELC and SAC service according to current child registrations and their calendar for the period 6-10 April only. (Note for those delivering NCS: the two weeks of 30 March to 3 April and 6 April to 10 April are due for payment on 9 April.)
This is the total amount that would have been expected by services, and committed by DCYA, before COVID-19, for the week Monday 6 April to Friday 10 April. It includes CCS, NCS, TEC and a small amount for ECCE.

The smaller amount for ECCE reflects that most ECCE services were due to be closed for Easter.

DCYA cannot confirm a date for the new WSCS funding agreement but is working intensively, and significant progress has been made.

Services are reminded that the WSCS layers on top of the Revenue scheme (WSS) and hence services wishing to avail of the new DCYA scheme must be registered for WSS first.

Early Years Division
DCYA

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DCYA update on payments and the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme

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Approximately €5m in payments will issue from Pobal to relevant providers on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 and should be in providers’ bank accounts on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

ECCE, CCSP and TEC

Payments to contracted ELC and SAC services will be calculated based on current child registrations and the calendars submitted by the provider to Pobal on or before the closure of services on 12 March 2020.

It should be noted that payments will only be made to services that had 6-10 April marked as a payable week on their calendar on the date of closure, 12 March 2020. Payments will therefore reflect the amount that would have been expected by services, and committed by DCYA, before COVID closures, for the week Monday 6 April to Friday 10 April.

NCS

The two weeks of 30 March to 5 April and 6 April to 12 April will be paid on 9 April. Where a provider may have opted for an unpaid week in either of these payment periods, this payment will be treated as a paid closure and reconciled when services have reopened.

Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme

DCYA continues to work closely with our Government partners regarding the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme.

Early Years Division
DCYA

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DCYA update on Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme Update & Payments for ELC and SAC programmes on an ex-gratia basis up until 10 April 2020

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Further to previous communications that have issued in recent weeks, DCYA has been working intensively on the new Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme to support the Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare sector at this extremely difficult time.

We are working closely with Revenue and other partners across Government on how the Revenue’s Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment will interact with the DCYA Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme.

We have made significant progress, but unfortunately the DCYA Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme is not yet ready to launch.

In the interim, as a sustainability measure and pending the finalisation of the new scheme, DCYA will continue to make payments for ELC and SAC programmes based on service calendars on an ex-gratia basis up until 10 April 2020.

Services continue to have access to the Wage Subsidy Scheme and other Government supports listed in our recent FAQs.

We regret the delay in finalising this complex new scheme and thank you for your patience at this challenging time. We are however, as stated, making significant progress and we will continue to work on this over the weekend.

We will revert to you as soon as possible.

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