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COVID-19 Operating Support Payment (COSP) - Verification Checks

Dear Service Provider, COSP Verification Checks 02.09.21

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) has provided supports to the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Care (SAC) sector in recognition of the particular challenges and difficulties facing providers.

One such support was the COVID-19 Operating Support Payment (COSP). The purpose of this payment was to support Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) services for the period 1 February to 28 March 2021.

As with all funding, the Department is required to ensure that the funding claimed was used for the purposes intended. The Department and Pobal will soon be undertaking verification checks against the criteria of the COSP for a sample of services funded. These checks will verify participating services’ compliance with the COSP and will be carried out remotely in line with public health advice. The verification desk checks are expected to commence shortly and you will be notified in advance if your service is selected.

You are requested to review all of the materials carefully to ensure that you have met requirements of the COSP.

The Department and Pobal would like to thank you for your ongoing work and cooperation during this challenging time.

Yours faithfully,

The Pobal Compliance Team.



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👉About this event:
Offaly County Childcare Committee are offering all childminders the opportunity to attend online network meetings in 2021. This is the third meeting of 2021, and it will be held on
Tuesday 8th September 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
✅At this meeting we will discuss Aistear for Childminders.
✅What is Aistear? Aistear is a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It describes the types of learning that are important for children in their early years.
✅How can Aistear help me as childminder? There are lots of great examples, exciting ideas, and practical suggestions in Aistear to help you as you work with the children in your childminding setting which we will discuss.
👉Booking conditions:
• You are welcome to join the meeting if you are working as a childminder in County Offaly but not registered with Offaly County Childcare Committee.
• Places are intended for childminders based within the county of Offaly (If this criterion does not apply to you, your booking may be cancelled)
• Places are limited
• Please book your place on Eventbrite:
• You will be sent a zoom link before the event
National Action Plan for Childminding (2021-2028)Childminders NAPC Logo
On April 15th, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth launched the National Action Plan for Childminding (2021-2028) which sets out a phased approach to the development of a Childminding Sector in Ireland and will look at the introduction of Childminding Specific Regulations and Registration of Childminders. The National Action Plan for Childminding will set out supports and resources which are available to Childminders.


Playing Outdoors Grant - Extended to 10th September

playing outdoor grant deadline extended

The deadline for the Playing Outside Grant 2021 has been extended : you now have until 5pm on Friday 10 September to apply. Remember, you can also use the grant to purchase a CO2 monitor for your service.

There is €5.5 million in funding available under this grant to support childcare services to enhance their outdoor playing area, in line with current public health guidelines.

The amount of grant which is paid to each Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Service is based on the number of individual children registered in a service on one or more DCEDIY programmes on the 3rd of May 2021. The number of individual children registered will be taken from Early Years Portal and PIP systems hosted by Pobal.

The amount of funding each service is allocated under The Playing Outside Grant 2021 is as follows:

Number of children registered on DECDIYProgrammes Grant Allocation 
1-49 €1,000
50-99 €2,000
100+  €2,500

Further information

For further information on the programme rules and how to apply for this grant please read the Applicant Guidelines (HERE).

For a Step by Step guide on how to complete the application on HIVE please read the Technical Guidelines (HERE).



Notice to providers on Fees List Publication

As you are aware, ECCE and NCS providers are contractually required to publish their fees lists:Early Years Hive

• in an area accessible to parents
• on any online platform maintained by the Approved Provider for the purpose of advertising its service.

In addition, the contract permits the Department to make those fees lists available through its website.

The facility to provide for the publication of fees lists through scheme websites was not available in the first year of operation of the Early Years Hive portal but is now ready for release.

From Thursday 26 August 2021, your fees lists will be viewable to the public through the NCS parent website.

The fees will be those you have entered into Early Years Hive during the Programme Readiness process, so this will require no further action on your part.

This will better inform parents on their choices with regard to Early Learning and Care and School Aged Childcare (ELC/SAC) and increase the transparency of ELC/SAC costs, supplementing the actions providers have already taken to publish those fees lists.

It will also assist City and County Childcare Committees in their role of monitoring certain fees matters.

All services that have fully on-boarded to the Early Years Hive, are open, and have an active Funding Agreement under NCS and/or ECCE, will have their fees published under the Childcare Search on the NCS website


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