ECCE Programme Call 2021/22 Opening Monday
Dear Service Provider,
The ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) Scheme 2021/2022 programme will commence on the Early Years Hive this Monday 23 August 2021.
The Early Years Team
Dear Service Provider,
The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable tomorrow, Thursday 19 August at 4pm for a maximum of 5 hours due to scheduled maintenance.
After this time, you will need to refresh your web browser to access the portal again.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.
The Early Years Team
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners on 16th August who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Graduate Bursary applications.
The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:
1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:
a. On the DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.
b. The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCEDIY which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.
2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2015 - 2021.
3. The bursary amount will be €750.
4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
5. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following - a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.
10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.
11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.
12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.
With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCDIY published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.
With regard to(8) above: DCEDIY is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but the DCEDIY is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.
Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCEDIY Privacy Notice: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation-information/68bb14-department-of-children-and-youth-affairs-data-protection/
The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary application or payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCEDIY directly.
I. Application form to be completed in full and submitted by the deadline specified.
II. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care service.
III. Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with the application form.
IV. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
V. The transcripts from the third level education institution must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of online student records cannot be accepted.
VI. The transcript from the third level education institution can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.
Timeframe for applications:
|16th August||Call for applications open by CCCs|
|1st October||All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 1st October 2021.|
|Week of 15th November||CCCs pay approved applicants|
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) wish to advise that Service Providers can again accept confirmation of the acceptance of the ECCE, NCS and CCSP Savers ‘Parental Declarations’ by the relevant parent either by email or by hard copy. This is the written agreement between the parent and the Service Provider.
Parents should be given the option of physically signing the agreement or agreeing to it by email. Parents who wish to avail of the email option should:
• be advised that in regard to data protection, the use of email is a less secure option as this will involve the sharing of personal data over the internet via emails,
• be asked to reconfirm the appropriate email address to use.
The Service Provider should ensure that the correct Parental Declaration issues via the reconfirmed email address to the appropriate family. Providers are reminded that they agree to only process shared personal data for the implementation of the relevant DCEDIY childcare programme.
Parents opting for the email option should be asked to respond to your Parental Declaration email and it should be clear from the email chain that the parents agree to what is set out in their Parental Declaration document. Please see below for instruction on how to email the Parental Declaration.
ECCE – You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each ECCE registration on the Early Years Hive. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.
NCS – there is no automated parental agreement available for NCS. Please see this guide on how to create such an agreement. Once you have your template, you can email it to the parent. Please note that a signed copy of the Parental Agreement is required by legislation for NCS.
CCSP Saver - You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each CCSP Saver registration on the PIP Portal. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.
Early Years Team
Dear Service Provider,
The Programme Call for the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) Saver Programme opens this Monday 16 August 2021 on the PIP Portal.
The Early Years Team.