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Minister Zappone launches the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024

  • CYPSC plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national levelCYPSC share vision pic
  • Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019–2024 provides road map for further development of CYPSC initiative over the next five years there are 27 CYPSC established nationwide
  • CYPSC are co-funded by DCYA, Tusla and the Healthy Ireland Initiative - total budget for CYPSC in 2019 is €4.6 million
  • CYPSC are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national level.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today (4th November) launched the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 - 2024 .

CYPSC are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national level

The aim of Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019–2024 is to provide a road map for the further development of the CYPSC initiative over the next five years.

Shared Vision Next Steps 2019 - 2024 is the successor to the Blueprint for the Development of Children and Young People's Services Committees 2015 - 2017. It takes stock of progress and identifies the most immediate actions which need to be addressed and advanced. This will assist CYPSC to further develop in a strategic, integrated and sustainable manner to support the co-ordination and planning of efficient and effective services for children and young people.

Minister Zappone said:

“Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) bring together a diverse group of agencies in their local areas to engage in joint planning of services for children and young people. I see them as a key inter-agency vehicle for the roll-out of initiatives in collaboration with other partners. These efforts are ensuring that our services and supports are planned and coordinated in a way that is responsive and relevant to the needs of our children and young people.
Through ‘Shared Vision Next Steps 2019 – 2024’, the main focus for CYPSC over the next five years is to build and consolidate on the positive work to date, to identify local and national priorities and to foster further collaboration to effect change in local communities. Joined up working and joined up thinking and leadership, both locally and nationally, will be at the forefront of DCYA, CYPSC and Tusla efforts.
Through the actions in ‘Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024’, I am confident that both now and in years to come, the impact of these initiatives will be significant, as it will support children and young people, their families, their communities and vulnerable groups who are experiencing difficulties in their lives."

Early Years Hive – Is your service parent ready?

Early Years Hive – Is your service parent ready? National Childcare Scheme Logo

Almost all early years service providers have now received an invitation to the Early Years Hive to complete a series of readiness steps.

All steps must be completed on the new Early Years Hive so that services will be Parent Ready on November 20th when the National Childcare Scheme is launched.

To ensure you are parent ready on 20th November the PAU for your organisation must complete the following steps:
1. Click on the invitation link sent to the PAUs email address
2. Complete the readiness tasks by submitting the following:-
- Bank account details;
- Tusla registration;
- Service calendar;
- Fees list;
- NCS Programme Application.
Once all of the above steps have been completed you will be ready to register CHICKS from parents ishing to avail of the National Childcare Scheme from 20th November.

The Early Years Hive will be available for new service providers to on-board from Tuesday 12th , November.

Contact Early Years Provider Centre on 01 5117222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries.

NCS Capital Grant Announcement

NCS Capital Grant Announcement PobalLogo

The application window for NCS Capital 2019 will close on the 1st of November 2019.

There is now only one full day remaining to submit applications.

For any services who wish to apply at this stage, please check your grant allocation and make an application in advance of this closing date. Please note that new service allocations will not be processed after close of business on Thursday 31st October 2019.

As our lines are very busy approaching the deadline we cannot guarantee that all technical queries/ issues raised with our Online Support team will be resolved before the application deadline of Friday (1st November).

Minister Zappone addresses Funding Model Expert Group at Inaugural Meeting

Published: 29 October 201919875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare

Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children

Extensive programme of engagement and consultation with key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers to take place

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today (Tuesday) addressed the inaugural meeting of the Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare.

Delivering on a commitment in First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028,

the Expert Group has been convened to examine the current model of funding for early learning and care and school-age childcare and its effectiveness in delivering quality, affordable, sustainable and inclusive services. The Group will make recommendations on how additional funding for the sector can be structured to deliver on these objectives going forward.

The Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children, and includes national and international experts in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare systems; funding and quality; economics; and relevant policy experts from Government Departments as follows:

  • Professor Edward Melhuish, Professor of Human Development at Oxford University and a highly renowned international research expert on quality in Early Learning and Care
  • Professor Eva Lloyd, Director of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare and a Professor of Early Childhood at the University of East London, highly specialised in the niche field of funding of Early Learning and Care
  • Tove Mogstad Slinde, Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in the Department of Kindergartens and Schools and former Chair of the OECD Network on Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Dr Tim Callan, former Research Professor at the ESRI and with significant experience in tax and welfare policy, financial incentives to work, labour supply, and income distribution
  • Dr Rory O’Donnell, former Director of the National Economic and Social Council leading analysis on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues
  • Officials from the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs (Bernie McNally, Dr. Anne-Marie Brooks), Public Expenditure and Reform (Niamh Callaghan) and Education and Skills

Addressing the Group this morning the Minister reflected on the significant progress that has been made in recent years in transforming the system for early learning and care and school-age childcare. For example, the numbers of children benefitting from State supported early learning and childcare has more than doubled since 2015. Free-pre-school provided under the ECCE Programme has increased from one year to two years. Supports have been put in place for children with additional learning needs to access this Programme and there have been very significant increases in subsidies for families who need it most.

The Minister also noted the challenges that remain, including the cost of early learning and care and school-age childcare to families, which remains higher in Ireland than in other OECD countries and the quality of provision, which remains variable. The Minister also restated her support for better pay and conditions for staff in the sector given the critical role they play in supporting young children's early learning and development and providing a safe and caring environment.

The Minister said:

“In the First 5 Strategy we have pledged to double investment in early learning and care and school-age childcare over the next 10 years. But more funding, even if it reaches record levels, is only part of the answer. We now need to ensure that public funding is allocated efficiently, fairly and that it is targeted in the correct manner, not just to families most in need, but within settings, to where it can make the greatest difference from a quality perspective."
“Investment must continue to reduce the out of pocket cost to parents. It must compensate providers so that they can deliver early learning and care and school-age on a sustainable and high-quality basis. It must be used to attract and retain a well-qualified. It must be directed towards creating more supportive working conditions, where the workforce feel valued, where there is time for preparation, for reflection and for parental engagement, among other things."

The Minister described the funding model as the:  “crucial mechanism to address challenges in the sector and to channel additional State investment."

The Expert Group will meet 12 times in total over the next two years and their recommendations will submitted to Government for approval.

A research partner will also be contracted to deliver rigorous, evidence-based inputs that will support the work of the Group. They will, under the direction of the Group, lead an extensive programme of engagement and consultation with the key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers.

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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