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Offaly County Childcare Committee is located at St Joseph's Community Centre in Kilcormac, Co Offaly.

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Higher Capitation Update

Higher Capitation PobalLogo

The DCYA and Pobal have agreed the following measures to support providers whose applications for Higher Capitation in Programme Year 2019/2020 have not yet been approved:

Higher Capitation preliminary payments
Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019

A second preliminary payment will be made on 1st November to providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were in receipt of the first preliminary payment. The second preliminary payment will be for a four-week period that will take providers to 20/10/2019. The payment is based on child FTE (we 18/10/2019) using the Max FTE CAP for services who were approved for higher capitation last year.

A third preliminary payment will be made on 8th November for any service provider who has still not been approved. This payment will be for a four week period that will take providers to 22/11/2019.

Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers NOT IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019
A preliminary payment will also be made on 29th October to service providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were not in receipt of Higher Capitation for 2018/2019. This payment will be for an eight week period.

A second preliminary payment will be made to these services on 8th November and this payment will be for a four week period.
For any Higher Capitation application or payment queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Qualifications
Proof of qualification eligibility must be submitted for each relevant staff member present in a Higher Capitation session. Prior to submitting an application, a service provider should ensure that staff members’ qualifications are eligible, by verifying these on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications’ list.

If the qualification is not included on this list, the staff member should contact DCYA via email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply for qualification recognition.
Please see DCYA website https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/297c05-early-years-recognised-qualifications/?referrer=/cat/en/childcare/2210.htm/ for the application form and the documentation required by DCYA .

Please be advised that statements of results attached as qualification proof for staff members of Higher Capitation sessions, are only accepted when:
· QQI Level 5 and 6 qualifications are provided.

· The award is clearly confirmed

· Final results are confirmed (not provisional). If the statement of results is not clear on whether the award has been successfully completed, then further information should be requested to confirm (i.e. an official letter from the course provider). If an applicant is unable to confirm, they will have to apply for qualifications recognition.

NCS Capital Grant Closing date

NCS Capital Grant   PobalLogo

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

There is now only one week 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.

We strongly advise the submission of NCS Capital applications before midday Thursday 31st October to ensure that any technical issues raised can be resolved before the deadline of Friday 1st November.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222

AIM Level 1 LINC Applications

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Applications for all qualified LINC Co-Ordinators are open. Applications must be received before 31 October 2019 in order to receive funding for the full ECCE year. There will be no backdating of funding for applications received after that date.

Newly qualified graduates can apply now using your Graduate ID (Student ID).

Services who had funding for previous years will need to reapply for the 2019/2020 ECCE year.

If your Inclusion Co-Ordinator is on extended leave (maternity/sick) then you will need to reapply when they return from leave.

If your Inclusion Co-Ordinator ceases employment or is on maternity or sick leave then you must complete a Notification of Change form which you will find on PIP under Better Start Aim – Consent Forms and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For any further queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CCSP and TEC closing dates

CCSP will permanently close for new registrations at midnight on Friday 15th November, 2019 in advance of the commencement of the National Childcare Scheme. After this date onlyPobalLogo
CCSP registrations with a status of 'Submitted' , 'Provisional' and 'Approved' will be eligible to remain on the programme and will be referred to as 'Savers'.

After November 15th , no new entrants will be permitted to the scheme, although providers will be required to adjust their days and/or session types for existing registrations to ensure compliance with scheme rules. These changes can only be made during 'Saver Management Windows'. Please refer to Transitional Rules for the DCYA Targeted Childcare Funding Programmes for more information.

In order to amend registrations during the Saver Management Window, registrations must have a status of 'Approved'.

TEC programmes will remain open for new registrations until February 2020.

The proposed dates for the CCSP Saver Management Windows are as follows, and are subject to change:

December - 20th December, 2019 - 13th January, 2020

February - 14th February, 2020 - 2nd March, 2020

April - 3rd April, 2020 - 20th April, 2020

June - 26th June, 2020 - 20th July, 2020

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 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 015117222

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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