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

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COVID-19 Notice

Dear Service Provider, PobalLogo

In light of the recent communication from the Government regarding the closure of childcare facilities until 29th March, 2020 due to Covid-19, we wish to inform you of the following;

Pobal service delivery:
While Pobal plan to provide a full business as usual service, given the changing nature of the situation, our main objective will be to ensure that payments are made to Service Providers for all schemes for the duration of the closures.

Better Start:
All Better Start service visits have been suspended until such time as services re-open.

Any queries in relation to the following areas can be sent to the subsequent email addresses;

· Better Start Quality Development Service - can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
· AIM support queries - can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
· General queries - can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIM L3 (Hanen Teacher Talk) training has been suspended as of 12th March 2020 and will be re-scheduled once the advised restrictions are lifted. Queries can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note, NSAI Aistear and Play training has also been suspended as of 12th March 2020 and will be re-scheduled once the advised restrictions are lifted. Queries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Force Majeure:
Service Providers are not required to submit a force majeure application for the period of the Covid19 closure, to March 29th.

Payments:
Payments relating to ECCE, CCSP, AIM and TEC will continue as normal.

NCS returns will not be generated on the HIVE to Service Providers, but Pobal will make weekly payments based on approved valid claims/registrations. All invalid claims should be amended by today to ensure payments are made through the closure period.

Registrations:
Service Providers will not be permitted to submit any new registrations from 11.59pm on 12th March, for the period of closure. Service Providers are encouraged to ensure that all ECCE and NCS registrations are up to date as of today’s date.

Compliance:
In light of service provider closures, compliance visits have being suspended. They will recommence when services are reopened.

For all other queries please contact the Early Years Provider Centre on 01 5117222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Minister Zappone welcomes launch of the Postal Application Process for the National Childcare Scheme

Minister Zappone welcomes launch of the Postal Application Process for the National Childcare SchemeNational Childcare Scheme Logo

Published: 11 March 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs
30,359 applications received to date for 39,572 children.

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) opened for online applications on 20th November 2019. To date 30,359 applications for support for 39,572 children have been processed. 3,646 childcare providers have contracted to deliver services under the NCS.

Welcoming the launch of the NCS postal application process, Minister Zappone said:

“I am delighted with the response to the National Childcare Scheme. Applications have been received for almost 40,000 children since the launch of the NCS on the 20th November 2019.

“The introduction of the postal application process provides another route for families who choose an “offline” route. I would like to see the numbers making applications continue to grow, and I encourage parents to visit our website www.ncs.gov.ie for more information on what they may be eligible for and how to apply using the online or postal application process.”

From 13 March 2020, families can continue to opt to apply online for subsidies under the NCS, or, they may choose to apply offline, by requesting a paper application form from the National Childcare Scheme - Parent Support Centre.

For most families, the quickest and easiest way to apply and receive a subsidy is by using the online application process. This requires a verified MyGovID account and families can apply directly at www.ncs.gov.ie. The innovative, purpose-built IT system of the NCS aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.

Alternatively, families who wish to apply for subsidies by post can contact the National Childcare Scheme - Parent Support Centre by phone (see details below) and the appropriate form will then be posted out for completion.

Subsidies awarded to families can be used with any participating Tusla registered, early learning and care and school age childcare providers. This includes Tusla registered childminders.

Under the NCS, families are being supported to meet the cost of quality early learning and care and school age childcare through a system of universal and income-related subsidies. Additional funding provided under Budgets 2019 and 2020 seeks to ensure that thousands of extra children will benefit from the NCS, beyond that originally expected. The additional investment should also ensure that thousands of other children will see increases to subsidies they were already eligible for. Income based subsidies are available to families with reckonable household incomes of up to €60,000 per annum. Depending on family circumstances, this can be in the region of €90,000 in gross income.

The NCS is paving the way for Ireland’s childcare system to transform from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the best.

Further information and resources for parents are available at www.ncs.gov.ie. The National Childcare Scheme - Parent Support Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm and can be contacted at 01 906 8530.

Early Years Hive - Scheduled Maintenance

Early Years Hive - Scheduled Maintenance ncs logo long

Dear Service Provider,

Both the National Childcare Scheme website (NCS.gov.ie) and the Early Years Hive will be unavailable on Wednesday, 11th March for a maximum of 4 hours between 3pm and 7pm, due to scheduled maintenance.

During this time, the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) will have limited capacity to assist as internal systems will also be affected.
We try to keep temporary downtime such as this to a minimum, however, they are essential for the development and improvement of the Early Years Hive.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Early Years Team

Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis. des

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate.

Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.

Schools, pre-schools and higher education settings have been provided with advice and guidance in respect of Covid-19. There is up to date guidance for schools and parents on education.ie/covid19.

The Department is deeply conscious of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.

This is an evolving situation and the health advice is being updated on a daily basis. The Department of Education and Skills and Department of Health will continue to work closely together on this issue.

Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

 

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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