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Minister O’Gorman recommends establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector

Minister O’Gorman recommends establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the Early LearningRoderic OGorman
and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector

From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

PRESS RELEASE

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, T.D., has written to the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English T.D., recommending the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the early learning and care (ELC) and school-age childcare (SAC) sector.

The Programme for Government commits to supporting the establishment of a JLC for the sector.

The recommendation follows an 8-week pre-JLC consultation process initiated by the Minister in partnership with SIPTU and CSI/IBEC, and independently chaired by Dr Kevin Duffy, former Chair of the Labour Court. As part of the process, interested parties were invited to discuss how best to address issues of pay and conditions in the sector and how a JLC might support this.

Following the conclusion of the pre-JLC consultation process, Dr Duffy submitted to the Minister a report which recommends the establishment of a JLC.

If established, a JLC would provide an opportunity for SIPTU and CSI/IBEC to engage in negotiations on an Employment Regulation Order which could ultimately establish binding rates of pay and conditions for the sector.

Minister O’Gorman stated:

“I was pleased to read Dr Duffy’s report on the very positive progress that was made in the ‘Pre-JLC’ process that I initiated in partnership with SIPTU and CSI/IBEC. I would like to thank Dr Duffy and all the parties involved for their efforts and commitment.

“While there is still a distance to travel, today marks an important milestone in our journey towards improved pay and conditions for those working in the sector.”

He continued:

“Finding an appropriate mechanism to address pay and conditions is key to the ongoing professionalisation of the sector, and will underpin the delivery of quality services for children and families.”

Under the Industrial Relations Act 1946, the Minister for of State for Business, Employment and Retail has the power to apply to the Labour Court for the establishment of a JLC, and it is the statutory role of the Labour Court to determine the appropriateness of establishing a JLC in a given sector.

Covid-19 Operating Support Payment (COSP) extension information

Dear Service Provider,

The Covid-19 Operating Support Payment (COSP) has been extended to cover the period 8th March to 28th March.  All services eligible for the extended COSP were notified on Friday, 5th March.   To receive funding, all services eligible for COSP are required to accept terms and conditions of funding.  To facilitate this, a COSP funding agreement relating to the extended period, will be available on HIVE from Friday, 12th March to Friday, 26th March.  Please see the how-to guide for further details on how to complete this process.

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Eligible COSP services who have accepted the terms and condition of funding by COB on Monday, 15th March will be paid on Friday, 19th March.  Thereafter, payments will be issued on a weekly basis. 

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Should you have any queries in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Supports outlined above please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following categories:

  • Request Type Detail: COSP General Query
  • Request Type: COSP
  • Programme Request: Covid 19 Supports

Early Years Team

Resumption of Compliance announcement

​Dear Service Provider,

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Further to our communication issued on 15 February, when Department announced that compliance checks would resume on a staggered basis, Pobal commenced verification checks on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS) on 22 February.

The  verification checks are being carried out remotely (desk-based) and in full compliance with public health advice. Services will be required to submit relevant documents upon request to Pobal who will then assess them. This may involve additional correspondence where clarifications are sought.

If your service has been selected for a verification check on the TWSCS and you are experiencing difficulties in responding to Pobal’s compliance requests, we would urge you to contact Pobal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance, as soon as possible. Pobal can discuss possible options to ease any administrative burden of the verification process.

In relation to compliance checks commencing on other Departmental funded schemes, advance notice will be given to allow you to prepare for remote-based checks.

The Department would like to thank you all services for your continued efforts during this exceptional time.

Many thanks

Early Years Team

Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance

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Dear Service Provider,

The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable tomorrow, 11 March for a maximum of 4 hours between 5pm and 9pm 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.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

The Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for December 2020 are available for completion at Pobal Online

The Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for December 2020 are available for completion at Pobal Online PobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

“As advised previously the DCEDIY would like to emphasise the importance for all community services to continue to complete and submit FIRs to Pobal. These returns provide essential information that allows DCEDIY and Pobal to identify and help services to resolve problems. They also act as an informative tool for services in the effective planning of their financial future and highlight the real effect of closure due to Covid-19 on community services.”

The deadline for submission for December 2020 FIRs has expired, however, due to the current circumstances the end date for submission has now been extended until Friday, 19th March.

If you require any assistance in completing the return please contact your support officer.

Early Years Team

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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