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Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes first anniversary of full commencement of the Children First Act 2015

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D.,  marked the first anniversary of the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015 on Tuesday 11th December 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Speaking the Minister said, “11 December 2018 marks the first anniversary of a significant milestone in our efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect. This day last year I commenced the final provisions in the Children First Act, placing a legal obligation on certain categories of persons to report serious child protection concerns to Tusla and improving child protection arrangements in organisations providing services to children”.

The Minister highlighted the significant impact that the Act has had, noting that “between December last year and the end of September this year Tusla received almost 9,500 mandated reports of children who may have been harmed or who may be at risk of harm and have been able to take steps to support the children that need help.”

The Minister also highlighted the work that has been done, in organisations that provide relevant services to children, to prepare and publish Child Safeguarding Statements saying “Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility and I would like to commend the organisations across the country that have put time and effort into developing their Child Safeguarding Statements. Your work will help to keep children safe as they engage in educational, sporting and other activities.”

The Minister also encouraged all organisations working with children to check their responsibilities under Children First to ensure that they are in compliance and reminded people that a range of resources are available to support the implementation of Children First, saying “Tusla has produced a range of great resources to support you in implementing Children First. In particular, a 90 minute e-learning training module is available free of charge on their website. I would urge anyone working with children or anyone who is unsure of what to do when they suspect a child is at risk to complete the training. Almost 177,000 people have so far taken the time to do this and they are now better equipped to recognise and respond to child protection concerns”.

Taken together, the Children First Act, the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, represent a significant legislative framework to promote the safety and protection of children. Recognising this the Minister said “Much has been achieved in recent years to safeguard and protect our children but we cannot afford to become complacent. We must all continue to work together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.”

Hanen Teacher Talk Training

AIM LogoWe will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training in January partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Cork City, Letterkenny, Dublin West, Louth, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway, Kerry, Drumcondra, Mayo, Athlone, Wexford and Navan. Invitations will be sent out over the coming weeks.

Lámh trainings will also be offered, again partnering with the Teacher Education Centres across the country. Trainings are scheduled for January, February and March in Cork City, Tralee, Kilkenny, Galway, Drumcondra and Carrick on Shannon. Further trainings are scheduled for April to June in Athlone, Donegal, West Cork, Drumcondra, Limerick, Navan and Dublin West.

We will be prioritizing those services that have children attending their setting that are currently using Lámh. If you have children in your service that are Lámh users, please reach out to your Better Start Early Years Specialist regarding the trainings.

Please note that each staff member can only avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year. In the case where one staff member has already completed Hanen training (18 hours), they can attend Lámh training but will NOT be reimbursed. Payments will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual.

Invites are sent directly to relevant services via Eventbrite and services will be offered up to 2 spaces for each course. The dates may coincide with some LINC training dates, as this will encourage take up and build capacity among other staff. Further info if required from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas 2018 Payments

Services should take their non-payable weeks into account when reviewing payments for all childcare programmes; any non-payable weeks occurring over the Christmas period will impact funding received.


Please find details below of the ECCE Payment schedule and an update on registrations over Christmas:

ECCE Payment Dates: ECCE Payable To: Covering Maximum:
07 December 2018 28 December 2018 5 weeks
14 December 2018 28 December 2018 5 weeks
21 December 2018 28 December 2018 5 weeks
07 January 2019 01 February 2019 5 weeks
11 January 2019 01 February 2019 5 weeks

· Weekly catch-up payments for ECCE will continue until Friday 21st December - this will be the last payment before Christmas.

· The first ECCE payment in 2019 is due on Monday 7th January and will cover a maximum of 5 payable weeks to 1st February 2019.

· ECCE Payments made on a Friday will cover registrations approved by close of business on the previous Monday.

If ECCE Registrations Approved By Close Of Business On: You Will Receive Payment On:
03 December 2018 07 December 2018
10 December 2018 14 December 2018
17 December 2018 21 December 2018
31 December 2018 07 January 2019
07 January 2019 11 January 2019


Please find details below of the CCS/P Payment schedule over Christmas:

CCS/P Payment Dates: CCS Payable To: CCSP Payable To:
07 December 2018 04 January 2019 21 December 2018
14 December 2018 18 January 2019 04 January 2019
04 January 2019 01 February 2019 18 January 2019


Please find details below of the TEC Payment schedule over Christmas:

TEC Payment Dates: TEC Payable To:
14 December 2018 11 January 2019
11 January 2019 25 January 2019

If you have any queries please contact Pobal Online Support on 01-5117222, or your local City/County Childcare Committee.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. Launches Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018

Early yeaars sector profile report 2018 2018Minister Katherine Zappone launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 on November 29th, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the early years sector, with responses from a total of 3,928 childcare services (88% of childcare facilities) providing significant insight into current childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages.

Overall, there are estimated to be 202,600 children attending early years services nationwide (an increase of 9%). While the total capacity within the sector has grown by approximately 6%, this has not kept pace with increased demand, with the total number of vacant childcare places reducing by 31%.

Nationally, the cost of a full-time childcare place has increased by just below €4 (to €177.92), compared to a €7 increase last year. Over the last 12 months, fee increases have been more prevalent in community based services and in those located in rural areas. Despite this increase, fees remain more expensive in affluent areas, in cities, and in private facilities.

Currently, the childcare sector employs over 29,500 staff, almost 26,000 of whom work with children. The average qualification level of childcare staff has increased, with 65% to Level 6 (up 2%). The 2017/2018 report also revealed 47% of all staff work part-time, 3% less than last year. On average, staff working with children earn €12.17 per hour; almost half of these are early year’s assistants, earning an average of €11.20 per hour. The staff turnover rate in the last 12 months was 24.7%, down slightly from 28% the previous year.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. formally launched the report and speaking at the event said:

“We are experiencing a period of transformative change in the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland. Over 200,000 children attended an early learning and care setting last year; an experience that will impact these children positively as they make their way through life. More than 84,000 benefited from the enhanced measures introduced last year.

The new subsidies we introduced last year have stabilised the cost of childcare, which has only grown by 2% this year and the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will launch in late 2019. Investment in childcare has grown 117% over recent budgets and these figures show that this is working.

The number of staff working in the sector has grown by 8% to nearly 30,000 and we welcome the nearly 100 new services delivering our schemes this year; improving access to quality early learning across the country.”

Denis Leamy, Pobal CEO added:

“Once again, the Early Years Sector Profile Report, developed and published by Pobal has revealed important findings, analysis and key insights into the early years sector. The responses received from our colleagues in the early years sector, allow for the formulation of accurate and dependable analysis, highlighting existing opportunities and challenges. Pobal are proud to produce this important publication on an annual basis and we are mindful of the significance of the report and how key findings are used to inform and guide future developments and policy within the sector”.

The detailed report, presents an overview of the early years sector in Ireland for the programme year 2017/2018. Report analysis is based on survey responses received in late April and early May 2018 and supplemented with information available from the national childcare ICT system – ‘Programme Implementation Platform’ (PIP).

Responses also demonstrated that, nine in ten children who are currently attending early years services receive funding from one of the three DCYA funded programmes (ECCE, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) / Training and Employment Childcare programmes (TEC)). During the programme year, over 185,500 children were supported by programmes, an increase of 24% on the previous year. The report also found, 7% of children attending early years services had additional needs.

The Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 is available HERE

CPD Payment Update

PobalLogoCPD Payments will be issued to all services for participants who completed Hanen and/or Lámh trainings between August 2018 and 24th of November 2018 no later than 21st of December 2018.

Payment for those participants that complete trainings after the 24th of November 2018 will be issued at a later date.

Please note that each staff member can avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year and payments are calculated on this basis. Payments for all participants will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual. Re-imbursement by way of payment or time worked is the responsibility of the employer.
The rate of payment is €13 per hour.

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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