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

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Early Years Service Profile

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The 2019/2020 Annual Early Years Service Profile launches on Monday 15th June.

The annual survey is developed by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in consultation with key stakeholders in the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector. This year’s survey in particular will help Government understand the impact of COVID-19 on the early years sector in Ireland.

The deadline for completing the survey is 5pm, Friday 26th June.

We understand that the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, and that their focus is placed on working towards the phased reopening of services in line with the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. We also acknowledge and sincerely thank the sector for their participation in the recent survey, which was rolled out to inform plans on reopening.

While recognising these very challenging circumstances, we kindly ask all services to make the time over this period to complete this survey. The survey has been shortened this year and will only collect the most critical information needed to inform Government policy, planning and investment. The data provided by services has been used to advise Government for over 17 years and we hope to continue this important data collection this year, particularly given the challenges COVID-19 have presented for this sector. Only your inputs can ensure that we can maintain an accurate, up-to-date and evidence-based profile of the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector in Ireland and that we can capture a profile of services before the COVID-19 closures in March. This means that in time, when the survey rolls out again, we can objectively assess the impact of COVID-19 on individual services and on the sector as a whole.

If you have any queries about completing your service profile, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Years Team

TWSCS Payments

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Please be aware that this week’s payments have been processed for all services who have submitted the TWSCS funding agreement and application form. Preliminary payments paid to date have been reconciled against the actual payment due. Where an overpayment was identified in this reconciliation, no payment will issue this week.

Providers will receive payments, if due, based on the calculations of the data submitted in the application, up to week ending 19th June. Providers whose applications were previously in review have been calculated. However, as per previous communications, because there are some issues with the information submitted on the application such as Revenue verification, some of the calculated payments have not been made. Changes may be required to the application and contact will be made with these providers next week to follow up.

Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2019/20 – Extension of Application Deadline to 1pm Monday 15th June

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The date that applications will close for Programme Support Payments has now been extended to 1pm Monday, 15th June.

On Friday, 17th April the DCYA released an advance payment of one third of the Programme Support Payment (PSP) that services were scheduled to receive in June 2020. In order to receive the remaining two-thirds and retain the one third already paid to services, the application form must be completed and submitted by 1pm Monday, 15th June.

If a service does not wish to apply, then the advance payment must be returned. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements to return the payment.

A ‘How to Guide’ including screen shots explaining how to apply through the service provider portal is attached here.

THIS is a final reminder and late applications will not be accepted.

Government announces substantial supports for the Re-opening of Childcare | Minister Zappone announces funding package of €75M for Reopening Early Learning and Childcare Services

Press release 10 06 2020

 

Please see the below Press Release from Minister Katherine Zappone announcing a funding package of €75m for Reopening Early Learning and Childcare Services from 29 June

Press Release Funding Model - 10th June 2020

Below also please see a message from Minister Zappone to the Childcare Sector

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qksf6NJJens&feature=youtu.be

Revenue to implement TWSS changes for employees who have been on maternity and adoptive leave

Revenue has confirmed that, following an announcement today (29/05/2020) by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, itrevenue logo
 is implementing a change to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) to accommodate employees returning to work following maternity or adoptive leave.

The current legislative rules provide for a subsidy payment based on each employee’s normal net weekly pay for January and February 2020. This means that employees returning to work following maternity or adoptive leave are not eligible for a TWSS payment, where they were not on the payroll on 29 February 2020, or where the employer was not paying wages to the employee who was on such leave in either January or February.

Today, Revenue confirmed that the necessary processes to enable employers to receive appropriate subsidy payments in respect of affected employees are expected to be operational from 12 June 2020.

Retrospection will apply from 26 March for employees who were retained on payroll by their employers, which will be implemented as quickly as possible by Revenue. For employees who were ceased from payroll and in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), no retrospection will apply as the individual was already in receipt of income support payments. However, employers may rehire these employees and the TWSS will be applied for these cases once their PUP claim has been ceased with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

Further guidance and information for employers on today’s announcement and how the changes will operate will be available next week.

Also, yesterday Revenue published updated statistics based on the operation of the TWSS to 28 May 2020. These statistics are published weekly on Revenue’s website. Key information reflected in yesterday’s statistics include:

  • Over 50,500 employers have already been reimbursed for subsidy payments made under TWSS.
  • Over 495,100 employees have received at least one subsidy payment since the start of the scheme.
  • Over 250,600 employees received a subsidy in the last week.
  • Around 410,000[1] employees are currently being supported by the scheme having received a subsidy in their most recent pay period.
  • Over 40,000 people have moved from the COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment into the TWSS since these Government support measures were implemented at the end of March.
  • The value of payments made under the scheme is almost €1,244 million.
  • This includes €112 million in tax and/or USC refunds made by employers to their employees through the payroll.

This number will increase as end of month payslips are received for monthly-paid employees.
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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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