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The Early Years’ Service Profile 2018/2019 is now LIVE on the PIP portal

What is the Early Years Service Profile?PobalLogo

The Early Years Service Profile is an annual survey completed by Early Learning and Care providers. The survey is developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal in consultation with key stakeholders and it is the primary source of data on the Irish early years sector.

The data provided by all respondents is critical to understanding and mapping trends in the sector and is used by Government to inform future policy and planning at both local and national levels.

Services are asked to complete the service profile for each facility (i.e. one for each DCYA Reference).

What data is collected through the Early Years Service Profile?

A wide range of data is collected in the service profile. This data is categorised under four main headings
· Service Details and Provision
· Capacity and Attendance
· Child Protection
· Staffing (numbers, qualification, level of turnover, etc.)

Who will have access to this data?

Data will be made available to:
Government Departments (e.g. Department of Education and Skills Early Years Inspectorate)
Organisations conducting research and analysis on behalf of Government Departments
Statutory agencies (e.g. Tusla Early Years Inspectorate)
Better Start Early Years Specialist Service
City/County Childcare Committees

Data on capacity and attendance may also be shared with Local Authorities to inform local planning and development priorities.

Data may also be combined with findings from other surveys of the early years sector conducted on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Summary data will also be shared with a range of organisations for research and statistical purposes. For more information about sharing of summary data, please read Section 0. Intro in your service profile.

Where can I access the survey?
When you login to the PIP portal, you will land on the ‘Service’ page which contains a link to the ‘Early Years Service Profile 2018/2019.’

What is the deadline for completing this survey?

The deadline for completing your survey is 5pm on Friday 24th May.

How long will it take to complete the Service Profile?

The length of time it takes to complete the survey depends on the size of your service, the number of staff and number of children enrolled.

Based on feedback from previous years, it should take approximately one hour to complete a survey. The service profile contains a ‘Save as Draft’ function so that it can be completed in more than one sitting.

Are guidelines available for filling out the form?

The Early Years Service Profile Guidelines 2018/2019 provides helpful tips for completing your survey.

You can also find these guidelines and survey screengrabs in the How to Guides section in PIP Resources.

Who do we contact for help?

If your service has any questions about the Early Years Service Profile, please contact the Pobal Helpdesk at:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 01 511 7222

We thank you for your co-operation in completing your service profile and we appreciate your contribution to improving our knowledge of the early years sector.

€19m Childcare Programme Support Payments open for applications

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Funding will assist services ahead of National Childcare Scheme
Payments to issue end June

Friday 10th May 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced the opening of applications for a €19m fund to support early learning and care and school age childcare providers this summer.

The funding will be made available to services offering state supported childcare from June 2019.

The Programme Support Payment recognises the additional time required of providers of Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes, to complete the administrative work associated with the scheme.

The payment also recognises the time required to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various schemes supported by the State.

Announcing the opening of applications Minister Zappone said:

“By working together parents, providers and the Government are transforming Irish childcare forever. These payments represent a significant investment and recognition of the work carried out by services, often behind the scenes. Work which must not be taken for granted.

More than 175,000 children and their families benefit from our Government-supported childcare through more than 4,200 local services. I am encouraging every provider delivering our childcare schemes to make their applications so that payments can be made as soon as possible. The payments will give services extra support as we also continue preparations for the roll out of the new National Childcare Scheme later this year.”

The payment will be calculated as equal to 7 days’ (1.4 weeks’) registrations for ECCE at Standard Capitation, and 14 days’ (2.8 weeks’) registrations for CCS(P) and TEC.

The application window for PSP will open for six weeks from Monday 13 May to Friday 21 June 2019 and the application form can be accessed through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).

Payments will begin to issue after the application window closes.

The Programme Support Payment recognises the additional time required of providers of DCYA-funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes, to complete the administrative work associated with the scheme. The payment also recognises the time required to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various childcare schemes supported by the State.

Early Years Service Profile 2018/2019

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​The 2018/2019 Early Years Service Profile launches on Monday 13th May.
 
The annual survey is developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal in consultation with key stakeholders in the early years sector.
The deadline for completing the survey is 5pm, Friday 24th May.
 
We are asking all services to make the time over this period to complete the survey as the data collected will be used by the Government to inform policy, planning and investment in Early Learning and Care over the year ahead.
 
If you have any queries about completing your service profile, please contact the Pobal Helpdesk at:
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel:      (01) 511 7222

Over 800,000 children avail of first decade of free pre-school.

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Annual budget jumps 172% since first roll out
Steep rise in the school-starting age
Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

Tuesday 7 May 2019

New figures show how the Government’s free pre-school programme has transformed early learning for children over the past decade, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

The Minister says the programme is providing important development opportunities to all young children, in particular children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and raising the school-starting age.

The National Childcare Scheme, which will open later this year, will build on this strong foundation, according to Minister Zappone.

The free pre-school programme was officially launched a decade ago offering 38 weeks of pre-school education. Minister Zappone doubled this entitlement in 2018.

The figures show that since the pre-school programme started:

• 806,359 children have availed of the Programme
• Annual Government investment has soared from €104.9m a year to €285.5m
• The number of 4-year olds in Primary School has fallen significantly.

In addition since 2016, more than 5,000 children with disabilities a year are being supported to participate in the Programme.

Welcoming the figures Minister Katherine Zappone added:
“It is clear that this Programme has provided children with important learning and development opportunities and has been embraced wholeheartedly by their families. Since its introduction, the Programme boasts a 95 percent uptake rate with almost 40 percent of low-income families have said they would not have been able to enrol their child in pre-school had it not been for this Programme. Increasing the average number of funded weeks from 38 to 61 three years ago was a very significant development – bringing the numbers of children enrolled in the Programme to over 100,000 a year for the first time and there has been further extensions to the number of funded weeks since – now 76 weeks. These data are so encouraging. We know from research that all children benefit from high-quality early learning experiences – with the greatest gains experienced by children from disadvantaged groups. The introduction of the Programme has also opened up education, training and work opportunities for parents and has reduced the cost of early learning and care to families – benefitting entire households.

We now have a strong foundation for the roll out of the new National Childcare Scheme later this year – with many children expected to benefit from wraparound supports under the Scheme along with thousands more children, including those not yet enrolled in the ECCE Programme and those of school-going age. I am conscious of the hugely important role of pre-school education and the need for its continued development and look forward to outlining further steps next month when the initial implementation plan for First 5 – the whole of Government strategy for babies, young children and their families is published.”

AIM application now open- Announcements

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New Applications

Children eligible for the 2019/2020 ECCE programme
Where AIM Level 5 equipment and/or alterations are required, the preschool provider, in conjunction with the parent(s) can make an application for AIM Level 5 support via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal.
Once a child is eligible for ECCE an AIM Level 5 application can be made at any time throughout the pre-school year. However we encourage applications to be submitted early to ensure support is in place as soon as possible.

Existing Applications

If a child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is moving to another pre-school in September 2019, a new AIM application must be submitted by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).

If a child child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is transitioning to school in September 2019, transfer of ownership documents will be issued in due course.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any support in the submission of your application.

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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