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New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019

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  • Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children
  • Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid- October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019.
The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland. Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations.

“I have been steadfast in my commitment to deliver the crucial change that families need, and so I am delighted to be able to announce the timeframe for the introduction of the new Affordable Childcare Scheme” commented Minister Zappone.

“We are building the radical new childcare infrastructure needed to transform childcare in Ireland from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the very best. This involves putting in place a legislative framework, through the Childcare Support Act 2018, and building a world class IT system to allow parents to access tailored childcare supports that will meet the needs of each family. By lowering childcare costs, the Affordable Childcare Scheme aims to support parents to return to work and training, to reduce child poverty and to improve child outcomes.”

From October 2019 everyone will be able to apply for the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. To ensure a smooth transition for both parents and providers, the current childcare subsidy schemes will remain in place for the 2019/20 programme year. People will be able to register for the current schemes as normal, from August 2019 up until the new Affordable Childcare Scheme launches. After the launch date, people can choose to move over to the new Scheme or to remain on their old scheme for the remainder of the programme year. This will provide certainty for current scheme beneficiaries, offer ample time to apply for the new scheme and ensure that no family is worse off during the transition period. Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.

Comprehensive information, training and supports will be available to parents, childcare providers and other stakeholders from early next year in readiness for the launch of the scheme.

Enhancements to the Affordable Childcare Scheme announced as part of Budget 2019 will mean that an even greater number of families will now benefit from the scheme. The significant increase in the maximum net income threshold to €60,000 per annum means that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the scheme relative to the original proposals, including some families with gross income of up to €100,000 per annum. Over 40,000 other children, already eligible, will see increases to their subsidies.

Childcare providers, who play an integral role in the delivery of all of the DCYA childcare schemes, will continue to receive a Programme Support Payment (PSP) in 2019. Budget 2019 provided funding of €19.4m for PSP, an increase of nearly 8%, which will bring the total amount of PSP paid to childcare providers since 2017 to over €55m in recognition of the administrative support they offer in delivering the schemes’ benefits to parents.

Further information relating to the launch of the scheme will be made available at over the coming months. Families can also find information on the website in relation to existing supports to make childcare more affordable in Ireland.

CCS Bands 2018 Approval

The CCS bands have now been awarded to CCS 2018 registrations and the registrations have been approved.PobalLogo

Please review the bands awarded. Your CCS 2018 contract value will now match the total of your approved registrations and your payment schedule will adjust accordingly.

The band appeals window is now open until 31/12/2018

Where the parent and child eligibility is based on medical card, GP visit card or DEASP allowance, the band currently awarded is based on our checks on the HSE & DEASP databases.
Where eligibility is based on PHN referral, Tusla referral, employment programme or CCS verification form, the band currently awarded is based on the eligibility documents submitted with the registration.

What happens where the approved band is lower than the requested band?

Pobal will now review the registrations where the band awarded is lower than the band requested by you. If any documents are attached to such registrations, we will review these documents to determine if they provide further evidence of eligibility during the eligibility window (10/09/2018 – 12/10/2018). Where a document provides this evidence, we will amend the band.

Where a document does not provide this evidence or where no document is attached, we will provide information to you in the registration’s status comment. In the status comment we will inform you of what the band approved is based on and what document should be submitted to be awarded the higher band requested. Before submitting any documents, please ensure they meet the criteria outlined in the CCS Supporting Documentation Guidelines 2018-2019 on the PIP Portal. The appeal documents can be attached as an “Appeal” registration request.
Please be aware, that it will take us several days to review all of these registrations.

Please note that band A was requested on many registrations, but band AJ was awarded. A medical card combined with either Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or Supplementary Welfare Allowance will give band AJ and not band A. Before appealing please confirm with the parent, the allowance they are in receipt of.

Why is a registration still provisional?

If a CCS 2018 registration still has a provisional status, then one of the following is likely:
· The child or parent PPSN has not been validated. You should attach documents to allow the PPSN to be validated i.e. evidence of the name, PPSN and date of birth.
· The registration has overlapping dates with another registration. This “already registered” issue must be resolved before the registration can be approved.
· Our eligibility checks cannot confirm CCS eligibility and we are unable to award a band. We will now review any documents that are attached to these registrations and provide a response in the status comment or in the registration request. If you have not attached any documents, please do so now.
Again, Pobal will enter information into the registration’s status comment, to explain why the registration is provisional.

Pobal Compliance Workshop

Offaly County Childcare will host a Pobal Compliance Workshop on Thursday 22nd November in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore at 7.30pm.  This workshop will support services to ensure their compliance folders are in order for each of the DCYA funding programmes.  Cost is €5 per person.

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Pobal compliance workshop

Early Years Inspectorate Quality and Regulatory Framework Briefings 2018

Throughout November and December, the Early Years Inspectorate will deliver a limited series of briefing sessions on the recently published Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), as well as providing an update on the process for the re-registration of Early Years Services in 2019, and a summary of the Inspectorate’s annual report, which will be published shortly.

These briefings will begin at 6.30pm and end at 9.00pm in the following venues on the following dates:

· 15th November 2018 - The Ardilaun Hotel, Tailors Hill, Galway
· 19th November 2018 - The Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Stockhole Lane, Swords Co. Dublin
· 26th November 2018 - The Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon Road, Athlone
· 29th November 2018 - The Newgrange Hotel, Bridge Street, Navan, Co. Meath
· 4th December 2018 - The South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick
· 4th December 2018 - The Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork
· 6th December 2018 - The Clayton Hotel Sligo, Clarion Road, Ballinode, Sligo
· 10th December 2018 - The Citywest Hotel, Naas Road, Saggart, Co. Dublin

Places can be reserved via the Eventbrite Booking page at:

Spaces at the various venues are limited, and it is anticipated there will be a high demand. Therefore it is advised to book early, as tickets will be allocated on a first come/first serve basis. The Inspectorate will not be in a position, at this time, to accommodate those who have not reserved a place in advance.

Online ‘GDPR for Management’ training

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As you are all aware, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 and all organisations are responsible for ensuring that they are meeting their obligations under the GDPR. Of course, Data Protection legislation has been in force for quite some time and there is an obligation on all of us to ensure that we are compliant with all relevant legislation.

However, in response to concerns within the Early Years sector relating to GDPR readiness, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) is offering complimentary online General Data Protection Regulation Training to all childcare services to support you in meeting your Data Protection obligations. This training is designed and delivered by iHasco.

Course content:
This training will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and consists of tutorial videos and a separate test at the end. Slides may be viewed as often as you wish. Each service has only one credit for the course (i.e. the test may only be completed once) so only one email address may be used to access the course. Each service should consider who is the most appropriate person to complete the test at the end of the training. Each service can come in and out of the training as required until you have passed the test at the end. The default pass mark for the test is 60%. Once that mark is achieved you cannot retake the test. Each service will get a certificate on successful completion of the test.

Accessing the training:

The training is available on the following link until 23 October 2019: Only an email address is required to log in. Each service should ensure they read iHasco’s Privacy Notice and Terms and Conditions.


DCYA hold no responsibility for the content of the course. It is at the discretion of each service whether they choose to complete the training. DCYA is not in a position to provide individual GDPR advice. Further details on GDPR and Data Protection can be found on the website of the Data Protection Commission:
This online training is offered as a support for services in relation to GDPR obligations, and provides a high level overview of the principles of GDPR. Services will need to assess what further actions they may need to take to ensure they are fully informed of their responsibilities in relation to GDPR in an early years context.

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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