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NCS Capital Grant Announcement

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The application window for NCS Capital 2019 will close on the 1st of November 2019.

There is now only one full day remaining to submit applications.

For any services who wish to apply at this stage, please check your grant allocation and make an application in advance of this closing date. Please note that new service allocations will not be processed after close of business on Thursday 31st October 2019.

As our lines are very busy approaching the deadline we cannot guarantee that all technical queries/ issues raised with our Online Support team will be resolved before the application deadline of Friday (1st November).

Minister Zappone addresses Funding Model Expert Group at Inaugural Meeting

Published: 29 October 201919875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare

Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children

Extensive programme of engagement and consultation with key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers to take place

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today (Tuesday) addressed the inaugural meeting of the Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare.

Delivering on a commitment in First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028,

the Expert Group has been convened to examine the current model of funding for early learning and care and school-age childcare and its effectiveness in delivering quality, affordable, sustainable and inclusive services. The Group will make recommendations on how additional funding for the sector can be structured to deliver on these objectives going forward.

The Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children, and includes national and international experts in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare systems; funding and quality; economics; and relevant policy experts from Government Departments as follows:

  • Professor Edward Melhuish, Professor of Human Development at Oxford University and a highly renowned international research expert on quality in Early Learning and Care
  • Professor Eva Lloyd, Director of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare and a Professor of Early Childhood at the University of East London, highly specialised in the niche field of funding of Early Learning and Care
  • Tove Mogstad Slinde, Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in the Department of Kindergartens and Schools and former Chair of the OECD Network on Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Dr Tim Callan, former Research Professor at the ESRI and with significant experience in tax and welfare policy, financial incentives to work, labour supply, and income distribution
  • Dr Rory O’Donnell, former Director of the National Economic and Social Council leading analysis on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues
  • Officials from the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs (Bernie McNally, Dr. Anne-Marie Brooks), Public Expenditure and Reform (Niamh Callaghan) and Education and Skills

Addressing the Group this morning the Minister reflected on the significant progress that has been made in recent years in transforming the system for early learning and care and school-age childcare. For example, the numbers of children benefitting from State supported early learning and childcare has more than doubled since 2015. Free-pre-school provided under the ECCE Programme has increased from one year to two years. Supports have been put in place for children with additional learning needs to access this Programme and there have been very significant increases in subsidies for families who need it most.

The Minister also noted the challenges that remain, including the cost of early learning and care and school-age childcare to families, which remains higher in Ireland than in other OECD countries and the quality of provision, which remains variable. The Minister also restated her support for better pay and conditions for staff in the sector given the critical role they play in supporting young children's early learning and development and providing a safe and caring environment.

The Minister said:

“In the First 5 Strategy we have pledged to double investment in early learning and care and school-age childcare over the next 10 years. But more funding, even if it reaches record levels, is only part of the answer. We now need to ensure that public funding is allocated efficiently, fairly and that it is targeted in the correct manner, not just to families most in need, but within settings, to where it can make the greatest difference from a quality perspective."
“Investment must continue to reduce the out of pocket cost to parents. It must compensate providers so that they can deliver early learning and care and school-age on a sustainable and high-quality basis. It must be used to attract and retain a well-qualified. It must be directed towards creating more supportive working conditions, where the workforce feel valued, where there is time for preparation, for reflection and for parental engagement, among other things."

The Minister described the funding model as the:  “crucial mechanism to address challenges in the sector and to channel additional State investment."

The Expert Group will meet 12 times in total over the next two years and their recommendations will submitted to Government for approval.

A research partner will also be contracted to deliver rigorous, evidence-based inputs that will support the work of the Group. They will, under the direction of the Group, lead an extensive programme of engagement and consultation with the key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers.

Higher Capitation Update

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The DCYA and Pobal have agreed the following measures to support providers whose applications for Higher Capitation in Programme Year 2019/2020 have not yet been approved:

Higher Capitation preliminary payments
Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019

A second preliminary payment will be made on 1st November to providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were in receipt of the first preliminary payment. The second preliminary payment will be for a four-week period that will take providers to 20/10/2019. The payment is based on child FTE (we 18/10/2019) using the Max FTE CAP for services who were approved for higher capitation last year.

A third preliminary payment will be made on 8th November for any service provider who has still not been approved. This payment will be for a four week period that will take providers to 22/11/2019.

Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers NOT IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019
A preliminary payment will also be made on 29th October to service providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were not in receipt of Higher Capitation for 2018/2019. This payment will be for an eight week period.

A second preliminary payment will be made to these services on 8th November and this payment will be for a four week period.
For any Higher Capitation application or payment queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Qualifications
Proof of qualification eligibility must be submitted for each relevant staff member present in a Higher Capitation session. Prior to submitting an application, a service provider should ensure that staff members’ qualifications are eligible, by verifying these on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications’ list.

If the qualification is not included on this list, the staff member should contact DCYA via email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply for qualification recognition.
Please see DCYA website https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/297c05-early-years-recognised-qualifications/?referrer=/cat/en/childcare/2210.htm/ for the application form and the documentation required by DCYA .

Please be advised that statements of results attached as qualification proof for staff members of Higher Capitation sessions, are only accepted when:
· QQI Level 5 and 6 qualifications are provided.

· The award is clearly confirmed

· Final results are confirmed (not provisional). If the statement of results is not clear on whether the award has been successfully completed, then further information should be requested to confirm (i.e. an official letter from the course provider). If an applicant is unable to confirm, they will have to apply for qualifications recognition.

NCS Capital Grant Closing date

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The application window for NCS Capital 2019 will close on the 1st of November 2019.

There is now only one week remaining to submit applications.

For any services who wish to apply at this stage, please check your grant allocation and make an application in advance of this closing date. Please note that new service allocations will not be processed after close of business on Thursday 31st October 2019.

We strongly advise the submission of NCS Capital applications before midday Thursday 31st October to ensure that any technical issues raised can be resolved before the deadline of Friday 1st November.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222

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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