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CCS April 2019 returns:PobalLogo

The CCS April 2019 returns are now available for completion on Pobal Online. The deadline for submitting the completed return is Friday 21st June 2019.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the return, please contact your Support Officer.

If you do not submit the return by the deadline, your future CCS payments may be affected.

Programme Support Payments (PSP):

Reminder to all providers that the window for applying for Programme Support Payments closes on Friday 21st June 2019 at 3pm.

Providers are reminded that no late applications for PSP will be admitted past this date, under any circumstances.

Hanen Teacher Talk training:

We will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training over the summer months 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 Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Mayo 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 June and July in Cork City, Waterford, Kildare, Blackrock, Mayo, Wexford, Galway and Monaghan.

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. Further info if required from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEWS: LINC Programme 2019/20 has a limited number of available places

In order to fill a limited number of places, LINC will re-open on Thursday (30 May) at 10am for one week in order to accept applications from eligible settings. If a setting currently employs a LINC student/graduate (or applicant for 2019/20) then they can now apply for a second person to complete the programme. LINC Logo

LINC is delighted to announce that a limited number of places have become available for the final year of the programme starting in September 2019. Applications will be accepted from this Thursday, May 30, for one week until Thursday June 6 at 4pm. Applications received after this time will not be considered and this date will not be extended further. Places on the course for this round of applications will be allocated using a random selection.

Random selection of eligible applicants will apply for this round of applications. Priority will be given to eligible applications according to the following criteria:

  • Settings that do not currently employ a LINC student/graduate.
  • Settings that already employ a LINC student/graduate and have over 22 ECCE age children attending.
  • All other settings.

The setting manager can either nominate themselves or another member of staff to participate. They will require the following information:

  • Setting details (Pobal reference number and contact information)
  • Candidate details (name; contact details, including personal email address and postal address; PPS number; date of birth, UL/Mary Immaculate College ID number if they attended either UL or MIC previously; highest qualification; and the last educational institute attended).
  • Full details of your candidate’s relevant qualification at Level 5 or above (name of educational institute; year started and completed; qualification level; award title).A copy (scan/photo) of your candidate’s certificate.

In order of preference, you must choose up to three locations where your candidate could attend classroom sessions.

Please note:

Some locations are already full and therefore no longer available for selection.  Applications cannot be made on a mobile phone or tablet.  Offers will be made to successful candidates in late June 2019.

Click on the link to apply:  limited-number-of-places-will-become-available-on-the-2019-2020-linc-programme

DCYA Early Years Division - Monthly Electronic Bulletin

DCYA have published their May edition of their e-bulletin E bulletin

Topics such as the following are featured in this months edition

• First 5 Implementation Plan
• Public Consultation on School Age Childcare
• School Age Childcare Service Registration
• National Childcare Scheme Capital Grants

Click on the link to read the bulletin:  DCYA E-Bulletin (May 2019)

Minister publishes detailed implementation plan for First 5, the whole-of-Government strategy for babies, young children and their families

First 5 logoThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has today (22nd May) unveiled the Government’s initial Implementation Plan for ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever strategy for early childhood.

First 5 is a radical ten-year strategy that will deliver:

  1. A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring
  2. A new model of parenting support
  3. New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce
  4. Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model
  5. A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty

The Implementation Plan describes the ambitious steps that will be taken in the initial implementation phase – from 2019 to 2021. Its development was led by an Inter-Departmental Group chaired by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Speaking about today’s publication, Minister Zappone said:

“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am delighted to publish the First 5 Implementation Plan

This three-year plan describes the steps we will take in the short term to reform the architecture of early childhood services over the next decade, ensuring that children have the necessary supports in life to develop to their full potential.

This Plan sets us well on course towards fully realising the vision of First 5”.

First 5 includes more than 150 actions that will be progressed in the initial implementation phase. A summary of key actions and milestones includes:

i. Access to a broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring

The schedule of milestones to be achieved will ensure that by 2021, parents will have an individual entitlement to seven weeks of paid parental leave, to potentially allow children to benefit from an additional 14 weeks of parental care in their first year. There are also a range of milestones identified so that by 2021:

breastfeeding mothers in the workforce will be entitled to breastfeeding/lactation breaks for up to 104 weeks following the birth of their child.
parents of all children up to the age of 12 will be entitled to 26 weeks of unpaid parental leave.
employment legislation, culture and practice will better enable parents of young children to balance working and caring roles.
This work will be led by the Departments of Justice and Equality, and Employment Affairs and Social Protection and will be supported by the Departments of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and Children and Youth Affairs.

ii. A new model of parenting support

The First 5 Implementation Plan sets out a programme of work so that by 2021, there will be:

high-quality, consistent parenting information resources available to meet parents’ requirements,
a public information campaign on positive parenting; and
a national model of parenting services - ranging from universal to targeted - including high-quality parenting programmes.
This work will be led by the new Parenting Unit, recently established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and will be supported by a number of other Government Departments.

iii. New developments in child health

Arising from milestones identified in the First 5 Implementation Plan, there will be considerable enhancements to child health supports over the next three years. These will build on and align with existing health policies, including the Healthy Ireland Policy Framework and the new National Oral Health Policy, Smile agus Sláinte.

In the initial implementation phase, under the leadership of the Department of Health, there will be:

new Healthy Eating Guidelines for 1–5 Year Olds,
new Nutrition Standards for Early Learning and Care settings for 1–5 Year Olds, including a toolkit for implementation,
a review of the content and scope of the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme,
new preventive oral healthcare packages introduced for children under 6 and,
enhancements to the National Healthy Childhood Programme, which covers child health reviews screening and vaccinations among others.
There will also be significant progress made in the development of a dedicated child health workforce, focussed initially in areas of high population density and disadvantage, with the foundational work needed for this transformative action completed in the initial implementation phase.

iv. Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) System

A clear pathway to improve affordability, accessibility and quality of Early Learning and Care and School-Age Care is set out with a schedule of milestones to:

introduce the National Childcare Scheme,
move progressively towards a graduate-led professional Early Learning and Care workforce,
introduce regulations for paid childminders and school-age childcare, and
build on the National Childcare Scheme, undertake foundational work required to develop a new funding model for Early Learning and Care that will support improved quality without compromising affordability for parents or sustainability for providers.
This work will be led by the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs, and Education and Skills.

v. A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty, including income, energy and food poverty

The First 5 Implementation Plan describes steps that will be taken to alleviate poverty in early childhood. This will include income poverty, energy poverty and food poverty measures. It will ensure that by 2021, there will be:

expanded access to free and subsidised Early Learning and Care allowing families to take up employment.
extensions to Warmth and Well-Being and Warmer Home Schemes.
piloting of the meals and milk programmes with early learning and care settings.
greater access to Community Cooking Programmes.
Preliminary work to develop and pilot a DEIS-type model for Early Learning and Care settings will be progressed.

This work will be led by a number of Government Departments, including Children and Youth Affairs, Health, Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Commenting on the Implementation Plan, Minister Zappone reflected on the progress that has already made – with implementation of many actions already well underway.

“Considerable progress has already been made to deliver on the commitments in First 5 since it was published in November 2018.

Within my own Department, I have started to put in place some of the essential building blocks for successful implementation, including a Parenting Support Policy Unit, a First 5 Implementation Office and a First 5 Research and Evaluation Plan.

I recently published the membership and terms of reference for the Steering Group on the Workforce Development Plan for the Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Sector and, in the next month, the membership and terms of reference for the Expert Group to reform the funding model will be announced.

Adding to this, intensive preparations for the launch of the landmark National Childcare Scheme later this year continue”.

The Minister welcomed the collaborative efforts and shared ambition to deliver on the vision of First 5 across Government Departments, State Agencies and the Community and Voluntary Sector.

“First 5 is a whole-of-Government, whole of-society strategy – everyone will play a part.

As we move to deliver this Implementation Plan, my Department will continue to provide leadership of this collective effort.

I look forward to continued collaboration with colleagues across Government Departments, State Agencies, Community and Voluntary Sector and wider partners in the pursuit of better outcomes for babies, young children and their families."

The Implementation Plan will form the basis of an annual report, which will be developed by the First 5 Implementation Office, recently established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to oversee monitoring and reporting of First 5 implementation.

PIP Announcement: Closure due to the Referendum

Closure due to the ReferendumPobalLogo

*Attention Services located on school premises being used as a polling station on Friday, May 24th and closing on that day*

The DCYA has confirmed that the closure of a Service due to the referendum cannot be regarded as a force majeure closure. Force Majeure, covered under Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes pertains to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, flood, lightning, fire, power and water supplies etc. Referendum/national elections dates are announced in advance and therefore closures due to such events cannot be considered unforeseen.

However, while the closure of a Service due to the referendum cannot be regarded as a force majeure closure, Service Providers are not required to amend their calendars or make up the day. This will not affect your payments.

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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