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

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DCEDIY notice on Parental Declarations

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) wish to advise that Service Providers can again accept confirmation of the acceptance DCEDIY logo of the ECCE, NCS and CCSP Savers ‘Parental Declarations’ by the relevant parent either by email or by hard copy. This is the written agreement between the parent and the Service Provider.

Parents should be given the option of physically signing the agreement or agreeing to it by email. Parents who wish to avail of the email option should:

• be advised that in regard to data protection, the use of email is a less secure option as this will involve the sharing of personal data over the internet via emails,
• be asked to reconfirm the appropriate email address to use.

The Service Provider should ensure that the correct Parental Declaration issues via the reconfirmed email address to the appropriate family. Providers are reminded that they agree to only process shared personal data for the implementation of the relevant DCEDIY childcare programme.

Parents opting for the email option should be asked to respond to your Parental Declaration email and it should be clear from the email chain that the parents agree to what is set out in their Parental Declaration document. Please see below for instruction on how to email the Parental Declaration.

ECCE – You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each ECCE registration on the Early Years Hive. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.

NCS – there is no automated parental agreement available for NCS. Please see this guide on how to create such an agreement. Once you have your template, you can email it to the parent. Please note that a signed copy of the Parental Agreement is required by legislation for NCS.

CCSP Saver - You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each CCSP Saver registration on the PIP Portal. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

NCS, ECCE and CCSP Saver Programme 2021/22 Programme Readiness Registrations and Payments Webinar​

Dear Service Provider, Early Years Hive

Thank you for joining our webinars last week on NCS, ECCE and CCSP Saver Programme 2021/22 Programme Readiness registrations and payments.

You can find the link for a recording of one of the webinars under the ‘Recorded Webinars’ heading on the Training Videos page of the Earlypobal logo Years Hive. Please note that recorded webinars will be added to this page of the Early Years Hive for your benefit going forward.

You can also find the PowerPoint presented in this webinar here.

The questions from the webinars are currently being reviewed and, on completion, an FAQ document will be added to the Early Years Hive.

Kind Regards,
Early Years Training Team

NCS, ECCE and CCSP Saver Programme Registrations and Programme Call 2021/22

Dear Service Provider, DCEDIY Pobal

Following on from the first stage of Programme Readiness (opened on 28th May 2021), The Department of Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Pobal are happy to announce the date child registration will open, as well as the 2021 Programme Call dates, for ECCE and CCSP Saver Programme.

Programme
Registrations open
Programme Call
CCSP
9th August
16th August
ECCE
9th August
23rd August

 

Below is the key information and guidance regarding ECCE and CCSP Saver Programme, as well as a reminder on the registrations process for NCS.
Please note that before registrations can commence, services must have activated the relevant Funding Agreement for that programme.

ECCE

Child registration will open for ECCE for 2021/22 on Monday, 9th August 2021.

You can find guidance on how to register a child on ECCE, including a training video, on the ECCE Child Registration page under Resources on the Early Years Hive.

The 2021 Programme Call will commence on Monday, 16th August 2021.

CCSP Saver Programme

Child registration will open for CCSP for 2021/22 on Monday, 9th August 2021.

You can find guidance documents on PIP Resources at the following links:

CCSP Registrations How to Guide 2021-22
CCSP Final Year How to Guide 2021-22
CCS Universal Registrations How to Guide 2021-22
CCSP Appeals How to Guide 2021-2021
CCSP Supporting Documentation Guidelines 2021-22

You will also find a number of documents to support you with CCSP 2021/22 in the CCSP Saver Programme section of PIP.

The 2021 Programme Call will commence on Monday, 23rd August 2021.

NCS

This is a reminder that registrations can be made for NCS at any time.

You can find guidance on how to register a child on NCS on the NCS Child Registration page under Resources on the Early Years Hive.

Support

Should you have any queries in relation to registrations, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the following categories:

Request Type: Registrations
Request Type Detail: * Select the relevant category*

Thank you,
Early Years Team

ECCE Programme Readiness Reminder

We wish to remind services that the deadline for submission of ECCE fees lists, calendars and funding agreements on the Hive is Friday August 13 in order to receive the ECCE preliminary payment on Friday August 20. Early Years Hive

In relation to ECCE Non Payable/Payable weeks please note as per section 3.2 of the ECCE rules, where a service is closed for 3 days or more in a single week this is regarded as a non-payment week. This excludes closures due to bank holidays. E.g. In a week where a bank holiday falls and the service close for an additional 2 days this will still be regarded as a payable week.

Please see the full ECCE payable/non-payable week information below:

· 3 open days = Payable Week 

· Less than 3 open days = Non payable week

· Bank holiday and two open days = Payable week

Bank holiday and only 1 open day = Non payable week

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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