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Important Change in NCS Hours Available to Parents from 7 September 2020

Important Change in NCS Hours Available to Parents from 7 September 2020Early Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Additional funding was secured last year under Budget 2020 for enhancements to be made to the National Childcare Scheme. From September 2020, the maximum number of subsidised hours available to families will increase from 40 to 45 hours per week.

In addition to these 5 hours, the maximum “wraparound” hours for primary school children will also increase by one additional hour. From September 2020, children in Junior and Senior Infants can avail of up to 23 wraparound hours per week in term time (previously 17), and children in 1st to 6th class can avail of up to 18 wraparound hours per week in term time (previously 12).

Child’s Educational Stage
Term Time Hours
Non-Term Time Hours
Post 7th September 2020 Term Time Hours
Post 7th September 2020 Non-Term Time Hours
Preschool
25
40
30
45
Junior to Senior Infants
17
40
23
45
1st to 6th Class
12
40
18
45
Post Primary School up to 15 years old
10
40
15
45

For new awards, these hours will already be reflected in the award.

For existing awards, the hours will be added onto the award during August, which will create a new segment from 7th September 2020 with the new hours. Applicants will receive a notification when this has been applied.
For applicants who wish to use the additional hours, and where the additional hours are agreed between the provider and the applicant, the Service Providers will need to update.

Early Years Team

​Email to Providers re. COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding 14 August

​Email to Providers re. COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding 14 AugustDCYA new logo

Dear provider,

As promised on Tuesday, we can now share some more detail on the COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding to be made available as part of the Department’s July Jobs Stimulus Funding Package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector. We will continue to release further information as soon as we can.

The following information about the eligibility criteria for accessing the COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding is now available.

Who is eligible to apply?
Community and Private ELC and SAC Services are eligible to apply i.e. for-profit and not-for profit services of all kinds (ELC, SAC, sole traders and companies, etc.). Owners of multiple services can submit one application per facility.

Note: Applications received from a multiple service provider will be considered collectively.

As part of your preparations please ensure that you complete the on-boarding of your service on the HIVE system.

Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must also fulfil the following eligibility criteria to be considered for this fund:

1. Have a DCYA reference number for the facility for which they are applying for.
2. Be registered with Tusla.
3. Must have been contracted with Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to provide Early Learning and Care and or School Age Childcare Programmes on 12 March 2020.
4. Must have an active contract with the DCYA for programme year 2020/21.
5. Have applied for the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) from Revenue.
Note: This criteria does not apply to sole traders with no employees.
6. Demonstrate a decrease in uptake of ELC and SAC places compared to February 2020 (i.e. occupancy of the service has decreased compared to pre-pandemic).
7. Demonstrate increased costs due to the impact of COVID-19.
8. Adhere to their Registered Fees List as it was on 12 March 2020.
9. Completed all their registrations on PIP or HIVE (Early Years Platform) for the new programme year 2020/2021 for September 2020.

Funding will not be available immediately on 24 August 2020; rather there will be a four-week period in which services can monitor their occupancy levels in the new programme year and determine if they are facing any challenges. For successful applicants, funding will be backdated to 24 August, 2020.

Any services which already have concerns about their sustainability should contact their local CCC in the first instance. Case Management assistance is currently available, and CCCs may also be able to help concerned services by providing information and signposting for other Government supports for which they might be eligible.

Regards,

Early Years Division.
DCYA.

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) Application Process Open for 20/21

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) Application Process Open for 20/21Early Years Hive

The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2020/2021 pre-school year is now open for existing graduates. New graduates i.e. graduating in October 2020 can apply when final exam results have been notified by Mary Immaculate College (expected late Sept).

To apply a service provider, must be or employ a graduate from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in Early Years Programme who has agreed to take on the role and responsibilities of an Inclusion Co-ordinator in their pre-school setting. Applicant guidelines can be found here.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years Hive system. Prior to applying for AIM Level 1, service providers must ensure that they have completed the ECCE programme readiness process.

Any application received by 31st October 2020 will be provided the additional capitation to the beginning of the programme year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

If you require any additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Schedule for Service Provider ECCE Training – ECCE Registrations, AIM Level 1 and Higher Cap

Schedule for Service Provider ECCE Training – ECCE Registrations, AIM Level 1 and Higher Cap

Early Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,
 
Please see the schedule for Service Provider training on ECCE registrations, Aim Level 1 registration and Higher Capitation registration taking place next week.
 
A webinar link will be emailed to all Service Providers in that area the day before the webinar is scheduled. If you are unable to attend, a recorded version will be made available after the date.
 
Day/Date
County/Division
Time
Tues 18th August 2020
Dublin City
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Tues 18th August 2020
South Dublin
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Tues 18th August 2020
Fingal
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Wed 19th August 2020
Cork City and County
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Wed 19th August 2020
Limerick, Clare, Kerry
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Wed 19th August 2020
Tipp, Waterford, KK, Wexford
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Thurs 20th August 2020
Wicklow, Carlow, Laois, Kildare
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Thurs 20th August 2020
Offaly, WestMeath, Meath, Longford, Louth
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Thurs 20th August 2020
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Fri 21st August 2020
Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan, Donegal, Dun Laoighre and Rathdown
 
10:15am to 11:30am

ECCE September Readiness 2020/2021 on the Early Years Hive

ECCE September Readiness 2020/2021 on the Early Years HiveEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Please see the key information and dates for registrations and payments for ECCE on the Early Years Hive over the coming weeks.

Before registrations can commence:

  • Service calendars and fees lists must be submitted before registrations can be approved
  • Services must have signed the ECCE Funding Agreement 2020-2021

Quick guides are available on the ECCE Resources section of the Useful Links page on the Early Years Hive on creating a service calendar and fees list for ECCE.

Registrations open - 17th August 2020

Payments – 21st August 2020

Important: If services wish to be included in the first batch of preliminary payments, services must come into contract prior to COB 17th August 2020. Preliminary payment for ECCE will be made to the bank account associated with ECCE on the Early Years Hive.

The full ECCE 2020/2021 payment schedule can be found here.

ECCE programme year 2020/2021

What’s new?

  • ECCE is now administered on the Early Years Hive.
  • PIP will no longer be used to administer ECCE.
  • All programme readiness tasks; on-boarding, contracting, fees list and calendars to be done by service providers on the Hive.
  • Qualification tasks to be done on the Hive.
  • All childcare registrations to be done on the Hive.
  • Application for Higher Capitation and Aim Level 1 done on the Hive.
  • All service providers’ queries to be issued through the Requests function on Hive.

What is not changing?

  • The ECCE programme has not changed and the rules of the programme remain the same.
  • Registrations will continue to be done by service providers.
  • No CHICK is required for ECCE registrations.
  • A CHICK is used only for NCS.
  • No PSC card is required for ECCE registrations.

If you have any queries, please contact Pobal’s Early Years Provider Centre by logging a Service Request on the Early Years Hive, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01-5117222, you can also contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.

Early Years Team

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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