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

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UPDATE: Information for schools and pre-school settings and parents of students/children on novel coronavirus nCoV-2019

 There is an ongoing outbreak of a novel Coronavirus in China. Infections have been reported in other countries.PobalLogo

The HSE HPSC is monitoring the situation and updating its website www.hpsc.ie daily.
Coronaviruses
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses. Some of these illnesses are very mild, like the common cold, while others are more severe, like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV
A “novel coronavirus” means a new type of coronavirus that has never been seen in humans before. The coronavirus recently identified in China is one of these. This new coronavirus is being named “2019–nCoV”.
Symptoms of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV
It can take up to 14 days from exposure to the virus for the symptoms of this 2019-nCoV to appear. These symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Treatment of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV
There is no specific treatment for 2019-nCoV at present. But the symptoms of the virus can be treated. 
How to protect individuals from novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV
  1. Wash hands often with soap and water. Or use an alcohol based hand rub. Teach children how to wash their hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub. 
  2. If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow. Have tissues available. Teach your children to do the same. 
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
  4. Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.
Advice for students/childcare

If the student/child;

  • has not been in mainland China* in the last 14 days 

AND

  • has not been in contact with a person with novel coronavirus 

AND

  • has not attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated in another country
Then no specific measures are needed.

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;

  • the student/child has been in mainland China*

OR

  • has been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus

OR 

  • has attended a healthcare facility in another country where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated 
If CHILD OR STUDENT IS UNWELL (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
 
If your child/student develops symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness your student/child should:
  • Stay at home 
  • Not go out to public places 
  • Not go to crèche or school
  • Please phone the child’s GP or emergency department for medical advice, rather than turning up in person
  • Make sure that, when you phone, you mention your student’s/child’s recent travel or exposure. These health services will arrange for them to get medical help
 *excluding Hong Kong and Macau

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;
  • the student/child has been in mainland China*
OR
  • has been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus
OR 
  • has attended a healthcare facility in another country where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated
If CHILD OR STUDENT IS WELL (no acute respiratory symptoms)
 
You (parent or guardian) are asked to phone your local Department of Public Health by phone for further advice.
 
For children or students who have been in mainland China* in the last 14 days and are well:
  • there is no need for quarantine (the child or student does not need to be kept separate from others)
  • The child or student can attend crèche or school as normal
  • Watch out for symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If your child or student develops any respiratory symptoms you should phone their GP or Emergency Department for advice. Tell the healthcare provider what symptoms your child or student has and that they have recently been in mainland China*.
 
For children or students who have been in contact with a person diagnosed with coronavirus in China or elsewhere, or attended a health care facility in another country where cases were treated 
  • Stay at home until parent/guardian has contacted public health and received advice.
 
*excluding Hong Kong and Macau
Advice for staff, volunteers and workers in pre-schools and schools
If staff, volunteers or workers have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) in the last 14 days, they should make contact with their local Department of Public Health by phone for further advice.
If they remain well, no specific measures are needed in the workplace. 
They will be advised by Public Health to watch out for any symptoms of novel coronavirus for 14 days from their return. The symptoms include cough, temperature and breathing difficulties.
For people with no symptoms, there is no need for them to stay off work or isolate themselves. There are no restrictions regarding work or other social activities. 
If they develop symptoms within 14 days of return (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), then they should isolate themselves (stay away from other people) and contact their GP/Doctor straight away by phone for advice. They should inform their GP/Doctor of their recent travel history and of their symptoms.
Guidance for Ireland is based on guidance from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization, and has been developed by the National Public Health Outbreak Response Team.
 
An Expert Advisory Group, which includes experts in Public Health Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention and Control and Virology has been established which provides expert scientific advice relating to novel coronavirus, including the review of current guidance.

PPSN Checker - Intermittent Issues

PPSN Checker - Intermittent IssuesPobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

We have been notified that the DEPR PPSN Checker is currently experiencing intermittent issues on the PIP Portal for legacy programmes (ECCE, TEC and CCSP). This may impact service providers attempting to validate PPSNs while creating registrations on the affected programmes.

Our ICT team are currently working on this issue, and we are hoping to resume normal functionality as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Early Years Team

TEC Closing Dates & Savers

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The TEC programmes will permanently close for new registrations at midnight on Friday, 14th February 2020, following the recent commencement of the National Childcare Scheme.
After this date, only TEC registrations with a status of 'Submitted', 'Provisional' or 'Approved' will be eligible to remain on the programme and will be referred to as 'Savers'. These Saver Registrations will continue to receive relevant funding for the remainder of the Programme Call.

No new entrants will be permitted to the scheme after 14th February, although providers will be required to adjust their days and/or session types for existing registrations to ensure compliance with scheme rules. These changes can only be made during 'Saver Management Windows'. Please refer to Transitional Rules for the DCYA Targeted Childcare Funding Programmes for more information.

In order to amend registrations during the Saver Management Window, registrations must have a status of 'Approved'.

The proposed dates for the Saver Management Windows are as follows, and are subject to change:

​From ​To
14th February, 2020 ​9th March, 2020
​3rd April, 2020 ​27th April, 2020
26th June, 2020 ​20th July, 2020

Any service undergoing a Change in Circumstances, or required to complete Compliance Amendments will be able to do so during the Saver Management Windows stated above.
Early Years Team

Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes

Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes PobalLogo

Pobal would like to remind services that:

(a) The PIP Portal provides a detailed view of contract values and detailed information on payments processed under the current DCYA Funded Programmes.
(b) The Remittance Advice emailed for each payment gives details of the payment.

(a) PIP Portal

Financial information such as budgets and payments related to active programmes can be found under the ‘Funding’ section of your PIP portal. This financial information can be exported to excel to review. Payments can also be seen under relevant contracts in the ‘All Payments’ and a new ‘Contract and Payment Statement’ section.

(b) Remittance Advice

In addition, the Remittance Advice emailed to service providers for each payment includes the amount remitted, the date, and the programme reference which indicates the programme to which the payment relates.

Service Providers should view the ‘Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes’ infographic and the additional online supports available (links below).

Useful links:
How to video – Enhanced Payment Reporting
PIP Payments infographic
PIP User Guide

Upcoming Triple P workshops

Upcoming Triple P workshops for parents of children aged 2-10 years and 11-15 years, contact Helen on 090 6447111

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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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