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Learner Fund Bursary 2020 for Childminders

Learner Fund Bursary 2020 for Childminders

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6Poster Learner Fund Childminder Bursary 2020
award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) will process and appraise the Learner Fund Childminder Bursary applications.

1. A DCYA reference number is required. If the applicant does not have a DCYA reference number, they will need to on-board through the Hive system (https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/). This process may take time so applicants are advised to complete as soon as possible.
2. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.
3. The award must be placed at level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 to 2020 inclusive.
4. The bursary amount will be €750.
5. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary will not be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the early learning and care sector.
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund for a second time if they have already received it before. This includes applicants that may have received a Learner Fund grant in another round of Learner Fund in previous years where the applicant may have previously worked in a centre-based setting.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. Applicants must be currently registered with Tusla.
10. Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.
11. Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.

Click on the link below to download the application form:

Application form for Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders

Learner Fund Bursary 2020

Learner Fund Bursary 2020 

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a 

Poster Learner Fund Bursary 2020recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:
1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:

a. On the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.
Or
b. The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.

2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 - 2020.
3. The bursary amount will be €750.
4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
5. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following - a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.
10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.
11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.
12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:
With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.

With regard to (8) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue postgraduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.

Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is committed to protecting the
rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCYA Privacy Notice: www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/aboutus/20180822_DCYADataPrivacyNotice.pdf

The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCYA directly.

Application requirements:
I. Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.
II. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learing & Care service.
III. Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with
the application form.
IV. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
V. The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of
online student records cannot be accepted.
VI. The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.

Timeframe for applications:
14th September  Call for applications open by CCCs
23rd October 
All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 23rd October 2020.
Week of 7th
December  
CCCs pay approved applicants
To download the application form and guidlines please click on the links below:
 
 
 
For further details please contact Deirdre in Offaly County Childcare on 057 9135878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minister O’Gorman welcomes 50% increase in recipients of Childminder Development Grant

Minister O’Gorman welcomes 50% increase in recipients of Childminder Development GrantDCYA main logo
From Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD, today announced the award of the 2020 round of Childminder Development Grants.

This year’s round sees a significant increase in the number of childminders who have been approved to receive the Childminder Development Grant in 2020, with 202 childminders awarded grants this year, a 50% increase from 2019, and a total value of €190,543.

The Childminder Development Grant provides up to €1,000 to assist childminders who are providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance quality and safety in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective childminders with their initial set-up costs.

In addition to the Childminder Development Grant, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs this year has also provided reopening grants to both childminders and centre-based services, to assist with the additional costs of reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, 287 childminders have received the Childminding Reopening Grant since July with further applications being processed since the latter scheme ended on 9 September. In addition 4,014 Covid-19 Capital Grants and 3,790 Re-opening Support Payments have been approved for DCYA-funded providers.

Making today’s announcement, Minister Roderic O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce this support for childminders, who provide such a vital service for children and families. Development Grants help childminders make those small changes that can have a big impact.

“I intend to continue extending our supports for childminders over the years ahead. Over the coming months a Childminding Action Plan will be finalised, which will set out plans for bespoke training, regulations and supports and will accelerate access to the National Childcare Scheme for more childminders.”

The Minister thanked both childminders and centre-based providers of early learning and care and school-age childcare for their commitment and hard work in reopening over recent weeks in the challenging context of COVID-19. The very large majority of services have now reopened, and providers are reporting a high proportion of children returning to services.

The Minister also thanked Meath County Childcare Committee for its assistance in administering the Childminder Development Grant in 2020 on behalf of the department.

Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups 2020

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2020Parent and Toddler Group Initative Grants 2020 Poster

The Parent & Toddler Grants Initiative for 2020 has been announced.  The grants scheme will run for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. Because the grants will operate on an academic year the time frame for applications will be very tight. Applications have been sent to Parent & Toddler Group Contacts with a closing date of Thursday September 24th 2020.

Notification of decisions and payment of grants will be made by Friday 9th October 2020.

Information on grants available:

Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,000. Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800. New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000.

Funding will be available for:

  • Toys, equipment and books
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes
  • One off events such as outings, parties and trips
  • Groups with a closing balance of €3,000 or more in the previous year
  • Groups who received funding in previous years and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased
  • Groups who do not submit evidence of appropriate insurance when making their application

Additional Information:

  • P & T Groups should have a Bank Account/Credit Union Account. The money taken at each session, any grants received by the group or money received from fundraising should be paid into the account. It is recommended that spending on the group’s behalf should be paid for by cheque/draft. All transactions involving the group’s money should be recorded and all receipts kept
  • Applications from P & T Groups will only be accepted from groups known to Offaly CCC, new groups should make arrangements to meet an OCCC staff representative prior to application deadline
  • P & T Groups must submit evidence of appropriate insurance (not applicable to new groups)

How to apply:

• Please fill in the attached application form, using clear block writing
• Please ensure that all sections are completed (Application form, Annual Income & Expenditure Account, Progress Report)
• Simple financial records are important for groups in receipt of grants as they offer protection for all involved However, newly formed groups do not need to provide a financial record until they are in existence for one year
• Please ensure the application is signed by 2 committee members
• Applicants are required to submit up to date bank statement/credit union statement (no older than 2 months) with their application form.
• Forward Evidence of insurance with application
• Forward Evidence of receipts for items purchased with last grant, along with progress report
• Grant Applications will not be recommended if: They do not include adequate information, i.e. all sections of the application form must be completed

Please note: Information regarding the Parent & Toddler Grants is sent from Offaly County Childcare Committee to a named contact person in each Parent and Toddler Group in the County, therefore it is very important to keep the CCC informed if the contact person or contact details should change. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as possible on 057-9135878 to advise.

http://www.offalychildcare.com/index.php/parent-and-toddler-groups-offaly/funding-for-groups

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

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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