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Minister Zappone chairs fifth meeting of Advisory Group on planned reopening of childcare services

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From Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, this week chaired the fifth meeting of the expert Advisory Group on the planned reopening of Early Learning and Care (ELC)/ School-age Childcare services (SAC). The Group, together with the recently established Reference Group, are advising Government as work continues to implement the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The Government’s Roadmap sees crèches, childminders and preschools opening in phase 3 (29 June).

At the meeting, the Group were updated on ongoing work by Government on the development of a funding model for the reopening of the sector. It was agreed that the Department of Children & Youth Affairs will continue to closely liaise with providers in development of this model, through consultation with the Advisory Group and the Reference Group. The Group were also updated on the issuing of the Programme Support Payment (PSP), a total support package of €13 million which will issue this month. The PSP payments recognise the additional time required of providers to complete the administrative work associated with DCYA-funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes. Providers can apply for the PSP through the Pobal portal.

Following the fourth meeting of the Group and first meeting of the Reference Group last week, HPSC public health guidelines for reopening were issued by the Department to the sector. Further guidance will continue to issue to the sector in the coming weeks. Childcare service providers are being asked to apply the public health guidance to their settings, to determine what capacity they can offer. If there is insufficient capacity for all children whose parents want them to return to the service on 29 June (the initial phase of reopening), childcare providers will be asked to prioritise the children of essential and frontline workers and vulnerable children. If there is sufficient capacity, services will be able to provide places for children who previously registered in childcare services on 12 March, whose parents continue to need childcare for employment or training purposes.

Speaking following the meeting, Minister Zappone said:

“As we continue to work towards the reopening of services at the end of this month, continued consultation and conversation with the childcare sector is more important than ever. My Department will continue to support the sector in work towards an orderly, safe and sustainable reopening of services. Extensive consultation with the sector is a key part of delivering this, and I want to thank each member of the Advisory Group and the Reference Group for their hard work and engagement. I want to encourage parents and providers to make contact with each other as the date for reopening approaches, so we can have as much information as possible on the level of demand and supply we are dealing with. The voice of parents needs to be heard loud and clear as we continue to work to implement the Government’s Roadmap. ”

Extension of DCYA Provider Survey: Update 5th June 2020

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The completion date for the DCYA Provider Survey has been extended to close of business Wednesday, 10th June.

For those Early Learning and Care Providers who have not completed the survey, a link to the survey will be sent by email, together with a guidance note, in time for completion by Wednesday the 10th of June.

A draft text copy of the survey is attached here please note this copy is for information only and cannot be submitted.

Please see the Technical Guidance document for more information. For all other queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Years Team

TWSCS Payments​

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Please be aware that this week’s payments have been made to all services who submitted the TWSCS funding agreement and an application form by Tuesday, 2nd June.

Applications ‘In Review’

Any providers whose applications are still in review will receive a further preliminary payment for one week. These providers can still make changes to the application form. Please refer to Step 6 – Reviewing a submitted Application Form on how to edit and resubmit the form in the Application Guidance Document.

Applications ‘Calculated’

Any providers whose applications have been calculated will receive payments based on the information in the application form, and should receive a further two weeks payment to 19th June. Preliminary payments paid to date will have been reconciled against the actual payment due. Where an overpayment is identified in this reconciliation, no payment will be issued this week. If your application has a status of ‘Calculated’ on the Early Years Hive then changes cannot be made until a later date, which will be communicated in due course.

A payment breakdown view will be available for service providers on the Early Years Hive at the end of June.

If you have any queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or raise a service request on the Hive.

Early Years Team

Press Release and Report for Government on ’Planning for reopening ELC & SAC services 03/06/2020

Press Release and Report for Government on ’Planning for reopening ELC & SAC services 03/06/2020DCYA main logo

Dear Providers,

Please see the attached press release from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs regarding the fifth meeting of the Advisory Group and a report for Government on ’ Planning for reopening Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services’ for your information.

Regards,

Early Years Division.
DCYA.

AIM PROGRAMME 20/21: APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NEW APPLICANTS

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The AIM 2020/2021 programme year is now open for new applicants. Application forms are accessible via the AIM tab on the PIP portal.

Please note, although the AIM application system is open, in light of public health guidance, the delivery of AIM supports are dependent on the timing and nature of the re-opening of the ECCE programme for 2020/21. Further detail on this will be made available by the DCYA in due course.

Also, any AIM support awarded for the 2020/2021 pre-school year will be subject to the childcare service re-opening and the participation of the child or children in pre-school.

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, a number of temporary changes are being implemented to facilitate the submission and processing of AIM applications. Further information on these changes are available here, please read this document carefully before submitting an application.

Applicants should apply as early as possible to ensure that the relevant supports are in place when required.

If you require assistance, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regards,
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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