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Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weather

Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weatherdcyalogo

New deadline of 3pm Wednesday 14th March 2018
Providers given extra three working days to complete applications

Due to the unforeseen delays and inconveniences caused to childcare providers across the country by the recent snow event, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, today announced the extension of the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital application window by three working days, to Wednesday the 14th of March 2018 at 3pm.
It is hoped that the revised application window will allow for applicants whose preparations were affected by the recent red weather warning to complete their application forms as planned before the close of the deadline.

Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any help or guidance they may require in completing their applications for capital funding before the window closes.

UPDATE : Notice from DCYA regarding weather conditions

Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector (28th February)

The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) has met again this morning following the issuing of a Status Red weather warning in some parts of the country. Conditions are expected to worsen over Thursday and Friday in parts of the country and the NECG are advising that roads should be avoided in Status Red areas due to expected treacherous conditions. DCYA is advising childcare services that local decisions should be taken based on the weather status in their part of the country. In making this decision DCYA strongly advises that services have regard to any Met Eireann weather warnings in place, particularly when a red warning is in operation, the availability of transport, the accessibility of roads and whether schools in the area are open.

The safety of children, parents and staff is of utmost importance and we are aware that some services have already taken the decision to close their services today on foot of the current snowfall in parts of the country. The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and update further as the day.

Information from across all government departments regarding the effects of the current weather situation can be found by visiting www.gov.ie

Closures
Early years settings should take decisions based on local conditions and the safety of staff, children and parents.

Should weather conditions in your locality determine that you must close your service, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

UPDATE: Announcement from DCYA regarding weather warnings

Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sectordcyalogo

The DCYA has attended a further meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) to monitor the emerging weather situation. Severe weather is expected towards the latter end of this week. DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service.

The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and monitor the situation as it evolves.

Communicating with parents

In particular DCYA asks that childcare providers maintain contact with parents throughout the week in order to keep them informed and to allow time for planning to minimise any possible disruptions.

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents should be carefully considered by each service and if a childcare service is forced to close due to the worsening weather conditions we encourage childcare services to communicate this to the parents in their service as early as possible.

We encourage both childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice www.winterready.ie and make the appropriate preparations.

Closures
Should conditions in your area worsen to an extent where you cannot open your service safely, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

Notice from DCYA regarding severe weather conditions

The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) which met this morning to plan for severe weather conditions expected later this week.dcyalogo

DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service.

We encourage childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice (www.winterready.ie) and make the appropriate preparations to minimise disruptions.

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents is paramount and should be carefully considered by each service.

Should conditions worsen throughout the week childcare providers affected by the weather conditions should note that Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.
In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks.

Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders throughout this weather event. We ask that services in turn keep parents updated of the situation in their area. Please stay safe throughout these adverse conditions.

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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