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Email to providers from DCYA re. COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding

Dear provider,DCYA main logo

On 25 July the Minister announced the Department’s July Jobs Stimulus Funding Package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector.

The funding package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) sector from 24 August to end 2020 includes:

  1. Continuation of all DCYA ELC and SAC subsidy schemes (NCS, CCSP, TEC) and resumption of the ECCE Programme at existing capitation and subsidy rates, including ECCE Higher Capitation;
  2. Access to the Revenue-operated EWSS. A special exemption for early learning and childcare services to the turnover rule within EWSS has been included to recognise the need to retain capacity in the sector and support parents to access childcare places and get back to work.
  3. A sustainability fund will be accessible to providers (not-for-profit and for-profit) who can demonstrate that the other measures are not sufficient by themselves to enable viable operation of their business.

While services will differ, DCYA believes that the funding package available should allow most services not to increase parental fees and to maintain staff wages while remaining sustainable.

Where providers are struggling with an imminent threat to the viability of the service arising from a demonstrated decline in occupancy and/or demonstrated increase in costs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DCYA encourages them to seek financial support in the form of the COVID-19 Sustainability Support funding. A service will need to adhere to its registered Fees List as of 12 March to be eligible to access this funding.

Further detail about the eligibility criteria and how to access this funding will be made available on 14 August.

DCYA encourages providers to review their financial situation in light of the available funding package and wait until they have the full detail to consider whether they may be suitable for Sustainability Funding before making changes to fees or wages.

Regards,
Early Years Division.
DCYA.

Minister O’Gorman’s statement on Covid-19 restrictions in Kildare, Offaly and Laois - 7 August 2020

Minister O’Gorman’s statement on Covid-19 restrictions in Kildare, Offaly and Laois - 7 August 2020DCYA main logo

Dear Provider,

I am writing to give you a brief update on the latest Covid 19 development which you may have heard this evening on media, and to discuss the impact of these measures on early learning and childcare services.

The Government, acting on expert advice, this eveningannounced a temporary return of Covid 19 restrictions for the three counties of Kildare, Offaly and Laois. The restrictions will be in place for two weeks, from midnight today, 7 August.

  • For providers in those three affected counties, early learning and childcare services are allowed to stay open during this period with appropriate protective measures in place. This includes centre based services and childminders.
  • All childcare services are reminded to adhere to the expert advice on reopening the sector, which can be found on https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening. These standards have helped to keep the children in your care safe and I am very grateful to you for all your efforts in this regard.
  • While services in the effected counties may remain open ( or those planning to reopen later in the month can continue to make necessary arrangements), I realise that some parents may choose not to send their children to their early learning and childcare service for this period. In such cases, where children are funded by DCYA schemes, the unintended absence provisions in the DCYA Funding Agreements will apply, and the Department will continue to fund the child’s place for the period set out in the Funding Agreement (the period differs for different schemes, from four to eight weeks).
  • If any individual services are directed to close by the public health authorities due to Covid 19, the force majeure clause of the Department Funding Agreements will apply, and services should inform the Department, so that funding can continue.
  • My officials will meet with representatives of providers and staff on Monday 10 August to consider any further supports that may be required. We will keep you informed of any updates.

I realise that this is another worrying development for all of us, and especially for those service providers in the three affected counties. The recent increase in numbers of those diagnosed with Covid-19 acts as a reminder to us all that Covid-19 remains in the community, and that we need to maintain continued vigilance.

Thank you again for all the time and effort you have given to protecting children, families and staff whilst offering an important service to your community. As I said above, my officials will keep in regular contact with you and your representatives.

Regards
Minister Roderic O’Gorman
Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration

CCSP & TEC September Readiness 2020/2021 on PIP

Dear Service Provider, PobalLogo

 
Below is the key information in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments on PIP for the coming weeks. 
 
For detailed programme information, please click on relevant programme links below:
 
Programme
(and links)
Date programme opens for registrations
Final contracting date
Programme call
start date
10th August
14th August
17th August
24th August
21st August
24th August
 
Before registrations can commence:
·        Services must have signed relevant Funding Agreement;
·        Service calendars and fees lists must be submitted before registrations can be approved
 
The below guidance documents are now available on PIP:
 
Payments for TEC and CCSP will be made to the existing bank account associated with the service/programme on PIP; for any changes, please notify the Early Years & Young Peoples Directorate via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
If services wish to be included in the preliminary payments, contracting must be completed prior to dates in table below:
 
Programme
Preliminary payment date
Contracting date completion (in order to be included in  the preliminary payment)
CCSP
14th August
10th August
TEC
21st August
14th August
   
 
If you have any queries, please contact Pobal’s Early Years Provider Centre on 01-5117222, or contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.
 
Early Years Team
 

How-to guides for signing up to childcare subsidy schemes

Dear Service Providers,PobalLogo

Please see the below How-To-Guides in relation to Programme Readiness for NCS, ECCE, CCSP/TEC. Note that these were previously shared in the announcement on 27th July, along with the programme contracting dates.

NCS

A quick guide on how to complete programme readiness for NCS on the Early Years Hive is located here: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/how-to-guides/programme-readiness/ or a tutorial can be found on our YouTube channel here.

ECCE

For further information relating specifically to the ECCE Programme, please visit the ECCE Resources section under Useful Links on the Early Years Hive: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/useful-links/

CCSP/TEC

The CCSP/TEC Saver Programmes will continue to be managed on PIP for the 2020/21 programme year.

Guidance to assist with PAU certification and onboarding on PIP can be found in this How-To Guide. There are also guides to assist with Fees List and Service calendar for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021  here and the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021 here.

Further assistance

For assistance with on-boarding onto the Early Years Hive, you may also contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) by raising a Service Request on the Hive or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01 5117222.

Early Years Team

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

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

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..

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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