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

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Important information on Covid-19 Operating Supports for the period 1 February - 5 March 2021

Dear service provider,

Covid 19

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We would like to remind all services that the funding agreement for ELC/SAC funding measures covering the period 1 February – 5 March is currently available on the Early Years Hive until close of business on Friday, 26 February.

Please review the below important information in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Supports.

Application and funding agreement process

There are two steps services must successfully complete in this process. If your service has completed only one of the below steps, the process is incomplete and requires action.

  1. Go to My Account > COSP Emergency Measures and complete the calendar that is available on the My Account tab; and
  2. Go to Programmes, select Covid-19 Operating Supports, complete each page and accept the Contract Activation.

See the Technical Guidelines for further assistance with completing the application process. This document is available under the Funding Measures heading on Useful Links.

Important: An application cannot be amended once it has been submitted. Please ensure that all information is correct before submitting.

Service Types

Service providers must ensure that they identify themselves under the correct service type on the application.

EECE only ​ECCE only services include services that provide ECCE only with no more 30 minutes of additional of childcare paid for by parents.
ECCE and other programmes​ ​A childcare service that provides ECCE and one or more additional childcare programmes i.e. NCS, CCSP or children attending in a private capacity etc. 
Other Programmes but no ECCE​ ​A childcare service that provides other childcare programmes i.e. NCS, SAC or children attending in a private capacity but does not provide ECCE.

 For example, a full time service that is contracted under ECCE but also has fee-paying children would be service type: ECCE and other programmes. 

Closures

Mid-term closures

Service providers should ensure that the mid-term closures correlate to the scheduled midterm week on their ECCE calendars. Pobal check these before approval. If a service indicates they are closed for mid-term but have indicated they will be open on the ECCE calendar, we will decline the week and payment will not issue for that week.

Force Majeure closures

If services have previously submitted a force majeure for one of the first weeks in February, and have now indicated that they are open on the COSP Emergency Measures application, the week will be declined and payment will not issue for that week. Pobal will check against previous submissions.

Force majeure closures due to no demand will only be approved up to this week, and then on a weekly basis thereafter. Services are still required to submit weekly applications through Hive for the weeks after they submit the form.

Voluntary closures

All closures with a reason ‘Closed voluntarily’ will appear as declined on the Hive.

COSP Reviews

The window to submit COSP review requests closed on Monday 15th February.  Review requests submitted after this date will not be considered.

Service providers with an outstanding COSP review should not submit the application form until the query has been resolved.

Payment schedule

Services that contracted by Monday, 15 February, and who have confirmed that they will be open for all weeks in the period, will be paid on Friday, 19 February. Service Providers who have indicated closed weeks in the period, will require review and on approval will be paid in the subsequent weekly payment runs.

Payments will be issued on a weekly basis from 19 February onwards.

Help and support

Please see the Funding Measures heading on the Useful Links page on the early Years Hive for guidance.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Supports outlined above please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following categories:

  • Request Type Detail: COSP General Query
  • Request Type: COSP
  • Programme Request: Covid 19 Supports

Many thanks,
Early Years Team

Fire Safety Capital Grant 2021 Announcement

Fire Safety Capital Grant 2021 Announcement

Dear Service Provider,

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have extended the closing date for the Capital 2021 Fire Safety Grant.

The new Closing Date is Friday February the 26th at 6pm.

Pobal have been asked to highlight the following information for applicants:
1. You do not need a Fire Cert before you can get a Fire Safety Assessment; this grant is designed to support services to get a Fire Cert.
2. Please ensure your Fire Safety Assessment is Dated Pobal will check the date to confirm the Fire Safety Assessment falls within the allowed time frames.

Help and support
Should you have any queries in relation to the information outlined above please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following category:

- ELC Capital Grant query

Many thanks,
Early Years Team

Capital 2021 Applicant Guidelines

Capital 2021 Technical Guidelines

2021 Compliance checks programme

2021 Compliance checks programme compliance

Dear Service Provider,

The Department has worked to support Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing funding to ensure the continuity of care and sustainability of services, the Department has modified the compliance process to take account of public health advice and to reduce the administrative burden on providers at this time.

As services have a duty to claim funding in line with scheme rules and funding agreements, the Department also has a duty to ensure funding is being dispersed responsibly and for purposes intended to protect Exchequer Funding. For this reason, compliance checks will continue on a staggered basis during this restrictive period, beginning with checks on TWSCS funding from 2020. The checks will be carried out remotely and in full compliance with public health advice. Services will be required to submit relevant documents upon request to Pobal who will then assess them. This may involve additional correspondence where clarifications are sought. Services that have been directed to close by the HSE or that have previously participated in a TWSCS verification will not be expected to participate in the new round of TWSCS checks. These checks will commence on 22th February 2021.

Advance notice will be given as compliance checks on other funded schemes commence in coming weeks. In accordance with public health advice, the compliance checks will be carried out remotely under level 3, 4 and 5 restrictions and will be desk based unless it is absolutely necessary to make onsite visits.
We want to take this opportunity to thank services in advance for their cooperation and participation in the verification checks in these exceptional times.

Regards,
DCEDIY

ECCE-Only services: funding measures for the period 1st February - 5th March 2021

ECCE-Only services: funding measures for the period 1st February - 5th March 2021Early Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

The funding agreement for ELC/SAC funding measures covering the period 1st February – 5th March is now available on the Early Years Hive until close of business on Friday, 26th February.

Please note that it is a requirement for your service to continue to receive/retain funding for the period 1st February to 5th March that you complete and return this funding agreement before 26th February.

The following payments are available to closed ECCE-only service providers, subject to agreement to the terms and conditions:

  • 100% payment for AIM
  • Continued payment of 70% of the value of current ECCE registrations
  • Access to Covid-19 Sustainability funding where a requirement is established

Please see the previous Announcement for further information and guidance.

Early Years Team

First 5 Updates

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Guidance During COVID-19

The Guidance during COVID-19 has been updated under the Level 5 - Temporary Restrictions & Arrangments (Jan - March 2021) with a Memo from the HSE to childcare providers regarding the following:

  • Face Coverings
  • Covid Testing
  • Key Public Health Messages

Click here to read the memo and access the First 5 website:  https://first5.gov.ie/guidance

Preschool at home hub

Additional resources have been added to Pre-school at Home Hub with activities to support & encourage children’s interests & to keep them playing & learning at home.

Check out the new resources here: https://first5.gov.ie/parents/pre-school-at-home

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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