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

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NCS and Savers non-attendance for more than 4 weeks

NCS and Savers non-attendance for more than 4 weeks PIP and HIVE

Dear Service Provider

Since the full reopening of ELC and SAC services on March 29th 2021, Service Providers registered for NCS and Savers programmes who have non-attendance of registered children for more than 4 weeks are requested to provide the number(s) (only) of these places in the ‘NCS and Savers Non-attendance Form’ – refer to link below.

N.B. Please note that any children non-attending for the period concerned (March 29th to July 2nd 2021) can be retained at the existing registration level for that period only if they form part of the count within this form. A finding of non-compliance will not apply to the counted children in the event of a compliance visit (subject to this form being completed and the supporting details of the number of children included in the form, being made available to compliance staff at any future unannounced visit i.e. their names).

In the form you are required to include the number(s) of non-attendees by Programme, and service provision; preschool or afterschool. Below is the list of questions in the form.

  1. How many NCS preschool (session, part-time or full-time) children have not attended more than 4 weeks?
  2. How many NCS school-aged children have not attended more than 4 weeks?
  3. How many Savers preschool (session, part-time or full-time) children have not attended more than 4 weeks?
  4. How many Savers school-aged children have not attended more than 4 weeks?

NCS and Savers Non-Attendance Form

The ‘NCS and Savers Non-attendance Form’ for completion can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGGLD2V

Keep a record

When you have submitted the number(s) of non-attendees, you must retain a record of the number(s) on your files and an associated list of the children counted for this form, as the form cannot be printed. This information will be sought and checked during a compliance visit for both programmes. The number of non-attendees provided on the form and the list of children retained must match the non-attendees that may be identified during a compliance visit. Children who are not listed will be subject to normal attendance rules and checks.

Deadline for completion

The Form must be completed and submitted by COB Thursday, June 3rd.

Support

Should you have any queries in relation to NCS and Savers non-attendance, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the following categories:

Request Type: Non Attendance
Request Type Detail: Non Attendance

Tusla arrangements for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) providers relating to the recent cyber-attack

Tusla has distributed an update on contingency arrangements for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) providers relating to the recent cyber-attack on Tusla systems.

Tusla Contact Numbers Cyber Attach


Please see a synopsis of the information below.


At present Tusla are dependent on telephone and post for all communications. The ICT systems of the Early Years Inspectorate Registration office are currently down. This includes email, internal systems, and the portal, therefore please do not submit documents to the portal until further notice.

Early Years Inspectorate Contact information - May 2021
All Tusla ICT systems have been disabled as a precaution in response to the cyber-attack on Friday 14 May 2021.

www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/

Please see below a list of relevant contact details in use until further notice:
📞Notifiable Incidents -061 461706 or 061461711
📞Early Years Registration -061 461715
📞School Age Registration - 061 461718
📞Change in Circumstances & Cessations- 061 461726
📞Feedback & Concerns - 061 461743 or 0614617
📞Inspections – Dublin Mid Leinster 087 6873904

***REMINDER: Calling all childminders, your opinion is important to us***

Dear Childminder,

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for the Staffed Local Childminding Network is fast approaching, please ensure that you complete the survey by this Friday 21st May.


Feel free to share with any other childminders in your area who may not be known to us.    5637 DCEDIY NAPC Logo RGB 72


As you may be aware the National Action Plan for Childminding (2021-2028) was recently launched. Consultation with childminders is fundamental to the success of the plan. A short survey has been developed on the design of staffed local childminding networks. The staffed local childminding networks will be run by a network leader, providing peer support to childminders, information, training and support with continuing professional development.


The purpose of this survey is to capture your views on how you would like to see the staffed local childminding networks run so that they can be as useful and beneficial as possible for you as a childminder. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and the closing date is Friday 21st May.
We would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey which can be accessed here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DD9552T

 

Michelle Grant
Childminding Development Officer

AIM Level 4 and 7 Training sessions (Reminder)

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Dear Service Provider,

The AIM Level 4 and 7 application process for 21/22 has now opened on Hive. As this is a new process on Hive, training sessions have been organised via Webinar this week. The training will give service providers an overview of the application process. Please click on the relevant link for further information and to register your attendance:

​Date/Time Webinar link​
Monday 17th May 6.45pm* to 8.15pm ​https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8919315705241253134
Tuesday 18th May 6.45pm* to 8.15pm https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4742968121692320014
​Wednesday 19th May 6.45pm* to 8.15pm https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6727376603107150862
​Thursday 20th May 6.45pm* to 8.15pm  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7841630482788417806

*Start time has changed from 6.30pm to 6.45pm.

Please note that the maximum number of participants per session is 500.

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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