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Childminding Development Grant (CMDG)

Childminding Development Grant (CMDG)

Applications for the CMDG are opened the closing date is 7th August,  If are currently operating a childminding service or are setting up a new service and wish to apply for a Childminding Development Grant 2020 you can contact Jacinta Cooke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 087 7722228 for an application form and guidelines.


PIP Announcement -TWSCS


Important: TWSCS application deadline and NCS registration renewals reminders- 29/06/20

Dear Service Provider,

Please see the important reminders below.

TWSCS Application Deadline

As communicated last week, the deadline to complete amendments to a TWSCS application form, should you need to do so, is close of business Tuesday, 30th June (tomorrow).

If you have been contacted by Pobal to amend an application or you believe that you need to, please do so as soon as possible. See the Amending a TWSCS Application Form + Viewing TWSCS Payment Calculation guidance document for example scenarios and step-by-steps guides on how to amend an application accordingly- on PIP portal.

Pobal are unable to verify that any changes to the application forms are correct until another verification check is performed with Revenue. This is scheduled for the week ending 3rd July.

Final payments under the scheme should be made on week ending 10th July up until 17th July.

NCS Registrations Renewals

All existing pre-COVID-19 registrations have been automatically end-dated. This was done to alleviate some of the administrative pressure on service providers at this busy time.

However, this does mean that services must re-register CHICKs for the children who are now attending. This is to be done on the Early Years Hive and a step-by-step action sheet on re-registering is available here- on PIP portal. This has been updated on the previous version shared on 19th June.

If your service is reopening this week, it is very important to update your registrations as soon as possible and ensure that parents confirm the registration via the Parent Portal before submitting your weekly returns. You will not receive payment in instances where a parent has not confirmed the registration.

Note that the return due date has changed from a Wednesday night to a Tuesday night.

Please see the FAQ on NCS re-registrations for more information- on PIP portal

Early Years Team

PIP Announcement -EYs Profile

Annual Early Years Service Profile – technical issues resolved and survey back online

Dear provider,

The technical issue with the Annual Early Years Service Profile has now been resolved and the survey can be accessed online through your PIP/Hive portal.

If you have any queries or experience any difficulties accessing the survey, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As mentioned last Friday, the deadline has been extended to 5pm Friday 3rd July.

Thank you for your patience and apologies again for any inconvenience caused. 

Kind regards,

Monitoring, Analysis and Outcomes Unit


PIP Announcement- Inspection Process


Plans for inspection process during the Covid-19 pandemic- 26/06/20

Dear Service Provider,

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is very conscious of the stress and additional burden the closure period and preparations for re-opening have put on you as providers but also on your staff and the parents and children who use your service. We have endeavoured throughout this period to assist you, initially in sustaining your service through the closure period and, more recently, in making preparations for reopening. You will already be familiar with the extensive guidance and support material available to you through the First 5 Website.

In acknowledgement of the current pressures, and the need to work within public health advice, both the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate and the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate are providing an update on how they intend to work with services who are opening from June 29th onwards.

In line with the agreement to coordinate and streamline communications to the sector on inspection processes, announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in January, attached here are communications from the two inspectorates, which have also been published today on the websites of the two bodies.

In addition to previous guidance issued (available on the DCYA and Tusla websites) and in order to assist providers, both Inspectorates have provided new documentation to explain their approach to inspections in the coming weeks and months. You will find that documentation attached here, including:

Letter from Tusla

Tusla Early Years COVID-19 inspection protocol for Registered Providers

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate COVID-19 Inspection Tool

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate Covid -19 Pre Inspection Documentation Request

Department of Education and Skills Circular on Inspection of ELC Services in 2020/2021 - English version & Irish version

If you have any specific queries on the content of the attached documents or the conduct of inspections, please make contact with the relevant inspectorate.


Pobal CAR/the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will provide an update to providers in the coming weeks on resumption of compliance visits.


PIP Announcement - Technical Difficulties

PIP Announcement

Technical issues with Annual Early Years Service Profile platform – deadline extended to 5pm Friday 3rd July

Dear provider,

Unfortunately we are experiencing a technical outage on the Annual Early Years Service Profile survey platform that is out of our control. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible but the site will be unavailable until the issue is fixed.

We will notify you as soon as the survey is available. In the meantime we have extended the deadline by one week to allow you more time to complete the survey.

The new survey deadline is 5pm Friday 3rd July. More information on this will follow.

We apologise for any inconvenience cause and thank you as always for your participation in this important work.

Kind regards,
Monitoring, Analysis and Outcomes Unit