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PIP Announcement - Online 'GDPR' training


Online ‘GDPR for Management’ training

As you are all aware, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 and all organisations are responsible for ensuring that they are meeting their obligations under the GDPR.  Of course, Data Protection legislation has been in force for quite some time and there is an obligation on all of us to ensure that we are compliant with all relevant legislation.

However, in response to concerns within the Early Years sector relating to GDPR readiness, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) is offering complimentary online General Data Protection Regulation Training to all childcare services to support you in meeting your Data Protection obligations. This training is designed and delivered by iHasco.

Course content:

This training will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and consists of tutorial videos and a separate test at the end. Slides may be viewed as often as you wish. Each service has only one credit for the course (i.e. the test may only be completed once) so only one email address may be used to access the course. Each service should consider who is the most appropriate person to complete the test at the end of the training. Each service can come in and out of the training as required until you have passed the test at the end. The default pass mark for the test is 60%. Once that mark is achieved you cannot retake the test. Each service will get a certificate on successful completion of the test.

Accessing the training:

The training is available on the following link until 23 October 2019: Only an email address is required to log in. Each service should ensure they read iHasco’s Privacy Notice and Terms and Conditions.


DCYA hold no responsibility for the content of the course. It is at the discretion of each service whether they choose to complete the training. DCYA is not in a position to provide individual GDPR advice. Further details on GDPR and Data Protection can be found on the website of the Data Protection Commission:

This online training is offered as a support for services in relation to GDPR obligations, and provides a high level overview of the principles of GDPR. Services will need to assess what further actions they may need to take to ensure they are fully informed of their responsibilities in relation to GDPR in an early years context.



DCYA Announce New Network Support Fund

New funding available to networks working to improve outcomes for children under the Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI)


Applications are now open for the new Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Network Support Fund

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the launch of a “Network Support Fund”, a Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI) measure supported through Dormant Accounts Funding.

The QCBI is an initiative designed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to ensure those working with children, young people and their families build on the existing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of prevention and early intervention approaches, models and practices on outcomes for children. This new funding measure under the QCBI will support statutory, community, and voluntary organisations leading or co-ordinating networks, learning communities or fora promoting evidence informed approaches to prevention and early intervention services so that those working with and for children, young people and their families are supported in doing the right things, in the right way and at the right time. It will facilitate formal and informal knowledge sharing explicitly focussed on enhancing practice and professional dialogue and curiosity around evidence informed prevention and early intervention. Applications are encouraged from networks made up of specific disciplines, such as teachers, Public Health Nurses, Social Care workers, as well as multidisciplinary networks. 

The Minister says,

"I am delighted to announce funds for Organisations working with and for children and young people, to further support them in accessing essential training, workshops, networking and sharing events. I am confident all those successful in their application will use the learning they’ll achieve towards making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people living in Ireland."

The 2018/2019 QCBI Network Support Fund is open for applications from 5 November 2018 until 5 November 2019. It will be open to applications on a rolling basis, meaning that interested organisations and networks can apply at any time until the end of November 2019 to secure funding to a maximum of €20,000 per year for activities such as peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing events, knowledge sharing tools or resource development, training workshops and seminars. 

Further details on the application process are available on the DCYA website (Click Here).

Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications Oct 2019

New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019


  • Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children 

  • Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers


Tuesday 6th November 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid- October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. 
The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland.  Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations. 

“I have been steadfast in my commitment to deliver the crucial change that families need, and so I am delighted to be able to announce the timeframe for the introduction of the new Affordable Childcare Scheme” commented Minister Zappone. 

“We are building the radical new childcare infrastructure needed to transform childcare in Ireland from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the very best. This involves putting in place a legislative framework, through the Childcare Support Act 2018, and building a world class IT system to allow parents to access tailored childcare supports that will meet the needs of each family.  By lowering childcare costs, the Affordable Childcare Scheme aims to support parents to return to work and training, to reduce child poverty and to improve child outcomes.”

From October 2019 everyone will be able to apply for the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.  To ensure a smooth transition for both parents and providers, the current childcare subsidy schemes will remain in place for the 2019/20 programme year.  People will be able to register for the current schemes as normal, from August 2019 up until the new Affordable Childcare Scheme launches.  After the launch date, people can choose to move over to the new Scheme or to remain on their old scheme for the remainder of the programme year.  This will provide certainty for current scheme beneficiaries, offer ample time to apply for the new scheme and ensure that no family is worse off during the transition period.  Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.

Comprehensive information, training and supports will be available to parents, childcare providers and other stakeholders from early next year in readiness for the launch of the scheme. 

Enhancements to the Affordable Childcare Scheme announced as part of Budget 2019 will mean that an even greater number of families will now benefit from the scheme.  The significant increase in the maximum net income threshold to €60,000 per annum means that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the scheme relative to the original proposals, including some families with gross income of up to €100,000 per annum.  Over 40,000 other children, already eligible, will see increases to their subsidies. 

Childcare providers, who play an integral role in the delivery of all of the DCYA childcare schemes, will continue to receive a Programme Support Payment (PSP) in 2019. Budget 2019 provided funding of €19.4m for PSP, an increase of nearly 8%, which will bring the total amount of PSP paid to childcare providers since 2017 to over €55m in recognition of the administrative support they offer in delivering the schemes’ benefits to parents.

Further information relating to the launch of the scheme will be made available at over the coming months. Families can also find information on the website in relation to existing supports to make childcare more affordable in Ireland. 

Quality Regulatory Framework Briefing Sessions

02 November 2018

Re: Early Years Inspectorate Briefings 2018

A Chara,

I am delighted to take this opportunity to invite you to a series of Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF) Inspectorate briefings throughout November and December.

As you know the Early Years Inspectorate’s QRF was launched in Dublin in September. The QRF document clearly presents the scope of how the Inspectorate will assess services for compliance with the 2016 Regulations, which in turn will promote the quality and safety of services provided to children. Each service has been provided with a copy of the QRF. If you have not received a copy, please contact the inspectorate for a copy. The QRF is also available to download on our website at:

Throughout November and December, the Inspectorate will deliver a limited series of briefing sessions which you are invited to attend. If it is not possible for you to attend, you are welcome to send another representative from your service, where appropriate. These briefing sessions will focus on the QRF, as well as providing an update on the process for the re-registration of Early Years Services in 2019, and a summary of the Inspectorate’s annual report, which will be published shortly.

These briefings will begin at 6.30pm and end at 9.00pm in the following venues on the following dates:

 15th November 2018 - The Ardilaun Hotel, Tailors Hill, Galway

 19th November 2018 - The Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Stockhole Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin

 26th November 2018 - The Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon Road, Athlone

 29th November 2018 - The Newgrange Hotel, Bridge Street, Navan, Co. Meath

 4th December 2018 - The South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick

 4th December 2018 - The Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork

 6th December 2018 - The Clayton Hotel, Sligo, Clarion Road, Ballinode, Sligo

 10th December 2018 - The Citywest Hotel, Naas Road, Saggart, Co. Dublin

If you wish to attend one of these briefings you can reserve a free place by visiting our Eventbrite booking page at:

PIP Announcement - PIP Portal Enhancements

PIP Portal Enhancements

Further to our announcement on the PIP Portal Enhancements, a PIP Portal User Guide is now available to view.
We encourage you to pay particular attention to the ‘Funding’ section of the portal, as a number of changes have been introduced to provide more visibility of the financial information related to your active programmes and payments.  An infographic is also available which explains how Pobal calculates payments for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes (ECCE, CCS/P and TEC).