Tel: 01 4851727     E: info@fingalcountychildcare.ie   

PIP ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

September Readiness 2019/2020

 

Below is the key information you will need in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments for the coming weeks. 

 

For detailed programme information please click on relevant programme links below:

 

Programme

(and links)

Programme call

start date

Final contracting date

Date programme opens for registrations

ECCE

26th August

23rd August

19th August

CCSP

19th August

16th August

19th August

TEC

26th August

23rd August

26th August

 

Before registrations can commence:

·       Services must be in contract;

·       Service calendars and fees lists should be submitted.

In addition, in order for Pobal to process payments, services need to have a valid TCAN.

 

Payments 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.

 

However, if services wish to be included in the first preliminary payments, contracting must be completed earlier, as per the table below:

 

Programme

1st preliminary payment date

Earlier contract date (in order to be included in 1st preliminary payment)

Subsequent preliminary payment date:

ECCE

23rd August

16th August

30th August

CCSP

16th August

12th August

N/A

TEC

23rd August

20th August

N/A

 

  

If you have any queries please contact Pobal Online Support on 01-5117222, or contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.

Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care Practitioners

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care Practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme.  Fingal County Childcare Committee will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications for the Fingal area.

 

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:

 

1.      This qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.

2.      The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013-2019.

3.      The bursary amount will be €750

4.      The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.

5.      Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award is not acceptable. (in some specific cases students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major award is eligible.  This is only possible in 3 Colleges National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA[Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications).

6.      A letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the applicant is eligible for work as an ECCE room leader at the higher capitation rate can also be accepted.

7.      The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years Sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

8.      Applications may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following – a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification

9.      The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

10.   The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.

11.   Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

12.   Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.

13.   Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

 

In Addition:

With regard to (5) above: In some specific cases students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major award is eligible.  This is only possible in 3 Colleges National College of Ireland (Bachelor of 

Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA[Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications).

If a person who does not have a qualification on the published list, or a letter of eligibility to practice, applies for a bursary, FCCC cannot accept the application.

With regard to (7) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this.  If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.  The outcome of this may make them eligible for a bursary, or may not, but is unlikely to be concluded in time for the closing dates. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.

 

Application Requirements:

Ø  Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.

Ø  Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

Ø  Supporting documentation must be provided with the application form

Ø  In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted

Ø  The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of online student records cannot be accepted.

Ø  The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.

 

Timeframe for applications:

 

Bursaries are open for application:                          19th August 2019

Deadline for submission of applications:               4pm on  13th September 2019

Payment of approved applications:                        Week Beginning 18th November 2019

Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).   Fingal County Childcare Committee will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications for the Fingal area.

 

The following rules apply to the Childminders Bursary:

 

1.      This qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.

2.      The award must be placed at level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013-2019.

3.      The bursary amount will be €750

4.      The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.

5.      Letters from training providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award is not acceptable.

6.      The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years Sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

7.      Applications may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before.

8.      The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

9.      Applicants must currently be a Tusla registered Childminding Service.

10.   Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

 

In Addition:

With regard to (2) above: the graduating certificate must be provided with the application form along with photographic identification.

With regard to (7) above:  the FCCC will cross-reference childminder Learner Fund grants from their records of previous rounds of Learner Fund while working in a centre-based childcare setting.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Late of incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.

 

Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders: The Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders will be available for Childminder applications in 2020.

 

Application Requirements:

 

Ø  A DCYA reference number is required.  If a childminder does not have a DCYA reference number, they will need to make an application for a DCYA reference number using the ‘DCYA Reference Number for Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders’ application form.

Ø  Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.

Ø  Supporting documentation must be provided with the application form.

 

Timeframe for applications:

 

Bursaries are open for application:                          19th August 2019

Deadline for submission of applications:               13th September 2019 at 4pm

Payment of approved applications:                        Week Beginning 18th November 2019

 

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the System

Phase 2 of the National Childcare Scheme training is due to start on the 19th August and bookings are now open.

 

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the System.

 

These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.

They will start on the 19th August and will run until the 25th October 2019.

 

All sessions, at all venues, are open to providers, so you can choose a date and location which best suits your needs, subject to capacity.

 

Please note: For the Swords venue, Carnegie Court Hotel, each participant must bring a powered up laptop. For the Blanchardstown & Balbriggan venues computer suites are provided.

 

To book a place on Phase 2 Training Sessions in Fingal please see link to Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/fingal-county-childcare-committee-19698259310

 

Childminder Development Grants

 

Fingal County Childcare Committee is delighted to announce the Childminder Development Grant applications for 2019 are now open.

The Childminders Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptations costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs. FCCC can support childminders at a local level with the CMDG applications and eligibility criteria

If you are considering making an application please contact the FCCC office for an application and a staff member can through the application process and timeline.

For more information and support in completing the application, please contact FCCC offices on 01-4851727.

 

The deadline for the grant applications is Wednesday 14th August 2019.