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PIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Updated Announcement re: AIM Informed Consent

 

In order to apply for AIM Level 4, 5, or 7, consent from the Parent/Guardian is required to be submitted with the child’s application. This will enable the Early Years Specialist and other professionals to support a child’s inclusion in the pre-school for the duration of his or her ECCE registration and to plan for his or her transition to primary school.

 

The information required on the AIM informed consent form includes;

·       The child’s name

·       The Service DCYA reference number

·       The setting name

·       Signatures of the Parent’s/Guardian of the child.

 

The form should then be uploaded onto PIP and submitted with the application.  This form is a legal document and should be completed in full and all signatures need to be dated. Delays will occur in processing the application if details are missing from the consent form.

 

With effect from the 31st of May 2019 the previous consent form from programme call 2018/19 will no longer be accepted. Please ensure that you fill out the correct consent form (see link below).

 

http://aim.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AIM-Informed-Consent.pdf

PIP ANNOUNCEMENT

ECCE REMINDER ECCE

Services are reminded that overpayments made by Pobal due to Service delays in making amendments to child registrations or higher capitation information, will reduce future ECCE payments.

If an overpayment is in excess of the amount due, the Service may be asked to return the funding.

There are 2 x further batch payments remaining for ECCE 2019/20 (due on 17/05/2019 and 14/06/2019), along with a Programme Support Payment (PSP).

Ahead of these payments Services are asked to please review the following:

REGISTRATIONS:
Review PIP registrations to ensure:

  • All children currently attending the Service are registered on PIP.
  • Children are registered for the correct level of service (no. of days).
  • Children that have left the Service (no longer attending) are added as ‘leavers’ on PIP.

    Queries surrounding ECCE registrations can be raised with Online Support on 01 – 511 7222, or your local CCC.


HIGHER CAPITATION:

Review Higher Capitation applications to ensure:

  • Applications at ‘queried’ status are resubmitted with amendments as required.
  • Applications at ‘approved’ status are reflected accurately (e.g. FTE/Staff dates & details), with payment issuing appropriately.
  • Services offering a mixture of both Higher Capitation and Standard Capitation Sessions must keep Pobal updated of any changes to weekly FTE as they occur, by completing an FTE Amendment Form. Updated forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Services offering Higher Capitation Sessions only are not required to update Pobal re: changes to FTE).

    Queries surrounding Higher Capitation can be raised with Online Support on 01 – 511 7222.

 

FEES LIST & CALENDARS:
Review Fees Lists and Calendars to ensure:

  • Outstanding Fees Lists and/or Calendars are submitted.
  • Fees Lists and/or Calendars at ‘queried’ status are resubmitted with amendments as required.

    Queries surrounding Fees Lists and/or Calendars should be raised with your local CCC.

€19m Childcare Programme Support

€19m Childcare Programme Support Payments open for applications

Funding will assist services ahead of National Childcare Scheme Payments to issue end June

Friday 10th May 2019

 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced the opening of applications for a €19m fund to support early learning and care and school age childcare providers this summer.

The funding will be made available to services offering state supported childcare from June 2019.

 

The Programme Support Payment recognises the additional time required of providers of Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes, to complete the administrative work associated with the scheme.

 

The payment also recognises the time required to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various schemes supported by the State.

 

Announcing the opening of applications Minister Zappone said:

 

“By working together parents, providers and the Government are transforming Irish childcare forever. These payments represent a significant investment and recognition of the work carried out by services, often behind the scenes. Work which must not be taken for granted.

More than 175,000 children and their families benefit from our Government-supported childcare through more than 4,200 local services. I am encouraging every provider delivering our childcare schemes to make their applications so that payments can be made as soon as

 

possible. The payments will give services extra support as we also continue preparations for the roll out of the new National Childcare Scheme later this year.”

 

The payment will be calculated as equal to 7 days’ (1.4 weeks’) registrations for ECCE at Standard Capitation, and 14 days’ (2.8 weeks’) registrations for CCS(P) and TEC.

 

The application window for PSP will open for six weeks from Monday 13 May to Friday 21 June 2019 and the application form can be accessed through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).

 

Payments will begin to issue after the application window closes.

 

The Programme Support Payment recognises the additional time required of providers of DCYA-funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes, to complete the administrative work associated with the scheme. The payment also recognises the time required to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various childcare schemes supported by the State.

 

NCS Capital Funding Announcment

 

 

National Childcare Scheme,Early Learning & Care
Capital Funding Announcement 

 

Monday 15th April 2019

  • Minister announces capital funding for service providers who sign up to the National Childcare Scheme
  • Funding will allow providers to purchase ICT support to assist in recording and reporting children’s attendance 
  • A ‘one stop shop’ template for maintaining attendance records will also be available to meet providers’ needs 
  • Initiative complements other National Childcare Scheme supports, including the Transition Support Payment, the national communications campaign and nationwide training programme for providers

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., has today announced that capital funding will be available to service providers who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme. The funding will allow service providers to purchase ICT support which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance. Announcing the funding, Minister Zappone noted:   

“The National Childcare Scheme has been designed to be flexible and responsive, with families’ needs and the business requirements of our dedicated childcare service providers in mind. We know that family life happens, and the Scheme’s attendance rules recognise and respond to this. 

I also want to make it as easy and efficient as possible for providers to meet their obligations in relation to recording and reporting attendance. This ICT support grant, coupled with our new ‘one stop shop’ template, will do just that, ensuring streamlined administration and more time spent doing the work that really matters – providing quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare to our nation’s children.”

A standard template for maintaining attendance records will also be made available to providers. This template will meet providers’ needs not just for the National Childcare Scheme but also the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme and Tulsa registrations. On the development of the template, Minister Zappone further commented:

“This is another important step in supporting providers to meet requirements which are necessary to ensure that public funds are used to support the maximum number of families possible. For the first time, there is a single, coherent document on which they can rely in terms of meeting their attendance recording obligations.” 

Applications for capital funding are set to open in June and detailed guidelines on the application process will be published on www.ncs.gov.ie in the coming days. 
 

Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent up to the maximum amount allowable.  A full list of eligibility criteria will be laid out in the application guidelines. 

The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.

ENDS


Notes to the editors

Grants for ICT hardware and software of between €500 and €2,000 will be available to services participating in the National Childcare Scheme. 

This National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support for families towards the cost of high quality childcare. The Scheme will open to applications in October 2019 and aims to:

  • Improve outcomes for children 
  • Reduce poverty 
  • Facilitate labour market activation and
  • Tangibly reduce the cost of childcare in Ireland for tens of thousands of families. 

 

 

AIM Application Process Sept 2019

PIP ANNOUNCEMENT

 

AIM application process for

September 2019 pre-school year

 

AIM Level 7

For children who are currently receiving AIM supports and are eligible to avail of a 2nd year of the ECCE programme from September 2019

If the child is eligible and is returning to the same pre-school setting for a second year and circumstances have not changed, services in receipt of AIM Level 7 supports must submit a 2nd year extension request for all eligible children. This request can be submitted via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal from Wednesday 1st May.

 

If the child who is currently availing of AIM supports is moving to another pre-school in September 2019, a new AIM application has to be made by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).  

 

New AIM applications:

For children eligible for the ECCE programme for the first time from September 2019 where AIM supports are required, the pre-school provider, in conjunction with the parent(s) should make an application for AIM by completing an Access and Inclusion Profile. 

To apply for a child’s 1st year AIM Level 7 support a service request must be included in the submission of a Level 4: AIM Application.  This application form can be accessed via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal and will be available from Wednesday 1st May.

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Apply early!

Applications should be made as early as possible to ensure that the relevant supports are in place when required.