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Webinar: Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings

Webinar: Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings

Dear provider,

Please note that the webinar hosted on the 31st of July by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings is now available on the First 5 website.

This recorded webinar provides an opportunity for services to get an overview of the public health Guidance directly from the HPSC, the authors of the Guidance. It also covers some of the queries which arose since the publication of the first version of the Guidance and which have been addressed in the revised version (31st July).

Please also note that revised Guidance from the HPSC (31st July) is available on the First 5 website.

The Department would like to thank Prof. Martin Cormican and Mary McKenna for delivering this Webinar.

Kind regards,

Early Years Division.

DCYA.

 

COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding

​Email to providers from DCYA re. COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding

Dear provider,

On 25 July the Minister announced the Department’s July Jobs Stimulus Funding Package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector.

The funding package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) sector from 24 August to end 2020 includes: 

  1. Continuation of all DCYA ELC and SAC subsidy schemes (NCS, CCSP, TEC) and resumption of the ECCE Programme at existing capitation and subsidy rates, including ECCE Higher Capitation;
  2. Access to the Revenue-operated EWSS. A special exemption for early learning and childcare services to the turnover rule within EWSS has been included to recognise the need to retain capacity in the sector and support parents to access childcare places and get back to work.
  3. A sustainability fund will be accessible to providers (not-for-profit and for-profit) who can demonstrate that the other measures are not sufficient by themselves to enable viable operation of their business.

While services will differ, DCYA believes that the funding package available should allow most services not to increase parental fees and to maintain staff wages while remaining sustainable.

Where providers are struggling with an imminent threat to the viability of the service arising from a demonstrated decline in occupancy and/or demonstrated increase in costs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DCYA encourages them to seek financial support in the form of the COVID-19 Sustainability Support funding. A service will need to adhere to its registered Fees List as of 12 March to be eligible to access this funding.

Further detail about the eligibility criteria and how to access this funding will be made available on 14 August.

DCYA encourages providers to review their financial situation in light of the available funding package and wait until they have the full detail to consider whether they may be suitable for Sustainability Funding before making changes to fees or wages.

Regards,
Early Years Division.
DCYA.

 

PIP Announcement AIM

​AIM Level 1 Update

Dear Service Provider,

The application process for AIM Level 1 (Inclusion Co-ordinator Higher Capitation) has been postponed until Monday 17th August 2020. 

Applications for the forthcoming pre-school year will be available on the HIVE system; please do not submit an application on PIP.

Further information and support regarding the AIM Level 1 application process will be available next week.

Early Years Team

 

 

CCSP/TEC Savers Submission Date for Fee Lists and Calendars

​CCSP/TEC Savers Submission Date for Fee Lists and Calendars

Dear Providers,

As you know, the funding agreements (or contracts) and programme rules for the 2020/21 programme year were made available to providers on 27 July 2020.  This was later than Pobal and the Department had hoped to issue the funding agreements, but we were waiting for the July stimulus programme to be approved.

Under the terms of the programme rules, providers need to submit their fees lists and calendars to Pobal two weeks before they intend to open so that Pobal can process the funding agreement. 

The CCSP savers programme begins on 17 August, which would mean that providers would need to submit their fees lists and calendars by 3 August.  The Department accepts that this does not give providers sufficient time to submit their fees and calendars so we have agreed with Pobal to extending the deadline for submission to 7 August.

Services opening on or after 24 August will need to submit fees lists and calendars two weeks in advance of opening.

DCYA 

 

Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

​Dear Service Provider,

Following on from the release of Programme Readiness (Phase 1 – 29th May) 2020/21, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal are happy to announce the launch of Phase 2 of Programme Readiness (Phase 2) for the 2020-2021 programme year this week.

In Phase 1, Services were able to complete pre-Funding Agreement (pre-contracting) tasks including PAU certification, and inputting organisation and service provider details, and Tusla registrations.

Services were able to update their profiles on the Early Years Hive e.g. add or amend portal users, bank account details and TUSLA registrations.

Details of the Phase 1 announcement and the relevant guides were contained in the announcement here.

Phase 2 will see the release of Funding Agreements across all programmes (NCS, ECCE, CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes) and fees list and service calendar for CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes.

NCS and ECCE Programmes

Contracting for ECCE will be available on the Early Years Hive on 28th July and NCS will be available on the Early Years Hive on 31st July. A PDF copy of the NCS contract can be found under ‘National Childcare Scheme Contracting’ here and a copy of the ECCE contract can be found here.

The NCS Policy Guidelines can be found under the ‘Overview of the Scheme’ here and the ‘Rules for the ECCE Programme 2020-2021’ can be found here.

A quick guide on how to complete programme readiness on the Hive is located here: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/how-to-guides/programme-readiness/ or a tutorial can be found on our YouTube channel here.

For further information relating specifically to the ECCE Programme please visit the ECCE Resources section under Useful Links on the Hive: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/useful-links/

CCSP and TEC Saver Programmes

The CCSP/TEC Saver Programmes will continue to be managed on PIP for the 2020/21 programme year. Contracting for these programmes will be available on 31st July.

The ‘Rules for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021’ are available here and the ‘Rules for the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021’ document is here.

A PDF copy of the TEC Saver Programme Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available here and a PDF copy of the CCSP Programme Saver Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available for here.

Guidance to assist with PAU certification and onboarding on PIP can be found in this How-To Guide. For assistance with on-boarding onto the Hive, you may also contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) by raising a Service Request on the Hive or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01 5117222.

There are also guides to assist with Fees List and Service calendar for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021 here and the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021 here.

Thank you,

Early Years Team

 PLEASE NOTE YOU NEED TO BE SIGNED ONTO PIP TO OPEN THE ABOVE LINKS