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ECCE 2020/21 on the Early Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,Early Years Hive

This year the ECCE Programme will be managed on the Early Years Hive, and all ECCE Programme related activities must be completed here.

All service providers offering the ECCE Programme for the 2020-2021 programme year must complete every step of the on boarding process on the Hive before they can begin the ECCE readiness process. This means that each service provider must have an Early Years Hive account. Quick Guides and videos are available on the Early Years Hive to assist services with this process.

Once the on-boarding process is completed, Service Providers must also complete the ECCE specific readiness steps before a programme application can be submitted. A Quick Guide on completing the ECCE readiness steps is available here for assistance with this process. A separate Quick Guide is available to assist you with completing the ECCE Fees List and Service Calendars on the Early Years Hive.

DCYA ECCE Programme Rules for 2020/21 will be made available shortly.

Early Years Team

DCYA Announcement regarding the launch of a range of online resources and guidance to support service provider​s

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Today the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has launched a range of online resources and guidance to support service providers, practitioners and parents to prepare for the 
reopening of Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare settings, including childminders. The Guidance for Reopening webpage is available on the First 5 website https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening.

Some resources are already published, and others will be added in the coming days and weeks. The web-page will be regularly updated, so please check back. Irish-language resources will be available in the coming days.

Acknowledging that sometimes the volume of information available can feel overwhelming and hard to manage, the new webpage aims to make it easy for you to navigate and find the information and guidance you need.

The Department would like to thank the many organisations that have developed and given advice on these resources and guidance. The webpage notes some resources that are still being developed and will be available soon. If there is further guidance you feel you need, please let us know through your representative organisation or local City/County Childcare Committee.

Regards,

Early Years Division.
DCYA.

Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2019/20 - closing date 12th June

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Providers are reminded that Programme Support Payments (PSP) will close for applications next Friday, June 12th.

On Friday, 17th April, the DCYA released an advance payment of one-third of the Programme Support Payment (PSP) that services were scheduled to receive in June 2020. In order to receive the remaining two-thirds and retain the one-third already paid to services, the application form must be completed and submitted by Friday 12 June 2020.

If a service does not wish to apply, then the advance payment must be returned. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements to return the payment.

A ‘How to Guide’ including screen shots explaining how to apply through the service provider portal is attached here.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

DCYA Announcement on COVID-19 and Programme Readiness 2020/21

DCYA Announcement on COVID-19 and Programme Readiness 2020/21PobalLogo

COVID-19

The DCYA are working towards the significant challenges of a phased reopening of early learning and care facilities for 29th June, in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The lifting of restrictions and the progression to each stage of this roadmap is dependent on the containment of the COVID-19 virus.

Working closely with the DCYA, Pobal are preparing our systems – PIP and the Early Years Hive to support the range of measures in relation to funding that may be introduced in coming weeks.

As a result of COVID 19 restrictions, it does mean that we are currently not in a business as usual model, that being said we do invite you to make preliminary preparations for Programme Readiness 2020/2021.

The DCYA and Pobal look forward to building on the very constructive engagement we have had with the sector during this challenging time for our country.

Programme Readiness 2020/21

The first step in Programme Readiness 2020/21 is the launch of the on-boarding process on EYP for NCS and ECCE, and on PIP for CCSP Savers and TEC Savers on 2nd June, 2020.

We are asking PAUs (Primary Authorised Users) for your organisation to set up accounts on the Early Years Hive if you haven’t used it before and to ensure that your organisation details are up to date on both the HIVE and PIP.

These readiness tasks include:

  • PAU Certification
  • Organisation details certification
  • Service details certification

For Service Providers who have not previously on-boarded onto the Early Years Hive, this can be completed following the steps in the Quick Guides and Useful Links or following the videos on the NCS YouTube channel. Guidance on on-boarding on PIP can be found in this How-to Guide.

At this is the initial phase of programme readiness, only activities associated with on-boarding can be completed. This includes updating the following: PAU (Primary Authorised User), Organisation details, bank account, portal users, service provider details, Tusla registration, service calendar and fees list. Notes: service calendars and fees lists will be available for CCSP Savers and TEC Savers at a later date.

As we move through the Phases of reopening, we will keep you informed as to when the full suite of programme readiness and contracting processes will be available. We will give you additional information at that time on your requirements and relevant opening and closing dates.

Programme Support Payment (PSP) 2020/21

Programme Support Payments (PSP) will open for applications on PIP from Friday May 29 until Friday June 12 2020; the payments will issue after the application process ends.
A more detailed notice for PSP is available on the PIP Portal and a ‘How to Guide’ including screen shots explaining how to apply through the service provider portal is attached here.

Late applications for PSP will not be accepted.

If a service does not wish to apply, then the advance payment must be returned. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements to return the payment.

Minister Zappone chairs fifth meeting of Advisory Group on planned reopening of childcare services

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From Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, this week chaired the fifth meeting of the expert Advisory Group on the planned reopening of Early Learning and Care (ELC)/ School-age Childcare services (SAC). The Group, together with the recently established Reference Group, are advising Government as work continues to implement the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The Government’s Roadmap sees crèches, childminders and preschools opening in phase 3 (29 June).

At the meeting, the Group were updated on ongoing work by Government on the development of a funding model for the reopening of the sector. It was agreed that the Department of Children & Youth Affairs will continue to closely liaise with providers in development of this model, through consultation with the Advisory Group and the Reference Group. The Group were also updated on the issuing of the Programme Support Payment (PSP), a total support package of €13 million which will issue this month. The PSP payments recognise the additional time required of providers to complete the administrative work associated with DCYA-funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes. Providers can apply for the PSP through the Pobal portal.

Following the fourth meeting of the Group and first meeting of the Reference Group last week, HPSC public health guidelines for reopening were issued by the Department to the sector. Further guidance will continue to issue to the sector in the coming weeks. Childcare service providers are being asked to apply the public health guidance to their settings, to determine what capacity they can offer. If there is insufficient capacity for all children whose parents want them to return to the service on 29 June (the initial phase of reopening), childcare providers will be asked to prioritise the children of essential and frontline workers and vulnerable children. If there is sufficient capacity, services will be able to provide places for children who previously registered in childcare services on 12 March, whose parents continue to need childcare for employment or training purposes.

Speaking following the meeting, Minister Zappone said:

“As we continue to work towards the reopening of services at the end of this month, continued consultation and conversation with the childcare sector is more important than ever. My Department will continue to support the sector in work towards an orderly, safe and sustainable reopening of services. Extensive consultation with the sector is a key part of delivering this, and I want to thank each member of the Advisory Group and the Reference Group for their hard work and engagement. I want to encourage parents and providers to make contact with each other as the date for reopening approaches, so we can have as much information as possible on the level of demand and supply we are dealing with. The voice of parents needs to be heard loud and clear as we continue to work to implement the Government’s Roadmap. ”

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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