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Hive Announcement - Core Funding Payments

Early years hive core funding 07 09 2022

Dear Service Providers,

Core Funding payments have been processed this week for all services that have accepted the funding agreement by close of business on Monday, 26 September. This week’s payment covers the period 29 September – 2 November and should reach providers’ bank accounts on 30 September.

Services that have contracted by Wednesday, 21 September have received a total of 7 weeks Core Funding to date.

Services that have contracted from 22 to 26 September have received a total of 6 weeks Core Funding to date.

The current value of 1 week’s payment is the total Core Funding value calculated per your application, divided by 52. This weekly amount has been paid for the number of weeks detailed above.

Each week will have a separate allocation for each eligible premium (Main Base Rate, Graduate Lead Educator Premium & Graduate Manager Premium).

Best wishes,

The Early Years Team

Up-coming CPD workshops with Offaly County Childcare Committee for October 2022

 Check out our up-cpming workshops for the month of October.  Just click on the link to register on Eventbrite

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training

Date & Time

Saturday 8th October (9:30am -4:30pm)

Thursday 13th, 20th, 27th October (7:10pm -10:00pm)

Cost:  €10 per person 

Location:  Tullamore Family Resource Centre, Tullamore

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Workshop Information:

Offaly County Childcare Committee is delivering a training programme which will support educators engage with “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education”. This awareness raising programme will empower early years educators to explore, develop and promote inclusive practices for the benefit of all children and families availing of their service. It will give participants a greater confidence in developing and implementing an Inclusion Policy for their service.

The training has been developed and funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

On completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Dates and Times of Training Sessions:

  • Saturday 8th October 2022 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday 13th October, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Thursday 20th October, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Thursday 27th October, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Full attendance at all sessions is required.

Booking Criteria:

  • Booking is on a first come, first served basis
  • Places are limited to 16 participants
  • DCEDIY Number and name of service must be given at time of registration
  • This training is for services in County Offaly only. (If this criteria does not apply to you and you book a place it may be cancelled)
 Click here to register on Eventbrite

 Behaviour Support Strategies for Early Learning and Care Professionals

Date & Time:

Tues 11th October 2022

7:00pm -9:00pm

Cost:  FREE

Location: Online Platform (Zoom/Webex/Teams)

Behaviour Strategies

About this event
The Aims and Objectives for Behaviour Support for ELC:

By the end of this workshops participants will:

  • Be equipped to identify some challenges that our little people may be experiencing
  • Understand possible conditions that may contribute to behaviour challenges
  • Discuss strategies to help Early Learning professionals in managing and understanding those behaviours

The workshop will be participation based where the learners' voices will be welcomed and encouraged throughout.

Booking Criteria:

  • Registrations are open to services based within the county of Offaly only. (If this criteria does not apply to you and you register a place please note your booking will be cancelled)
  • Maximum booking of 2 people per service
  • Booking is on a first come, first served basis
  • Places are limited
  • DCEDIY Number and name of service must be given at time of registration
 Click here to register on Eventbrite

 School Age Childcare - National Quality Guidelines - Information Session

Date & Time:

Thurs 20th October 2022

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost:  Free

Location: Online Platform (Zoom/Webex/Teams)

Communities of practice SAC quality guidelines

About this event
The School Age Childcare National Quality Guidelines are intended to complement the regulations for school-age childcare services. The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist and guide school-age childcare service providers and staff to reach beyond and aspire to achieving more than the minimum standards set out in regulations.

These Guidelines focus specifically on centre-based school age childcare and do not address school-age childcare in home-based settings (childminding).

This information session is suitable for practitioners working in any centre-based service for school going children aged 4-14 years (inclusive).

Booking Criteria:

  • This workshop has been prepared specifically for SAC providers. Registrations are open to services based within the county of Offaly only. (If this criteria does not apply to you and you register a place please note your booking will be cancelled)
  • Maximum booking of 3 people per service
  • Booking is on a first come, first served basis
  • Places are limited
  • DCEDIY Number and name of service must be given at time of registration
 Click here to register on Eventbrite

 Trauma Informed Behaviour Support

 

Date & Time:

Wed 26th October 2022

7:00pm -9:00pm

Cost:  FREE

Location: Online Platform (Zoom/Webex/Teams)

Trauma Informed Behaviour Support

 

About this event
The Aims and Objectives for Trauma & Behaviour:

By the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Be equipped to identify trauma and the types of trauma a child may experience
  • Understand what is meant by ACEs and how they affect the body and brain
  • Discuss the impact of trauma on child development and the developing brain
  • Identify common associated disorders/illnesses related to trauma, and the behaviour challenges in children and young people who have experienced trauma
  • Understand the term comorbid and how other factors influence behaviour

Booking Criteria:

  • Registrations are open to services based within the county of Offaly only. (If this criteria does not apply to you and you register a place please note your booking will be cancelled)Maximum booking of 2 people per service
  • Booking is on a first come, first served basis
  • Places are limited
  • DCEDIY Number and name of service must be given at time of registration
Click here to register on Eventbrite 

Minister O’Gorman secures €1bn investment in early learning and childcare

  •  Minister O’Gorman today unveiled a substantial budget package of €403 million which brings State investment in early learning and childcare to more than €1 billionbudget 2023
  • This exceeds the First 5 target of €1 billion investment in early learning and childcare five years earlier than expected
  • Parents using full time early learning and childcare services will see an average reduction of 25% in their out of pocket costs under Budget 2023 measures

Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth today announced a landmark €1.025 billion in funding under Budget 2023 for early learning and care and school aged childcare. As part of Budget 2023, parents using a full time service will see their early learning and childcare costs reduce by 25% on average as National Childcare Scheme funding gets a major boost.

This represents a €346m increase on last year’s funding and means the First 5 investment target of €1 billion by 2028 has been exceeded - five years ahead of time.

Making childcare more affordable
Budget 2023 introduces major reforms to the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) from January 2023, which will substantially improve the affordability of early learning and care and school aged childcare for families.

Additional funding of €121m has been allocated to reduce average parental co-payments for early learning and care and school aged childcare by 25%.

From January 2023, all families accessing registered early learning and care and school aged childcare will receive a minimum hourly universal NCS subsidy of €1.40 off the cost of early learning and care and school aged childcare. With the current minimum hourly NCS universal subsidy set at €0.50 per hour, this represents an additional €0.90 per hour off the cost of early learning and care and school aged childcare.

For parents on the minimum subsidy this will mean up to €3,276.00 off their annual bill per child. With up to €1,170.00 currently available per annum, this represents up to an additional €2,106.00 off the annual cost of early learning and care and school aged childcare per child. Parents on the maximum subsidies, based on an income assessment and the age of the child, can already receive up to €11,934 off their annual fee.

With a fee freeze on 2021 rates place in more than 90% of Partner services who signed up to the new Core Funding Scheme – there is confidence that these NCS increases won’t be absorbed into fee increases and will deliver real reductions for parents using these services.

Minister O’ Gorman said:

“Easing the cost of living in 2023 and, in particular, addressing the high cost of childcare for families has been my priority in Budget 2023.

Changes to the NCS, from January 2023, will reduce out of pocket costs by 25% on average.

Families can be assured they will see these reductions in costs, with 90% of services having frozen their fees through the new Core Funding scheme”.

Increased support for the Early Learning & Childcare sector
Under Budget 2023 measures, the early learning & childcare sector will be supported through continued and increased investment in the new Core Funding scheme. Core Funding improves affordability for parents by instituting a fee freeze in participating Partner Services; access for parents by expanding the capacity being offered by the sector, particularly for younger children; quality including through improved pay, conditions and career structure underpinned by Employment Regulation Orders; and stability and sustainability for providers

The Core Funding scheme is in operation since 15 September 2022 and already has achieved very significant success in terms of the high levels of participation, resulting in the fee freeze applying to the overwhelming majority of parents. It also supported the agreement of Employment Regulation Orders leading to wage increases for the large majority of staff. There is also evidence of increased capacity.

Analysis shows the increased capacity is the type of capacity that is in highest demand relative to supply (i.e. more baby and toddler places as well as school-age places).

The geographical breakdown across the country also indicates expansion in urban and commuter areas where there has been significant pressure on places. Kildare, Wicklow, Meath as well as the four Dublin local authority areas, Galway, Cork City, Waterford and Limerick are all showing increases in capacity above national average figures.

To meet the cost of this expanded capacity and an increase in the numbers of graduates, the original allocation for Core Funding has been increased by €59m. This also allows €7m for a number of developments in year two of the Scheme (equivalent to €28m in full year costs). Year 2 will see the removal of the 3-year experience rule for graduate premiums, and other developments to the Scheme, to be informed by the emerging data from Year 1 of operation.

Speaking about the additional investment for Core Funding, Minister O’Gorman said:

The response from providers to become Partner Services in delivering Core Funding has been hugely encouraging and positive. With the scheme in operation less than two weeks, already there is substantial evidence of success in progressing the objectives of improved affordability and quality of early learning and care and school aged childcare, as well as expanding capacity.”

“Funding committed to in Budget 2023 will meet the cost of this expanded capacity and provide for further developments to Core Funding in Year 2 of the Scheme”.

Speaking about the overall Budget 2023 package for early learning and childcare, Minister O’Gorman said:

“In 2018, a commitment was made to at least double State investment in early learning and care and school aged childcare. This commitment - made in First 5, the 10-year whole of government strategy for babies, young children and their families and endorsed in the Programme for Government – translated to an investment target of approximately €1 billion by 2028.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that we have exceeded this target – five years ahead of schedule, which is a clear demonstration of the value this Government places on early learning and care and school aged childcare, given the benefits it confers to children and their families, society and the economy.”

Early Years funding breakdown
Budget 2023 provides:

  • €266m to support continued implementation of the Core Funding scheme for the first full programme year, September 2022 to August 2023, and into the next programme year from September 2023, with additional funding of €59m being made available to cover the costs of increased levels of capacity and numbers of graduates in year one and for a number of enhancements in year two of the Scheme.
  • €357.6m for continued implementation of the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), offering supports to a greatly expanded cohort of children and families at significantly higher subsidy levels– with additional funding of €121m ensuring the hourly universal subsidy under the NCS can increase from 0.50c per hour to €1.40 per hour from January 2023.

Funding in 2023 also provides:

  • €308.2m for the continuation of the ECCE programme that will benefit more than 108,000 children in 2023 and the continuation of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) to ensure more than 5,000 children with a disability can access and meaningfully participate in the ECCE Programme.
  • €84.5m to support the delivery of a range of regulatory and quality supports for the implementation of the National Action Plan for Childminding, Nurturing Skills, the Workforce Plan, and the ongoing development of the registration and inspection system as well as policy development commitments set out in First 5 and the Programme for Government.

To read the Press Release in full click here

Early Years eBulletin

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Fourth Early Years e-bulletin of the year.
The Early Years eBulletin includes updates from DCEDIY, Pobal, the Department of Education, & Tusla.
Welcome to the September edition of the Early Years sectoral e-Bulletin.
We hope you enjoy this month's updates from across the Early Years sector, and find the information useful.
Download here

PARENTS - Research on the childcare needs of parents who work atypical hours or live in rural communities

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Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)

 

🔴Research on the childcare needs of parents who work atypical hours or live in rural communities

🔴Are you a parent who works atypical hours (e.g. part-time work, shift work, nights, weekends) or a parent who lives in a rural community?

If so, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) would like to hear from you about your childcare needs.

We are holding a number of online focus groups to consult with parents about this topic.

If you are interested in taking part please sign up via Eventbrite at the links below:

• Focus Group 1 – 10th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-1-october-10th-2022-tickets-424975562347

• Focus Group 2 – 11th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-2-october-11th-2022-tickets-425028972097

• Focus Group 3 – 14th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-3-october-14th-2022-tickets-425034699227

• Focus Group 4 – 18th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-4-october-18th-2022-tickets-425037417357

• Focus Group 5 – 19th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-5-october-19th-2022-tickets-425043294937

• Focus Group 6 – 20th October 2020 @ 8pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dcediy-consultation-with-parents-focus-group-6-october-20th-2022-tickets-425163354037

Early Years Educators - we want your views

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Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, Youth

Early Years Educators - we want your views!

Phase 2 of the public consultation on the review of ELC Regulations in relation to Tusla powers is underway.

We are seeking EY Educators to take part in an online focus group on 6th October @ 19:30.

DCEDIY Phase 2 Tusla ELC Regulations

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Minister O’Gorman launches ‘Together for Better’ new funding model for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare as Core Funding contracts begin for 4,000 services

Minister O’Gorman launches ‘Together for Better’ new funding model for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare as Core Funding contracts begin for 4,000 services DCEDIY logo

From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth 

Published on 15 September 2022

Last updated on 14 September 2022

  • Together for Better is the new funding model for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) launched by Minister O’Gorman today
  • The new funding model includes the new €221 million Core Funding scheme, in addition to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme and the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
  • Nine out of ten ELC and SAC providers – almost 4,000 services – have now signed contracts for Core Funding, committing to working in partnership with the State for the public good, and to a fee freeze on parental fees.
  • Together for Better provides the platform for investment in the sector to reach expenditure of at least €1 billion by 2028 to improve quality, affordability, accessibility and sustainability

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has today (15 September 2022) launched the new funding model for ELC and SAC, Together for Better.

Together for Better brings together three major elements, the Early Childhood Care and Education programme, including the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), the National Childcare Scheme and Core Funding, and is launched as Core Funding comes into operation, with 90% of eligible services signing up.

Speaking today, Minister O’Gorman said,

“I am delighted today to launch Together for Better, the new funding model to bring transformative change to this vital sector. Together for Better supports improved affordability for parents; better pay and conditions for staff; improved availability for families through increased capacity; and greater financial stability for service providers.

“Together for Better provides a sound framework for future investment through the introduction of the new Core Funding scheme, along with continued investment in the Early Childhood Care and Education programme, AIM and the National Childcare Scheme.

“Core Funding, which begins today, is a step change in public management for the sector. I am delighted that 90% of services have chosen to come into partnership with the State by signing up. This substantial additional public money will promote the interests of children, their families and workers while ensuring continued sustainability for providers, and supporting expanded capacity.”

Core Funding was first announced in Budget 2022 with a full year allocation of €221 million. Core Funding guarantees that fees to parents in Core Funding Partner Services will not increase above those which were charged last year. This gives significant certainty to parents, and ensures that parents can enjoy the full benefit of future investments in the National Childcare Scheme, including the extension of the universal subsidy to children of all ages which came into effect in August, without the risk of increased State subsidies being absorbed by increased parental fees.

The scheme begins today, in alignment with the commencement of Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) for the sector. The EROs will mean improved pay for over 70% of workers in the sector, with specific recognition for different roles and qualifications, establishing a wage structure for staff. This historic achievement has been enabled by the investment in Core Funding.

There is also significant evidence of expansion of capacity within the sector. Record numbers of services have requested a Change in Circumstance on the Tusla register, primarily to increase the operating hours or number of child places being offered. Up to mid-August, there has been a 31% increase in Change in Circumstance applications from Early Learning and Care services and 261% increase in increase in change in circumstances for School-Age Childcare services compared to 2021.

Minister O’Gorman said,

“Together for Better is officially being launched today and already all the indications are that it is achieving significant and welcome change in the sector in relation to affordability, quality and accessibility. This is the first step towards significant further developments in the sector which will be introduced in the coming years.”

 

What is Together for Better?

Together for Better is the new funding model for the ELC and SAC sector. From today in consists of three major elements, the Early Childhood Care and Education programme, the National Childcare Scheme and Core Funding.

It implements a series of recommendations in the Expert Group report Partnership for the Public Good. The Expert Group report was submitted to Government in December. Having examined the funding model for the sector in detail along with national and international evidence, and engaged in extensive consultation and engagement, the Expert Group made recommendations for a new approach to funding which today are being launched as Together for Better.

What is Core Funding?

Core Funding is a new strand of funding to early learning and childcare services which will form part of the new funding model as recommended by an Expert Group and approved by Government in December 2021.

Core Funding is a payment to providers designed to meet the combined objectives of:

  • Improved affordability for parents by ensuring that fees do not increase;
  • Improved quality through, among other things, better pay and conditions for the workforce;
  • Supporting the introduction of an Employment Regulation Order through the Joint Labour Committee;
  • Supporting the employment of graduate staff; and
  • Improved sustainability and stability for services.

This is a new and different way of providing funding to the sector and is intended to support the development of a partnership relationship between providers and the State that reflects the public good dimension of ELC and SAC.

€221 million per year is available for Core Funding.

What does Core Funding mean for providers’ income?

Core Funding will contribute to services’ sustainability and will significantly increase income for the overwhelming majority of services and provide greater funding stability.

Core Funding will be allocated based largely on capacity. Core Funding will give providers a stable income source based on the nature of the service they deliver. A provider’s income will now consist of Core Funding, NCS and ECCE subsidies, and parental fees. Structuring Core Funding primarily based on capacity means that services will have an allocation each year that will not fluctuate in line with children’s attendance.

The vast majority of services will see an increase in funding, and a very small proportion of services will see no change. No service will see a decrease in funding. For any service that does experience financial difficulties, a Sustainability Fund will be in place. This new strand of the Sustainability Fund, linked to Core Funding, will be designed to provide an extra safety net for providers. This will be open to both private and community providers.

What does Core Funding mean for ECCE services?

Core Funding is equivalent to an increase of at least 9.5% in funding for ECCE services not led by a Graduate Lead Educator. At a minimum, for every ECCE child €78.75 per week is now available (compared to €71.90 previously from ECCE standard capitation and PSP combined).

Because Core Funding is paid in respect of places rather than children, effectively this could mean a greater ‘per child’ marginal increase if the service has unfilled capacity. With average ECCE occupancy of 9 children per staff member, Core Funding is equivalent to weekly per child capitation of €80.92.

With Core Funding, the overwhelming majority of ECCE services with Graduate Lead Educators will also benefit and no service will lose out.

What are the conditions attached to Core Funding?

The full detail of the conditions are set out in the published Funding Agreement.

Some of the key conditions include:

  • Participating in the Annual Early Years Sector Profile (AEYSP).
  • Operating a fee management system, which requires no increase to fees in 2022/23 above September 2021 rates.
  • Implementing practice frameworks
  • Developing, implementing and reporting on a quality action plan.
  • Providing transparent and validated financial reports.
  • Issuing a Parent Statement to all parents using the service outlining what they can expect.
  • Offering the NCS and the ECCE programme to all eligible children.

What are the conditions around fees and what do they mean for parents?

As a condition of receiving Core Funding, a Partner Service agrees not to increase the fee for any Service Type which was extant on September 30th 2021 or introduce an extra charge for any component of that Service Type.

An increased charge of any kind for an existing and unchanged Service Type will be in breach of Core Funding rules.

This also includes circumstances by which a change of fee policy would result in an increase charges to parents, for example, a service that offered a multiple child deduction cannot remove it.

Anything that had been “folded into” the 30 September 2021 fee cannot now be charged for individually; for example if meals were included in the fee, they cannot now be charged separately. The charges for items and services which were offered for free or at discounted rates on 30 September 2021 cannot be increased beyond these levels.

A Partner Service that has any Service Types that have not changed since 30 September 2021 may reduce a charge for any of those Service Types. They may also increase provision without increasing charges, or introduce a change in fee policies if that change would reduce the charge to parents/guardians, e.g. introduction of a multiple child discount.

This will ensure that any developments to the National Childcare will be fully felt by parents in affordability.

Key milestones and timeline on the path towards the new funding model to date include:

  • August 2020-July 2021: A number of phases of stakeholder engagement on the new funding model involving webinars, public submissions, online consultation events with parents, providers and the workforce, and a national survey of households and a series of facilitated events with representative organisations.
  • October 2021: Budget 2022 €207 million investment secured for new Core Funding stream to be introduced in September 2022
  • December 2021: Partnership for the Public Good: A New Funding Model for ELC and SAC approved by Government for implementation and published
  • December 2021: Establishment of a Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for Early Years Services with employer representatives from Childhood Services Ireland (CSI) and Federation of Early Childhood Providers (FECP), and worker representatives from SIPTU.
  • March 2022: Reallocation of additional €14 million to Core Funding to bring total annual investment up to €221 million.
  • March 2022: Ready Reckoner launched to give an indication of the potential value of Core Funding per service based on the information provided.
  • May 2022: Early Years Sector Profile data collection, a prerequisite to contracting for Core Funding, with 90% participation rate to date.
  • May-August 2022: Transition Fund in place securing no fee increases from September 2021 rates with 95% uptake from eligible services.
  • June 2022: Publication of Core Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement to set out the detail of how Core Funding will operate in its first year, the commitment from the Minister to funding and the associated requirements of Partner Services.
  • July 2022: Opening of Core Funding Application Process comprising a Service Profile and Application Module.
  • August 2022: Publication of Interim Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement to make provision for the funding of the sector in the event that Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) are not in place on 1 September 2022.
  • August 2022: Opening of Core Funding Partner Service contracting period allowing for acceptance of the Core Funding and Interim Funding Agreements.
  • September 2022: Announcement of the coming into effect of EROs from 15 September and introduction of new Core Funding scheme on that date.

AIM Level 1 – Application for Increased Capitation for services with new graduates of LINC is now open

Dear Service Provider,Better start AIM level 1 12 09 2022

The AIM Level 1 application process for the increased Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) capitation has now opened on Hive for services with new graduates of the Leadership for INClusion (LINC) programme.

A ‘new graduate’ refers to any participant graduating in October 2022. AIM Level 1 is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the LINC Co-ordinator during the 2022/2023 pre-school year. Applications for AIM Level 1 are completed each year on Hive, and applications for existing graduates (those who graduated in previous years) opened on 4 August 2022.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Applications received by 5pm on Friday 28 October 2022 will be awarded the additional capitation from the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s employment start date relevant to the 2022/23 programme year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years HIVE. Applicant guidelines can be found here.

Should you have any queries in relation to the AIM Level 1 application process please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE using the following categories:

Programme: AIM Level 1

Request type: Application

Request type detail: How To

Regards,

The Early Years Team

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