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AIM Level 1 2022 - Reminder It is still possible for services with new and existing Graduates of LINC to apply

Dear Service Provider AIM Logo

If you have not already done so, it is still possible to apply for AIM Level 1 to receive capitation for your service if you have a new and existing Graduate of LINC. However, it is important to be aware that any application received after 28th October date will not be backdated to the start date for the programme year.  

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

A number of announcements were issued around AIM Level 1 since the start of the 2022 programme opening. These informed services that any AIM Level 1 application received by 5pm on Friday 28 October 2022 would be awarded the full capitation, which was backdated to the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s start relevant to the 2022 programme start date.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE as follows: 

Request Programme: AIM Level 1. 
Request Type: Application. 
Request Type Detail: How To. 

Regards,  

The Early Years Team 

The Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for December 2022 are available for completion on Pobal Online

Dear Service Provider, pobal logo

The Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for December 2022 are available for completion on Pobal Online.

As advised previously the DCEDIY would like to emphasise the importance for all community services to continue to complete and submit FIRs to Pobal. These returns provide essential information that allows DCEDIY and Pobal to identify and help services to resolve problems. They also act as an informative tool for services in the effective planning of their financial future.

The deadline for submission for December 2022 FIRs has expired. The deadline has been extended and if you have not submitted your return please do so by 5pm on Friday the 10th of February

If you require any assistance in completing the return please complete a service request on the HIVE, selecting the FIRs as the category and sub-category of the request.

Regards,

The Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman announces 25 projects to be funded under the 2023 Supporting Parents, Parent Peer Support Funding Call

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

Published on 20 January 2023

Last updated on 20 January 2023

• €50,000 will be made available to 25 projects.

• Pilot grants of €2,000 will be allocated to successful organisations to assist with a range of projects including; supporting parents of children with additional needs, parents from migrant backgrounds, parents of LGBTI+ young people, and parenting when separated.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today announced the 25 projects to receive funding under the 2023 Supporting Parents, Parent Peer Support Fund. Through this Fund, a total of €50,000 will be made available to support organisations across Ireland to develop inclusive and welcoming parent peer support initiatives for all parents.

Supporting Parents: A National Model of Parenting Support Services seeks to ensure that all parents are confident and capable in their parenting role, helping to achieve the best outcomes for children and families. This peer support fund is a step towards parents feeling confident and comfortable seeking support from their peers.

Research in Ireland has demonstrated that peer support is highly valued by parents, both for common ages and stages and for specific parenting challenges. Informal support networks are an important protective factor that can enhance parental wellbeing and act as a valuable source of information about other parenting support services. Parent peer support groups can promote healthy parenting skills, an increased sense of empowerment, and a feeling of belonging. Parenting support groups can also be particularly helpful for parents of those who are coping with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues and for parents of children with complex care needs.

Welcoming the latest announcement, Minister O’Gorman said:

Roderic OGormanEvery parent deserves to feel supported in their role as a parent. This initiative will allow these organisations to continue their important work, fostering these peer connections and support systems across Ireland.

This funding will provide practical support to services focused on providing high quality supports for parents. The variety of initiatives is a credit to the support services who are listening to and responding to the needs of parents in their local areas.

Record numbers of families now benefitting from subsidised early learning and childcare

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

Published on 19 January 2023

Last updated on 19 January 2023

  • over 105,000 children now benefitting from supports under the National Childcare Scheme
  • the number of children now benefitting from supports under the National Childcare Scheme has increased by 95% since the same period in 2022
  • families welcome positive impact of recent changes to the National Childcare Scheme on their engagement in work or study and on family finances

Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, today announced that more than 105,000 children are now benefitting from the National Childcare Scheme a 95% increase on the same period in 2022.

Since 2 January, the minimum hourly subsidy under the National Childcare Scheme all children under 15 is €1.40 – an increase of €0.90 per hour from last year.

For families using Tusla-registered early learning and childcare, this subsidy increase represents further cost reductions of up to €2,106 (or a reduction of up to €3,326 in total) off the annual cost of early learning and childcare for each child.

These changes to the National Childcare Scheme - backed by €121 million secured in Budget 2023 by Minister O’Gorman, bringing total funding for the Scheme to €358 million in 2023 – has given rise to an unprecedented growth in parental demand for support under the Scheme.

Parents with children attending Oasis Childcare Centre in Freshford, County Kilkenny and Waterville’s Little Stars in Dublin 15 talked about the impact of recent changes to the National Childcare Scheme on their engagement in work or study and on family finances, with children talking about what they liked most about attending these services.

Katie, whose child attends Oasis Childcare Centre in Freshford, County Kilkenny, says 'without the National Childcare Scheme, I would not have been able to go to work as the cost of childcare would cancel out my wages.....I would highly recommend national Childcare Scheme to all parents.'

Cristina, whose son who attends Waterville’s Little Stars in Dublin 15 said 'Many parents, especially mothers, think that they have to choose between their careers and motherhood, since childcare costs are so high. Going back to work might look like a financially questionable decision. The National Childcare Scheme it affordable.' The increase in the subsidy rate 'means more money that could go towards food, clothing and other household needs.'

Rob, whose daughter attends Waterville’s Little Stars, noted 'the subsidy has helped a lot financially, with the rising general cost for everything: the reduction has been a big relief.'

Children attending Oasis Childcare Centre in Freshford, County Kilkenny spoke about the favourite things they do there, including 'playing with dinosaurs', 'playing on the swing' and 'listening to stories'. When asked 'what do you learn every day?' they included 'songs and colours of the rainbow', 'putting on my coat, tidying up, washing my hands', 'numbers', 'baking' and 'hurling.'

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister O' Gorman said:

Roderic OGorman“This government is delivering on its promise to make high-quality early learning and childcare more affordable for families and accessible to all children.

"I welcome the news that there are now more than 105,000 children, and their families, benefitting from the National Childcare Scheme.

"We have seen huge demand for the National Childcare Scheme since the increase in subsidies was announced as part of Budget 2023, as part of the government’s €1 billion investment in early learning and childcare for 2023.

"I encourage all eligible families to avail of the supports on offer through the National Childcare Scheme, by visiting www.ncs.gov.ie, calling the Parent Support Centre on 01 906 8530 or talking to their early learning and childcare provider."

The National Childcare Scheme supports many families who would otherwise struggle to meet the cost of early learning and childcare. Increasing female labour force participation has been identified by the ESRI as a crucial step in meeting targets to reduce child poverty, and potentially the policy intervention with the largest impact on groups at risk of poverty.

Child Safeguarding ELC Info Blast

Child Safeguarding Info BlastAll Info Blasts available on the National Child Safeguarding Programme website provide information on safeguarding children in ELC/SAC services, including childminders.
 
Information Available:
  • Child Safeguarding Resource Document
    • Safeguarding Statement
    • Policy and Procedures
  • Child Safeguarding Statement Template Information Sheet
  • Child Safeguarding Statement Template
  • ELC/SAC Child Safeguarding Concerns Form
  • DLP Poster
  • Information Leaflet for Parents/Carers on Children First in ELC Services
  • Tusla Resources

HSE MEMOS - Flu Vaccine Walk-in Clinics for Children Aged 2-17 & Significant levels of Flu, Covid-19 and RSV

HSE MEMO: NEW Flu Vaccine Walk-in Clinics for Children Aged 2-17 this week

  • All children aged 2-17 can get the free flu vaccine  HSE logo
  • Additional Flu Vaccination Clinics
  • Flu can be serious in children

Download Memo HERE

 

HSE MEMO: Significant levels of Flu, Covid-19 and RSV currently circulating

  • Significant increase in viral infections
  • Important messages for families and children regarding any infections:
    • 1) The most important measure is to stay home if you are unwell
    • 2) Infection, prevention and control measures
    • 3) Vaccination
    • 4. If you are concerned about your child

Download Memo HERE

Update re Parental Agreement and Co-Payment tool

Dear Service Providers, NCS

Now that the subsidy uplift has taken place, providers will be aware of the need to update their Parental Agreements. These need to be completed by 2 March.

Please note the calculations produced in the Co-Payment tool and/or the semi-automated Parental Agreement are based on the basis of registration information entered by the Service Provider for the child. It does not take into account any NCS closure periods. Providers should review the calculations produced to ensure they apply to their service’s particular circumstances. If providers have additional unfunded days you may need to adjust the calculations/contract accordingly.

We are currently working to add unfunded NCS closure date functionality and to make the Parental Agreement editable by providers.

If providers need any support in preparing Parental Agreements, please contact the provider support team at Pobal.

Regards,

The Early Years Team

Core Funding – Review and Confirm Reminder

Dear Service Provider, Core Funding Hive 2

This is a reminder the Review and Confirm window is open until Wednesday 18th January inclusive. It is important to complete the Review and Confirm process within the required timeframe, Core Funding payments will be placed on hold until such a time as the process is completed.

Core Funding applications/application changes must be at an Approved status prior to completing the Review and Confirm form.

If your previous application/application change is at “Approved” and you have an application change at a “Draft” status you must abandon the draft application prior to completing the Review and Confirm form.

If an application is at “Referred back” Service Providers are required to submit an application change to rectify the refer back reason outlined. Once the application change is approved, you must then proceed to complete the Review & Confirm form.

To support services in completing a Review & Confirm form, a detailed guidance document and tailored training videos are available here.

Hive maintenance - portal down for up to 7 hours

Dear Service Provider,EYH Maintenance

The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable today (11th January) at 5pm for up to 7 hours due to maintenance.

After this time, you will need to refresh your web browser to access the portal again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you,
The Early Years Team

Core Funding updates - Review and Confirm

Dear Service Provider,Core Funding Hive

Review & Confirm:

Under the Core Funding Programme, service providers are required to Review and Confirm their Core Funding Application information throughout the programme year.

The first Review and Confirm window will open on Thursday 12th January until Wednesday 18th January inclusive. It is important the Review and Confirm process is completed within the required timeframe, as Core Funding payments will be placed on hold until such a time as the process is completed.

To complete the Review and Confirm process, your Core Funding Application Module must be at status Approved. If your application is at “Referred back”, you must address the reason for refer back and then complete the review and confirm process.

To support services in completing a Review & Confirm form, a detailed guidance document and tailored training videos are available in the Resources section of the Early Years Hive.

Core Funding allocations and payments:

The functionality to adjust funding allocations based on approved application changes will also be available from Thursday 12th January. Funding allocations on Hive will automatically adjust to reflect the most recent approved Core Funding Application Module.

Net Increases in funding allocations will be paid from 20/01/2023 with decreases being reflected from 27/01/2023.

Core Funding allocations can be viewed on the Early Years Hive under Programme Funding.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and continued success for 2023.

Best wishes,
The Early Years Team

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