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FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services (12 January)

FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services (12 January)FAQ v2 12 01 2021.pub

Please find attached updated FAQs for early learning and care and school-age childcare services over 11-31 January 2021.

Download here: FAQ Providers V2 - 12 Jan 2021

Please note that new information and clarifications are highlighted in grey.Further resources and guidance during COVID-19 is available on the First5 website at https://first5.gov.ie/guidance

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/367e6-faqs-for-providers-of-early-learning-and-care-and-school-age-childcare-services-12-january/

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IMPORTANT: CHANGES TO ALL DCEDIY FUNDED PROGRAMMES DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS UNTIL 1 FEBRUARY 2021

IMPORTANT: CHANGES TO ALL DCEDIY FUNDED PROGRAMMES DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS PobalLogo
UNTIL 1 FEBRUARY 2021

The information below details the changes under Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Funded Childcare Programmes following the announcement by Minister O’Gorman, as of Wednesday, 6 January 2021 in regards to further Level 5 restrictions and the Provider FAQ issued by the DCEDIY today. Early Learning and Care providers are advised to read the below information carefully to understand the implications for their individual service.

Sessional services offering ECCE only

· ECCE only services to close fully – payments will continue until Friday, 29 January 2021.

· ECCE calendar – no adjustment required.

‘ECCE only services’ include services which provide ECCE with no more than 30 minutes of additional of childcare paid for by parents.

Full or part-time services offering ECCE/NCS/AIM/Legacy (CCSP/TEC) Programmes

Services that remain open for essential workers and vulnerable children – current levels of funding will continue until 29 January 2021.

NCS

· Weekly attendance returns to be submitted as normal based on child attendance. In cases where a child cannot attend (due to current restrictions), weekly attendance records should be based on the week ending Sunday, 20 December 2020.

· Children in attendance should be recorded accordingly on the weekly attendance return on the Hive.

· Non-term weeks/hours (children receiving NCS and ECCE/school going children) can be used, where eligible, for children of essential workers and vulnerable children. For further information on adding non-term hours please see Adding Non Term Hours Quick Guide .

· Please continue to maintain correct child attendance records for your service in line with Tusla Regulations and compliance.

· Note changes cannot be made to NCS calendars retrospectively.

· Any amendments to calendars will affect your budget.

Legacy (CCSP/TEC)

· Services that are closed or close over the coming weeks and do not have an approved Force Majeure application must adjust their calendar to reflect the closed period.

· Any amendments to calendars will affect your budget.

· The Saver Management Window will remain open for any changes to existing registrations.

· Please continue to maintain correct child attendance records for your service in line with Tusla Regulations and compliance.

ECCE (full or part-time services)

· In the case where a full or part-time service remains closed, no adjustments are required to be made to the ECCE calendar and Pobal will make the budget adjustment.

· Please continue to maintain correct child attendance records for your service in line with Tusla Regulations and compliance.

AIM

· AIM Level 7 - 5% of the approved contract value will be paid on 8 January 2021 representing payment up to 29 January 2021.

· The AIM Level 7 application process will remain open. Applications which are currently in progress or new applications will continue to be appraised; however, application outcomes cannot be finalized until the ECCE programme has recommenced.

Force Majeure

Any service wishing to close must have an approved Force Majeure application form. Please submit this to Pobal by attaching it to a Service Request on Hive and entering ‘Force Majeure’ in the summary heading and selecting category ‘programme request’ from the drop down menu.

· Only services that have received formal instruction to close and have an approved Force Majeure application in place can remain closed for the period of the Force Majeure.

· Non-ECCE only services remaining closed without an approved Force Majeure application must amend their calendars to reflect the closed period, changes are only required from 11 January 2021. Any changes to calendars will affect your budgets.

· In instances where Pobal are made aware of services that have remained closed without approved Force Majeure application, contracts will be placed on hold until calendars are amended to reflect the closed period.

We understand that this is a hugely challenging time for all Early Learning and Care services. Providers can continue to contact the Early Years Provider Centre for queries relating to programme funding. However, we ask that you contact your CCC in the first instance regarding COVID-19 and service closures.

Many thanks

Early Years​

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FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services (08 January)

FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age ChildcareDCEDIY logo
Services (08 January)

 

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have this evening published the FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Service.

Click on the link here to access the documnet:   FAQs for Providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services (08 January)

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Resumption of the pre-school programme postponed and childcare services to remain open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children only, until 01 February

Resumption of the pre-school programme postponed and childcare services to remain open for theDCEDIY logo
children of essential workers and vulnerable children only, until 01 February

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

Published on 6 January 2021

Following Cabinet approval this afternoon (06 January) of the introduction of additional measures under full level 5 restrictions, the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D. has confirmed the following:

  • Resumption of the ECCE pre-school programme has been postponed until 1 February.
  • Other childcare services will remain open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children only.
  • Childminders can also continue to provide care to the children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
  • A household of an essential worker, without an existing childcare arrangement, can form a bubble with another household for the purpose of providing childcare.

Government funding, including the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) as well Early Learning and Childcare schemes, continues to be available to these services in order to allow them to deliver care for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

In light of the extensive financial supports that are available to the sector, Minister O’Gorman is asking that providers pause payment of fees or return fees paid in advance for parents who are not essential workers and therefore cannot access services between 11 – 31 January.

Speaking this afternoon, Minister O’Gorman said:

“Today’s decision has been taken after careful consideration to help to reduce movements in the community and tackle the spread of Covid."

“NPHET’s advice is that childcare services are safe for both children and staff. However, to beat this virus we need to reduce movement, and that is why Cabinet has decided that childcare will be open only to essential workers and vulnerable children."

“The Government is continuing to put significant funding into the childcare sector, in particular through the EWSS. In light of this level of State support, I am asking that services refund or credit fees for those parents who cannot access services.”

“I would like to pay tribute to childcare providers, childcare professionals, parents, staff and children. This is a difficult and uncertain time, and the sacrifices they are making are truly appreciated.”

Minister O’Gorman met with the Early Learning and Childcare COVID-19 Advisory Group earlier this afternoon to brief sectoral representatives on this matter. His Department will be issuing guidance to the sector and to parents tomorrow.

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Your guide to the new changes

Your Guide to the new changesDCEDIY logo


 

Early Childhood Care and Education Programme:

The resumption of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme is delayed until 1st February 2021


Childcare:

Childcare services, including regulated childminders, will remain closed with the exception of services for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.

Other existing childcare arrangements can continue to operate for vulnerable children and children of essential workers only.

In addition, a household of an essential worker, without an existing childcare arrangement, can form a bubble with another household for the purpose of providing childcare.

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