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Offaly County Childcare Committee is located at St Joseph's Community Centre in Kilcormac, Co Offaly.

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Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes

Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes PobalLogo

Pobal would like to remind services that:

(a) The PIP Portal provides a detailed view of contract values and detailed information on payments processed under the current DCYA Funded Programmes.
(b) The Remittance Advice emailed for each payment gives details of the payment.

(a) PIP Portal

Financial information such as budgets and payments related to active programmes can be found under the ‘Funding’ section of your PIP portal. This financial information can be exported to excel to review. Payments can also be seen under relevant contracts in the ‘All Payments’ and a new ‘Contract and Payment Statement’ section.

(b) Remittance Advice

In addition, the Remittance Advice emailed to service providers for each payment includes the amount remitted, the date, and the programme reference which indicates the programme to which the payment relates.

Service Providers should view the ‘Understanding Payments for the DCYA Funded Programmes’ infographic and the additional online supports available (links below).

Useful links:
How to video – Enhanced Payment Reporting
PIP Payments infographic
PIP User Guide

Upcoming Triple P workshops

Upcoming Triple P workshops for parents of children aged 2-10 years and 11-15 years, contact Helen on 090 6447111

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Triple P Feb 2020 Triple P Teen Feb 2020 Fearless Feb 2020


​Information for schools and pre-school settings and parents of students/children on novel coronavirus nCoV-2019 HSE logo

There is an ongoing outbreak of a novel Coronavirus that has originated in Hubei Province and its Capital City, Wuhan, which has spread to several Chinese provinces and other countries. Infections have been reported in neighbouring Asian nations, but also further afield as you are aware.

The HSE HPSC is monitoring the situation and updating its website daily at 1pm.


Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses. Some of these illnesses are very mild, like the common cold, while others are more severe, like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

A “novel coronavirus” means a new strain of coronavirus that has never been seen in humans before. The coronavirus recently identified in China is one of these. This new coronavirus is being named “2019–nCoV”.

Symptoms of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of this 2019-nCoV to appear. These symptoms include:
• Fever (temperature of 38˚C or higher)
• Cough
• Breathing difficulties
• Shortness of breath
• Sore throat

Treatment of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

There is no specific treatment for 2019-nCoV at present. But the symptoms of the virus can be treated.

Advice for student/children returning to Ireland

If the person has not come from Wuhan, Hubei province, or has not been in contact with a person with novel coronavirus, or has not attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated, then no specific measures are needed.

No symptoms

For a person with no symptoms, there is no need for quarantine (keeping a well person separate from others) for up to 2 weeks after coming to Ireland. There are no restrictions regarding school, pre-school, work or other activities.

If within the last 14 days, your student/child has come to Ireland from Wuhan OR has been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus OR has attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated, you (parent or guardian) are asked to make contact with your local Department of Public Health by phone for further advice.

Has symptoms

If any symptoms develop suggestive of acute respiratory illness, during or up to 14 days after travel from Wuhan, Hubei province you should:
• Keep your student/child at home and do not go to school or pre-school.
• Seek medical attention and share your student/child’s travel history with your health care provider. Phone the doctor in advance rather than attending in person.

Phone your GP, rather than turning up in person. Make sure that, when you phone, you mention your student/child’s recent travel.

How to protect yourself from novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
2. If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
3. Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
4. Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.

HSE HPSC - Version 1.0 29 January 2020


Department of Children and Youth Affairs FAQs on the proposed Early Years protest 5 February 2020

Department of Children and Youth Affairs FAQs on the proposed Early Years protest 5 February 2020 DCYA new logo
Published: 28 January 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs understands that some childcare providers intend to close, or reduce their service provision, to support a protest on 5 February, 2020. The department has received a number of queries from providers and parents relating to this matter.

In order to assist everyone affected, the department would like to offer the following information.

Will services which close receive their normal ECCE and other scheme payments?

  • The department has received legal advice that if services close for the protest day, or if they do not provide a service to a particular group of children and their parents, the department will not be in a position to provide funding for that day. This is in accordance with the existing contracts. Protests of this kind are not covered, for example, by force majeure
  • The department is not in a position to fund an alternative day where services propose to make up the time lost from the protest on another occasion

What do services need to do if they are going to close or reduce their service on Feb 5?

  • If a service closes, or partially closes as a result of the protest, providers must submit their revised calendars to Pobal in advance of any closure
  • In addition, providers must notify Pobal that they have closed (or partially closed) on 5 February, so that payments can be adjusted accordingly. Again, this provision is in line with the Funding Agreements signed by providers. Pobal will, in early February, publish a form on PIP for providers to use to notify them of a closure. This form will make clear the timeframe requirement for the notification

Can City / County Childcare Committees advise services about protesting?

  • City / County Childcare Committees have no role in advising providers about any decision to protest
  • They remain available to assist parents and providers with regard to all DCYA schemes and initiatives

Do services have DCYA funding stopped when a child is late, sick or goes home early?

  • Changes to funding support for a child are made only when a child changes their pattern of attendance, for example for full day to part time, or from a 5 day week to a 4 day week
  • If a child has a serious illness, the provider can receive funding from the department, even if the child is absent for up to 12 weeks. Pobal or the CCCs are available to provide further information on this as required

Reports suggest that a significant number of services have closed, are these reports correct?

  • The department is not aware that any service has had to close due to being refused insurance. Tusla has also said that every service which intended to re-register succeeded in doing so
  • The number of services in operation remains stable at approximately 4,500 and capacity has increased year on year
  • That said, DCYA is aware of the many challenges that exist for providers and continues to make support available, through a variety of sources

What was the average Programme Support Payment paid out in December?

  • The average Programme Support Payment that issued in December was €1,500 and ranged from small amounts, to very large amounts, depending on the size of the service and the number of children on DCYA schemes

Is it true that there has been no increase to capitation in recent years?

  • The ECCE capitation was increased by 7% in January 2018
  • In addition to this increase in both the standard and higher capitation payments, the department changed the rules relating to higher capitation for ECCE in 2016 to enable more services to access it
  • Currently 50% of all ECCE services are in receipt of higher capitation, compared to 10% in 2010 Other additional payments have been introduced, for example, under AIM, additional funding of €2 per ECCE child, per week, for services with Inclusion Coordinators. In 2019 €27m was paid to providers in Programme Support Payments
  • The maximum subsidy to parents available under the NCS now stands at €204 per child per week whereas under the previous DCYA funding schemes, including the CCSP and TEC, the maximum subsidy was €145

Scheduled PIP Portal Maintenance

Scheduled PIP Portal Maintenance: 1st-2nd February 2020 PobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

Please be aware that necessary maintenance to our IT systems will take place from 2pm on Saturday, 1st February until 6pm Sunday, 2nd February. Service Providers will not be able to submit new child registrations on PIP during the maintenance window.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Early Years Team 

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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