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Minister O’Gorman welcomes major milestones in the initial roll-out of the First 5 My Little Library Initiative

 Minister O’Gorman welcomes major milestones in the initial roll-out of the First 5 My Little Library Initiative

my little library bag 22 03 2022

  • 30,000 book bags collected
  • 13,000 new library members

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced that, so far this summer, half of all children preparing to start primary school this September have picked up a First 5 My Little Library Book Bag from their local library, with more than 13,000 four and five years olds joining the library for the first time in the process.

Under the First 5 My Little Library Initiative – a collaboration between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Local Government Management Agency – every child starting primary school this September is invited to collect a free book bag from their local library full of storybooks and resources to support with the transition to primary school. The book bag also includes a My Little Library card wallet and at collection, children and their families are invited to join their local library. Book bags are available in Irish and English.

This Initiative is part of a wider Government drive towards fostering a love of books and stories among young children and on connecting those children, their families and carers to the network of libraries nationwide.

Welcoming the success of the initiative so far, Minister O’Gorman said:

“It's wonderful to learn that there are 13,000 new members of the library because of the First 5 My Little Library Initiative. As well as connecting children to their local library, this initiative is about supporting children with the transition to primary school. So far, half of all children starting school in September have benefitted. Libraries throughout the country have now restocked and the First 5 My Little Library Book Bag will be available throughout the summer for other children preparing for the important milestone this September”.

Also welcoming the progress on the initiative, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys T.D., said:

“As Minister with responsibility for public libraries, I am delighted to hear of the progress being made under this initiative. Libraries offer access to new worlds of creativity, imagination and fun. This roll-out of the First 5 My Little Library Initiative through the 330 public libraries around the country will open up these worlds to every family with a child starting school. I am delighted to welcome the 13,000 additional library members to a lifetime of free access to stories and books”.

Catherine Elliott, Monaghan County Librarian and Chair of the Public Library National Strategic Programmes Committee said:

“Libraries have loved welcoming thousands of 4- and 5-years olds to collect their free My Little Library Book Bags over the last few months. We are delighted that so many children have joined the library for the first time and are coming back regularly to refill their bags with borrowed books and take part in library activities.

“Now that the summer holidays are here, we want to encourage any parent who has not yet done so to come in and collect their child’s free book bag. While you’re in the library make sure to find out about all the events and activities we have going on this summer that will keep the kids entertained, develop their imagination, creativity and literacy and help get them all set for school in September.”

This First 5 Little Library Initiative, which is funded under Dormant Accounts Funding, will continue throughout the summer. Further details are available on gov.ie/letsgetready.

https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/a2b41-minister-ogorman-welcomes-major-milestones-in-the-initial-roll-out-of-the-first-5-my-little-library-initiative/

ECCE Registrations and Programme Call 2022/23

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Dear Service Provider,

Registrations will open for the ECCE 2022 Programme Call on the Early Years Hive portal on Monday 4 July 2022.  Registration is opening earlier this year to assist providers with the administration process for ECCE.

The ECCE 2022 Programme Call will commence on Monday 22 August 2022.

Important: Except for compliance purposes, under no circumstances should you cancel an active 2021 registration as this will create an overpayment for your service. If you are registering a child for ECCE 2022 who is currently registered in your service, please add an additional, separate registration for ECCE 2022.

Guidance

You can find guidance on how to register a child on ECCE, including a training video, on the ECCE Child Registration page under Resources on the Early Years Hive portal.

CCSP Saver Programme

Registrations for the 2022 CCSP Saver Programme will open on 08 August 2022.

NCS

Registration of CHICKs for NCS can be done on the Early Years Hive portal at any time.

Communication

Pobal will cease posting announcements for service providers on the PIP Portal when the CCSP 2021 Programme Call ends in August, as all early learning and care programmes will be administered on the Early Years Hive once the current programme year is completed. Further communication will be provided on this over the coming weeks.

All announcements are, and will continue to be, posted on the announcement page of the Early Years Hive portal. You can find guidance on how to use the Hive announcement page here.

All important dates are also added to the Hive’s announcement calendar page for your benefit.

Training

As communicated in a portal announcement posted on 28 June, webinar training sessions will be held next week for service providers on ECCE and NCS child registration. Please read the announcement for dates and further information.

Support

Should you have any queries in relation to ECCE registrations, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the following categories:  

  • Programme: ECCE
  • Request Type: Registrations

Regards,
The Early Years Team

Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 - Final Reminder

Dear Service Provider, pobal logo

The Programme Support Payments (PSP) 2022 will close for applications this Friday, 1 July at 5pm.

Late applications for PSP will not be accepted.

The PSP application is completed on the Programmes page of the Early Years Hive. Guidance material including screen shots explaining how to apply through the Hive is available on the Useful Links page here.

Should you have any queries in relation to PSP, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive using the Programme category PSP 2022.

Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman publishes funding agreement for new €221 million Core Funding scheme

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has today (28 June 2022) published the ‘Partner Service Funding Agreement’ for the new €221m Core Funding for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC)core funding 29 06 2022 providers that will commence this September.

Services that sign up for Core Funding will become Partner Services, working with the State to deliver ELC and SAC for the public good – focused on quality and affordability for children and their families, sustainability and stability for providers and their staff, and accountability, transparency and value for money for the State.

The Funding Agreement, published today, sets 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, which include:

  • Ensuring no increase to fees in 2022/23 above September 2021 rates.
  • 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.
  • Implementing the national practice frameworks, Aistear and Siolta.
  • Developing implementing and reporting on a quality action plan.
  • Providing transparent and validated financial reports.
  • Participating in annual data collection surveys.

Giving further detail on the Core Funding Partner Service Funding Agreement 2022/2023, the Minister stated:

“Core Funding represents a new approach to how the State funds the sector. It entails a shift in the relationship between how State and providers collectively work together, with new responsibilities on both sides, to progressively deliver the vision of increasingly publicly funded and publicly managed early learning and care and school-age childcare to the benefit of children and their families.”

Core Funding for an individual service will be calculated based on the number of places a service offers, the age group of children for whom the places are offered and the hours of operation with additional funding for qualified graduates in certain leadership roles.

The application process for Core Funding will open in late July. In the meantime, a Core Funding Ready Reckoner online tool is available to give providers an estimate of what they can expect to receive under Core Funding. In addition, services can also book an appointment with their local City/County Childcare Committee to calculate their Core Funding value at individual service level.

Core Funding only comes into effect and is contingent upon Employment Regulation Orders being in effect to cover all roles across the sector as defined in the Early Years’ Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order.

Further information about Core Funding is available here. Services can also contact their local City/County Childcare Committees and/or Pobal with any questions about Core Funding.

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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