Preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme

Please see the following announcement from DCYA Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019. The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to…

Capital Funding 2019 Guidelines for Early Learning and Care and School Age

The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019. Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019. The available strands of funding are as follows: Strand A:  Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds – €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant). Strand B:  Fire Safety for…

New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme

Please see the following announcement from DCYA New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme School age childcare services to be registered for first time with Tusla  Minister Zappone signs the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018, enabling…

Department of Education and Skills (DES) Information Session

Department of Education and Skills (DES) Information Session In November, Dr Maresa Duignan (Assistant Chief Inspector) and Catherine Cullen (Early Years Inspector) facilitated an information session about the DES inspection process for Donegal Early Educators. There were some really interesting discussions on the night around common elements of good practice that are already happening on…

Hanen and Lámh Training

Hanen Teacher Talk Training AIM will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training in January partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Cork City, Letterkenny, Dublin West, Louth, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway, Kerry, Drumcondra,…