HPSC Guidance and SAC Document 31/07/2020

Dear Provider, As per our recent communication, you will be aware that the Department has been working with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) to revise and update its Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings Operating during Covid. The Guidance has been revised following feedback from…

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) Application Process Open for 2020/2021

The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2020/2021 pre-school year is now open for existing graduates. New graduates i.e. graduating in October 2020 can apply when final exam results have been notified by…

Reminder: Universal Practice Advice to support ELC/SAC services re-open

Better Start Quality Development Early Years Specialists are available to provide email and phone support to providers on reopening. Information, advice and practice guidance will be provided for the following areas:         Supporting the transition back into Early Learning and Care         Supporting children’s social and emotional well-being through         Promoting learning and development through…

​Important: TWSCS application deadline and NCS registration renewals reminders

​Important: TWSCS application deadline and NCS registration renewals reminders Please see the important reminders below. TWSCS Application Deadline As communicated last week, the deadline to complete amendments to a TWSCS application form, should you need to do so, is close of business Tuesday, 30th June (tomorrow). If you have been contacted by Pobal to amend an application…

Updated FAQs v2 on the Reopening Funding Package for Childcare Services 01/07/2020

Dear Providers, Please see link below to version 2 of the FAQs on the Reopening Funding Package for Childcare Services. This is an update to the FAQs we circulated on 12 June. We have added additional clarifications in response to questions we have received from you and your representative organisations. The attached FAQs are intended…

Increase in the value of the Childminding Re-opening Grant

Change to Childminding Reopening Grant.  In light of the announcement by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection of the extension of the Enterprise Support Grant for self-employed micro-enterprises that are re-opening their business and transitioning from the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced an increase in the value…