Newsletter 14-7-2017


Newsletter week ending 14th July 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines and important information signposts for you for the week 10th – 14th July 2017.



24 July, 2017 – Non-contact payment forms

You must have completed your non-contact payment E-form on PIP by this date.


22 August, 2017 – Contracts activated

All services must be in contract for each of the programmes they wish to offer by this date. As the DCYA must also activate the contract, make sure your contracts are activated well in advance. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.


25 August, 2017 – Calendars submitted

All service calendars must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.


30 September, 2017 – Fees lists submitted

All fees lists must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.



CCS/Plus and TEC fees lists and calendars

These are now available on PIP. You are being asked to ensure you have submitted your service calendar before registering children. A notice is available on PIP.


ECCE calendars and Good Friday

It was noted that Good Friday had been automatically selected as a closed day, which for many of you is not the case. Pobal have adjusted this, unfortunately if you have already submitted your calendar and now wish to change your Good Friday you need to submit your calendar again. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will take down your current calendar and put up a new one for you. A notice to this effect is on PIP.



CCS Resettlement/Relocation/Transition

These programmes are very important for the provision of childcare to some of our most vulnerable families – those families experiencing homelessness and those arriving from refugee camps. The transition programme has been extended to cover primary school aged children during the school holidays. Sessional services can now offer the transition scheme. The CCSR programmes have been aligned and offer a total of 60 weeks childcare for families. These changes will take place from June 28th however the process of applying will take a little longer to confirm. However, the payments for all places under these programmes can be back dated to June 28th. If you don’t currently offer these programmes and you would like to, please contact your development worker. A notice about these changes is on PIP.


The new September programme measures

We hope that you now have enough information to work with the programmes in September. If parents are coming to you for information don’t forget you can point them in the direction of the website which has really clear explanations of what is available for families. It is also a good resource for you too.

If, however, you are still unsure about the new measures and the changes coming in September, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to talk everything through with you and help you to apply the measures in your service.



Due to high demand the following training will take place in our office;


Refresher First Aid on Saturday 19th August, starting 9.30am – 4.30

Manual Handling on Saturday the 26th August, starting 9.30am – 12.30pm

Booking is essential so please call the office on 0449335454 to reserve your space


If you have any queries about anything contained in this bulletin, please do not hesitate to contact your development officer.


Kind regards

Westmeath County Childcare Committee Team