The updated Question & Answer Document based on the Child Care Act 1991(Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 has been posted on Tusla webpage at:
Please note: the following information regarding ‘Contracting for Additional DCYA Funded Childcare Programmes: Application Process 2016/17’, has been received from DCYA (22/07/16).
The application form will be uploaded to PIP later today.
NCLUSION OFFICER TRAINING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS - Friday 24th JUNE!!!
Children with disabilities will have better access to pre-school under a new programme of supports unveiled today (15th June 2016) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD.
Announcing the new Access and Inclusion Model, or AIM, Minister Zappone said
The Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) programme. AIM is a child-centred model, involving 7 levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the early years service provider.
The Institute of Technology Carlow is please to announce that the ezpert appoint by the Department of Education & Skills to review the Level 7 (Add-On) Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood and Education & Care for higher capitation purposed has concluded that the content of the programme (i.e. the 60 credits taught during one academic year) does meet the requirements of the eligibility criteria for the higher capitation grant for the DCYA funded ECCE programme in terms of skills and knowledge.
Childcare services which were previously notified to Tusla under the provisions for notification as prescribed by the Pre School Child Care Regulations 2006 are now required to be re-registered under Article 58 E of the Child & Family Agency Act 2013.
Booking buttons are now on the following link for the briefing sessions
Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today signed new Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016) which will come into effect on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The new Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school.
The memo below outlines two important updates from Túsla as follows:
Due to a matter arising the deadline for completed applications has now been extended until 5pm Friday 8th April 2016 to facilitate the completion of your application.
Please ensure that all sections are completed with required documentation attached before submitting your application
EYC 2016 CLOSING FOR APPLICATIONS AT 12 MID-DAY TODAY 6TH APRIL 2016
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has now processed all Expressions of Interest for participation in the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) – Private programme, submitted before the closing date of 11th March 2016. All services that submitted an Expression of Interest by this date should receive a CCS (Private) Application Pack by Tuesday 29thMarch.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has introduced a new, free service in response to a frightening statistic that shows that as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can result in serious injury or worse, a fatality in the event of a collision.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the release of €16m extra funding from Budget 2016 so that the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) scheme, which subsidises childcare for certain low income parents, will be made more accessible by being available through Private Childcare Service Providers. The extension to the scheme will apply from Monday 7th March 2016 and is expected to fund around 8,000 additional childcare places.
The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills is hosting a series of consultation seminars to discuss the progress to date on the development of a new Early Years Education-focused Inspection (EYEI) Model.
Westmeath County Childcare Committee (WCCC) will employ two LA coordinators to oversee the day to day running of the Coordinated Disability Initiative between Longford County Childcare Committee and Westmeath County Childcare Committee.
This is a fantastic opportunity to play key role in a uniquely innovative project. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential with a minimum third level qualification in Disability/Early Education.
To access DCYA clarification update on qualifications please click here
Budget update 7th January 2016 - The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has updated the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ECCE programme and the budget changes.
Click here to access the FAQs.
You may be aware that from the 1st January 2016, Revenue changed their tax clearance application and verification systems. Paper Tax Clearance Certificates will no longer be issued for a 12 month period.
Revenue will move to providing for real-time ongoing tax clearance. This is to be known as eTax Clearance.
Minister James Reilly recently announced the Learner Fund 4. Learner Fund 4 will subsidise eligible courses leading to a major award at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Learner Fund 4 is opening for applications on Monday 25th January at 2pm, and will remain open until 10th March 2016.
Pre-school providers must submit an online application via their own PIP page, on behalf of their staff member, for a subsidised training course under the heading ‘Learner Fund 4’.
The Learner Fund, which is currently subsidising thousands of learners who applied in 2014, has re-opened for online applications.
To view eligibility for the ECCE programme for children born in 2012, 2013 and 2014, please click on the link to view how long a child is eligible to the ECCE programme.
WCCC have been advised by DCYA today that a refund of pre-school fees can take place for parents if their children meet the below criteria:
· Eligible for ECCE in 2015 and 2016 – (Children born between 01 January 2012 – 30 June 2012)
· Have been in attendance and fee paying for pre-school from September 2015
The cost of childcare can be a significant barrier for parents wanting to take up work, education or training. Budget 2016 provides two initiatives focused on increasing the affordability of childcare, to lay the foundation for providing more affordable childcare to a broader range of families.
Quality matters for children. Budget 2016 funds a number of measures to build the quality of childcare provision, including:
During 2016, a suite of supports will be phased in to enable children with disabilities fully participate in, and reap the benefits of, quality pre-school care and education.
From September 2016, every child in Ireland will be able to start pre-school at age three, and to remain in pre-school until they start primary school.
WCCC have been advised that the ECCE Higher Capitation application process for the 2015/16 Programme call is now open. Please be aware of the link between this process and the list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications as published at www.dcya.ie
The Dept of Children & Youth Affairs has just published its list of Recognised Early Years Qualifications, for the purposes of (a) meeting the minimum requirement in the pending childcare Regulations and (b) meeting the contractual requirements for DCYA Childcare Programmes.
Ireland Fight for the Future Campaign believe that inclusion in Ireland for preschool children should represent the values, beliefs, policies and practices which support each child regardless of ability to access and participate fully in all aspects of their lives and within their communities. Inclusive practice is embedded in reciprocal relationships, promoting a sense of well-being and identity and belonging for child, family and pedagogues. One of the main features which encourages and promotes inclusion for young children is the right to access, quality affordable early childhood education and care. There is currently no universal Government funding to support children with special needs accessing the ECCE Scheme to participate fully in mainstream preschool. Research including the National Disability Authority 2012, the National Council for Special Education 2013, the National Policy Framework for children and young people 2014- 2020 all agree that early intervention is cost effective and beneficial to society.
Parent letters, Service letters and FAQ documents are now available to download from your PIP homepage for each of the three DCYA schemes. Please take time to read through all of these documents prior to beginning the registration process.
Minister James Reilly has today announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 2,415 grantees nationwide.
Minister Reilly launches ‘Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service’ initiative to promote and enhance quality of early childhood care and education.
Please remember that the option for CCS appeals closes next Monday the 20th April at 5pm. There will be no facility to lodge an appeal after this deadline so it is very important that you review each application on PIP and ensure the correct band has been approved.
Bob Keating, Principal of St. Brigid’s School Mullingar is giving this presentation sharing his practical experience with you and giving practical solutions and addressing theory and recent developments.
Community Childcare Services have received preliminary CCS payments up until the end of March 2015.
Balancing payments will be made at the end of March following the announcement of CCS Band Eligibility Approvals.
Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES),
The Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) Programme is administered by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
The Learner Fund will re-open for applications again for a two week period (exact dates to be confirmed).