Weekly Newsletter week ending 04/12/2020


Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 30 November – 4 December 2020.



Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December

  • Hive refresher webinars (see below for details)

Thursday 31 December 2020

  • Final date for expenditure under reopening and capital funds



Capital Programme 2021

Earlier in the week, the DCEDIY sent out an announcement to all services about the 2021 capital programme. The funding is available to support fire safety regulations and standards only. Grants of between €1,000 and €10,000 will be available to contribute to the costs.

Eligible works will include:

  • Fire safety fit out costs, for example, installing fire alarm systems and fire protection measures such as escape routes; lighting, fire doors, fire proofing specific walls and floors; and escape stairways, with windows as secondary escape option;

  • Fire safety equipment including smoke alarms, CO2 alarms, fire extinguishers, fire blankets; and

  • Fire safety maintenance and replacement of key “fire risk appliances” such as electrical wiring and gas boilers.

These works must have been identified in a fire safety assessment report, completed after 01 June 2019 by a competent person who is a registered architect, surveyor or engineer. You will need to supply the assessment report as part of the application process. If you don’t currently have a report, you will need to have one by early February. If you have already completed some works, you will need an updated assessment report.

The details of the application process will be on the Hive in late January 2021.

If any of the €8.3million available for capital grants remains at the end of the first call, the Dept may hold a second round of grants focussed on outdoor play.


Hive refresher webinar

Pobal are hosting a webinar to cover common queries and issues on the Hive. The dates for this webinar are Tuesday, 8th December and Wednesday, 9th December.

Topics will include:

  • Calendars, Subsidised closers and Mid-terms

  • Common Queries/Errors with NCS on the Hive

  • Common Error messages when registering a CHICK

  • Understanding Bridging and Grace periods

  • Editing on the Hive: Editing ECCE Calendar, Ending claims/creating leaver, Registrations in Past, CHICK and non-term hours

  • Parent Portal: Difference between adding a second child to an Application & selecting on a New Application.


The links for both Webinars session are below. There are only 500 spaces for each session and it is on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuesday 8th December at 6pm to 7:30pm - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/627803958643930640

Wednesday 9th December at 5:30pm to 7:00pm - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8095767198847444240


Early Years Provider Centre Christmas opening hours

Pobal have updated the opening hours of the EYPC for Christmas and the New Year. Details can be found on the Hive here:


If you have any queries or require any clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0449335454 or email your development worker.

Westmeath County Childcare Committee.