Newsletter week ending 15 January 2021



Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 11 – 15 January 2021


Friday 29 January 2021

  • Closing date for CCSP FIRs


HSE Covid-19 helpline for childcare providers

Earlier this week, information was circulated to you about a new HSE helpline specifically for childcare providers.

The number is 01 511 9777 It is open Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30 and 10 – 4.30 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. You should only contact this number if you have been informed of a confirmed Covid-19 case in a child or staff member. We have attached the note for your convenience.


Force Majeure form

If you are applying for a force majeure closure, we have attached the latest version of the application form. The completed form and any accompanying documentation should be uploaded to the Hive by attaching it to a service request. Put force majeure in the summary heading and select ‘programme request’ from the drop down menu.


HSE public health advice

Dr. Abigail Collins, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, has uploaded two short videos providing advice regarding the safety of ELC and SAC settings for Essential Workers during the current level 5 restrictions.


Supporting parents to ‘preschool at home’

We know that you have been reaching out to your families in order to help them ‘preschool at home’. Don’t forget that there are resources on the First 5 website for parents that you can use, offering your expertise and knowledge on how parents can extend those activities for their children. These resources will be added to in the coming days and can be found here:

 If you have AIM staff employed in your service who are reaching out to the children they would normally be working with, there are resources on the AIM website here and the National Council for Special Education website here that they may find useful.


We are trying our best to help services contacting us with queries stemming from the FAQs. However, we are working from the same documents as you are. We are forwarding queries that we can’t answer to both Pobal and the DCEDIY for clarification.


Kind regards

Westmeath County Childcare Committee