Newsletter week ending 22 January 2021



Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 18 – 22 January 2021


Wednesday 27 January 2021

  • HSE webinar Infection Control for childcare settings (see below)

Friday 29 January 2021

  • Closing date for CCSP FIRs

Friday 15 April 2021

  • Deadline for school age childcare service registration with Tusal (see below)


HSE Covid-19 infection control webinar

The HSE are running a webinar at 1 p.m. on 27 January on Covid-19 infection control. It is similar to a webinar that was held last July. Prof. Martin Cormican, Dr. Abigail Collins and Mary McKenna will be hosting. You can book your place here. If you can’t attend, a recording will be made available. If you would like to raise an issue or query to be covered in the webinar please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 25 January.


School age childcare service registration with Tusla

You will have received correspondence from Tusla regarding the registration of school age childcare services. Tusla are asking that all services that have not yet completed the registration of their school age services do so as soon as possible. The final deadline for registration is 15 April.


Tusla are suggesting that you complete your submission as soon as possible, so that it can be reviewed and any amendments to documents made in plenty of time for the deadline in April. You have to upload all of the required documents in order to submit your application.


The submission checklist can be found on the Tusla website here:

If you have any queries or need assistance you can contact the school age registration team on:

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  • 061 461715

And we are available to help too.


Essential workers

There is still some confusion around what constitutes an ‘essential worker’. Whilst services have been asked to prioritise frontline health care staff where they have a limited number of places, if you have the capacity, you can take the children of any family who are essential workers as defined on this list:

It is worth checking the list to see how many of the families who would normally attend your service, can still do so.


Child Protection

We know that services are anxious to get back to face to face training in all areas, but particularly child protection. Until such time as ‘in real life’ training is possible you can revisit your training by accessing a number of resources on the Child Safeguarding website

Staff can refresh the knowledge of the key messages of their Always Children First training by watching the revision webinar which can be found on this page

We will highlight other areas that can be revisited in forthcoming bulletins.


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.



HSE Covid-19 helpline for childcare providers

The HSE have a helpline to advise service providers if they have been informed of a Covid-19 case in a child or a staff member. The number is 01 511 9777 It is open Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30 and 10 – 4.30 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.



Kind regards

Westmeath County Childcare Committee