Newsletter week of 25 - 29 January 2021


Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 25 - 29 January 2021


Friday 29 January 2021 *TODAY*
• Closing date for CCSP FIRs
• Capital funding applications open (see below for details)


Friday 19 February 2021
• Capital funding applications close


Friday 15 April 2021
• Deadline for school age childcare service registration with Tusla



Capital funding programme 2021
The applications for this year’s capital funding open today on the Hive. As was announced previously, this fund is only available to undertake works or purchase equipment required to get a fire safety certificate. The works/equipment must be specified in a fire safety assessment report to be eligible for funding. The assessment must have been undertaken by an eligible, competent person such as a registered architect, a building surveyor or an engineer. The report cannot be dated before 1 June 2019. We have attached the application guidelines and the technical guidelines that guide you through the process of applying on the Hive.

Open or closed
As you know, we are required to keep track of those services that are opened and closed in our area. This is so that essential workers requiring childcare can be directed to a service that might be able to accommodate them. We don’t want to be ringing you all the time to check if you are still open or still closed. So, if your circumstances do change, you have to close or you are able to open, can you let us know so that we can update our information.

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