Weekly Newsletter week ending 12-2-2021


Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 8 – 12 February 2021


Monday 15 February 2021

  • COSP Review closing date EXTENSION see below

Friday 19 February 2021

  • Capital funding applications close

Friday 26 February 2021

  • Closing date for signing COSP agreement

Friday 15 April 2021

  • Deadline for school age childcare service registration with Tusla



COSP Funding review extended

Pobal have extended the deadline for requesting a COSP review. You now have until Monday. To ask for a review you must provide evidence that either the calculation or the figures used to make the calculation are incorrect. Requests are made via the Hive.


Covid Operating Supports funding agreement

The additional funding support agreements are now available on the Hive. You have from today until close of business Friday 26 February to sign.

All services, including closed ECCE only, are advised to review the FAQ regarding the levels of funding and the terms and conditions that accompany the payment. We have attached a copy of the FAQs for your convenience.

We would urge you to be sure of the funding requirements before choosing to sign or not.

In order to access the funding, you have to sign the funding agreement. We have attached the guidelines to this email to assist you.

If you are waiting for a COSP review decision, don’t sign the funding agreement until that review process has been finalised.

This information and the documents are available on PIP.


TCAN expiry notice issue

On Wednesday there was an issue with the HIVE which resulted in an automated notification being sent to services alerting them that their TCAN (Tax clearance access number) had expired. The issue has now been fixed. If you want to check your TCAN status, log onto the Hive, click Funding and then payments issued. If your TCAN has expired, you will see a red bar at the top of the page with the notification of an expired TCAN. If the red bar does not appear, your TCAN is fine.


HSE Memo to services

On Tuesday the HSE issued a memo to services regarding face coverings, Covid testing and key public health messages. We have attached the memo for your convenience.

Two areas of concern prompted the memo – the use of face coverings when not working with children and the use of non-HSE Covid-19 antigen tests. We would recommend that the memo be circulated to your staff teams.


 Global justice resources

Trócaire have just launched their latest tailored Early Childhood educational resource. “Neighbours” uses Trócaire’s work in South Sudan as the starting point for a wide range of play-based activities and photos ideal for bringing global justice themes into your classroom. The resource is aligned to Aistear principles and is suitable for older pre-school children, along with junior primary. It can be downloaded at:



Trócaire are also running a FREE CPD workshop (Online, Thurs Feb 18th, 7pm) for Early Childhood educators to introduce the resource, its activities and Development Education for Early Childhood educators.

Sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLl4VTZ_WzMPWsFgZA-Be7tMZnQ2uBUOcl7uxBCi8LUWfPew/viewform




For more information, or to join Trócaire’s mailing list for Early Childhood educators, contact Éilis Ryan (Early Years Education Officer) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >  


Open or closed

We are required to report to the DCEDIY those services that are open/closed on a daily basis. From next week, we will be emailing you once a week to check that your status, including your occupancy rate hasn’t changed. We need to be able to assure the DCEDIY that we have the most up-to-date information. We would be very grateful if you could respond to the email, even if it is just to say nothing has changed.



Minding ourselves

It is easy in the middle of all of this, to forget that Covid 19 is an adverse factor in our lives as well as the lives of the children and families we are working with. Fear, anxiety, constant tension, feeling exhausted all perfectly normal responses to the most abnormal of situations. The HSE have produced a booklet ‘Keeping well this winter’ which you can use to help you plan a little self-care. It can be found here https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/keeping-well-this-winter.pdf



Kind regards

Westmeath County Childcare Committee