Newsletter week of 26 February 2021


Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 22 – 26 February 2021


Friday 26 February 2021 *TODAY*

  • Closing date for signing COSP agreement – 5 p.m.

  • Fire safety capital applications close *EXTENSION*

Friday 15 April 2021

  • Deadline for school age childcare service registration with Tusla



Covid Operating Supports closing today

The deadline for application is 5p.m. today. ALL services including ECCE only services must complete the funding agreement to continue to receive programme funding.

It is a two-step process activated through the Hive. Make sure you have completed both stages and activated your contract to ensure continued funding.


FAQ updates

Yesterday you would have received two FAQ documents. The first concerned the next stage of reopening from 8 – 28 March. This FAQ details how services will manage the reopening of their services, we have attached a copy for your convenience.

The second document that issued was an update to an existing FAQ that covered the funding period up to 7 March, please don’t get the two mixed up.


Covid Case Support Helplines

There are two helplines available to services who have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in their service.

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.

For those services who need support on engaging with the relevant authorities due to a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, there is an out of hours helpline. The number is 1800 940 341. The service will be available Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10.00 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 16.00.


Kind regards

Westmeath County Childcare Committee