Expansion of Criteria for CETS Programme

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has directed the expansion of criteria for the Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS) from the 27th of March 2017 to include parents attending secondary school.

This change means that parents attending secondary school are now entitled to receive childcare funding under the CETS Programme.

Good News – Bursary for Level 7, 8 and 9 Graduates now available!


The DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to early childhood educators who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013).


Job Vacancies

Bright Star Academy
Position – 2 x Full Time Permanent Contract Positions

ECCE Payments


ECCE Payment - It has been brought to our attention that some ECCE payments that reached bank accounts this morning are incorrect. 

We are currently working with Pobal and online support to amend this.

Capacity Survey of Early Childhood Services

Please complete the following short survey from DCYA which aims to give us an accurate picture of the capacity for childcare provision throughout Ireland.

This is a short survey (5 mins max) but the information it provides is extremely valuable for the sector.

ECCE Payments & Higher Capitation Update 13.09.16

Pobal will be issuing weekly ECCE payments from this week onwards, so any group in contract by 9am Tuesday will be paid by this Friday. If a group completes the contracting process after Tuesday, it will be the following Friday before a payment will be issued. 

Learner Fund 4 August 2016 Update


Following a review of Learner Fund 4,DCYA have amended the criteria to take account of feedback it has received in respect to the on-going training needs of the early year’s sector and the continuing qualification recognition process. 

Staff Wanted

We're Hiring 

Due to the expansion of our facility with another ECCE Room.

Childcare Assistants and Childcare Supervisors

All Candidates Must have minimum qualification of FETAC Childcare Level 6. Additional requirements:


Garda clearance, First Aid, Child Protection Training. Applicants must have a great knowledge of Aistear and Siolta.


Please send CV and any enquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) programme.  AIM is a child-centred model, involving 7 levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the early years service provider.

Learner Fund 3 May 2016 - Is Now Open

A Learner who has applied to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) for qualification status recognition, and who has received a letter from DCYA verifying that their current qualification is not a Major Award, is eligible to apply for Learner Fund 3 (May 2016)in order to undertake a Major Award at Level 5 to meet future minimum regulatory qualification requirements
Learner Fund 3 (May 2016)
will open to applications on May 27th (@ 14:00 hrs.) 2016
and will close for applications on July 29th (@ 18:00 hrs.) 2016

Statement from Institute of Technology Carlow Re: Level 7

The Institute of Technology Carlow is please to announce that the ezpert appoint by the Department of Education & Skills to review the Level 7 (Add-On) Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood and Education & Care for higher capitation purposed has concluded that the content of the programme (i.e. the 60 credits taught during one academic year) does meet the requirements of the eligibility criteria for the higher capitation grant for the DCYA funded ECCE programme in terms of skills and knowledge.

Childminding Development Grants 2016

Who is the Childminding Development Grant for? 

Childminders, grandparents, relatives etc. who provide a childminding service in their own (childminder’s) home, or those planning to set up a new childminding service. The grant is not available to childminders caring for children in the parent’s home.

Parent & Toddler Grant Funding 2016 - NOW AVAILABLE!

Westmeath County Childcare Committee in collaboration with the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs is delighted to seek applications for a Parent & Toddler grant, from existing, or those wishing to set up, Parent and Toddler Groups. If you are involved in running a Parent & Toddler Group in Co. Westmeath and would like further information: please contact Westmeath County Childcare Committee on

044 9335454 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 2nd September 2016.