Newsletter Week ending 10/09/2021

Dear Colleagues,

Here are the deadlines, important dates, and announcements for the week of 6 – 10 September 2021.


Friday 10 September 2021 *TODAY*

  • Extended closure date for Playing outside grant applications

Tuesday 28 September 2021

  • Deadline for CCSP Finance and Impact returns (FIRS) for August 2021

Friday 1 October 2021

  • Closing date for Learner Fund applications

Sunday 31 October 2021

  • Final date for completion of subsidised FAR training course

Monday 1 November 2021

  • Final date for re-registration of ELC services


Community Service FIRs updated guidelines

We have attached a copy of the guidelines for your convenience. The major update is on P8 – Useful log-in information.

National School-age childcare survey

The resumption of this survey has been paused due to technical issues with the survey site. We will let you know as soon as possible when this will resume.

National Road Safety Week – Beep Beep day

Beep Beep day is Friday 8 October. The online ordering site is now open, click here. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions on manufacturing and ordering, there are limited numbers of high vis vests this year. It is hoped that there will be a plentiful supply next year as usual.

Better Start webinar

Better Start are hosting a webinar about their quality development service on Tuesday 21 September from 7 – 8 p.m. You can register through their website here.

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

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