A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download

A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download

      DCCC's "A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service" is now Available!   Dublin City Childcare Committee’s new publication ‘A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service’ is a quick guide on addressing any concerns within an early years service. We hope...
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Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card

Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card

  Attention Parents! The first step in applying for the new National Childcare Scheme is to apply for a Public Services Card, if you do not already have one. You will need this card to register for a verified MyGovID account.  Click on the image below to view the Public Services Card Video:...
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First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019

First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019

  First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019 Attention Registered Providers!Did you know that services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR training (either full or refresher) on behalf of the service. Registered Early Learning and Care Services and Registered Childminders  Under the...
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Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019

  Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019   The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local...
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NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!

      Dublin City Childcare Committee are currently rolling out NCS Phase 2 training in various venues and dates.  These 3-hour sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process....
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Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare

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            Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare. Services...
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The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!

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    The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open! Parents can call (01) 906 8530 for information on NCS.Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Read more...
A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download
A Parent's Guide to Addressing Concerns in an Early Years' Service - Available to download
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Attention Parents! The first step in applying for National Childcare Scheme is to have a Public Services Card
May 16, 2019
First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019
First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement Fund 2019
August 29, 2019
Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019
Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019
August 09, 2019
NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME (NCS) PHASE 2 TRAINING DATES AVAILABLE TO BOOK NOW!
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Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare
Parents Notice – School-Age Childcare
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The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Parent Call Centre is now open!
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DCCC Quick Reference Guide to Aistear, Síolta, AIM and Better Start now available to download


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCCC's Quick Reference Guide to Aistear, Síolta, AIM and Better Start are now available to download in both English and Irish Versions from the Publications - Childcare Practitioners Resources section of our website here: http://www.childcareonline.ie/index.php/publications/childcare-practitioner-resources 

With Special Thanks to Meath County Childcare Commmittee who originally compiled this Quick Reference Guide

To download click on the DCCC Quick Reference Guide below or follow the link above:

DCCC Quick Reference Guide to Aistear, Síolta, AIM and Better Start

DCCC Quick Reference Guide to Aistear, Síolta, AIM and Better Start (Irish Version)

 

Please note this publication is intended for personal use only and belongs to Dublin City Childcare Committee CLG with special thanks to Meath County Childcare Committee.

If you could like a hard copy of this publication please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 8733696

© 2017 dUBLIN cITY cHILDCARE cOMMITTEE clg ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

 

Leadership for INCLusion in the Early Years Programme (LINC)

The application process for students interested in partaking in the LINC Programme for the 2018/2019 academic year commenced on the 12th March 2018.

Please click the link to view a digital version of the 2018 LINC flyer LINC POSTER FLYER 2018

The Leadership for INCLusion in the Early Years Programme (LINC), is a level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education).  The programme is designed to enhance inclusion of children with additional needs in early years settings through the development of the role of Inclusion Co-Ordinator (INCO).  The programme was introduced as part of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) in 2016. You may be aware that settings employing a LINC-qualified INCO are entitled to receive additional capitation as part of the ECCE programme. Further information on LINC is available at www.lincprogramme.ie

Dublin City Childcare Committee are delighted to host a Tutor from the LINC Programme at an information session on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 6.30pm in the National College of Ireland, Dublin. 

The purpose of the information session is to inform you of the structure of the LINC Programme, the entry requirements and other elements of relevance, as well as how you can apply to get a place on the programme for you or one of the other staff in your setting.  There will be an opportunity for you to raise any questions that you may have in relation to the programme itself.   

Please click on the link below to book onto the LINC roadshow as part of our Access and Inclusion Information Session on March 22nd at the National College of Ireland (NCI)

 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/linc-and-aim-information-session-leading-the-way-for-access-and-inclusion-tickets-43160229408 

 

 

PIP Announcement 12th March 2018 Force Majeure update for Storm Emma

​ Many thanks to all the services who have submitted their Force Majeure forms. We are currently processing them and will be in contact should we require any further clarifications.

Note:
Childcare services that were forced to close  between Wednesday 28th February and Friday the 2nd March  as a result of the RED Weather Warning issued by The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) will be paid for children registered for current schemes for those days.

Services that were forced to close for a longer period due to the weather conditions  should submit the Force Majeure Form to Pobal as soon as possible. Pobal will contact these services for additional information if required.

Log onto your PIP Portal to view full details.

Therefore, only services that were closed on dates outside of 28/02 – 02/03 will be required to complete a Force Majeure. Services that closed only during that time period are not expected to complete the Force Majeure forms.

 

 

Further flexibility announced to overage exemptions to free pre-school programme pending outcome of consultation process 

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Monday 5th March, 2018

Parents of children with disabilities who are now deciding whether to defer their child’s entry into free pre-school will be able to avail of two full years irrespective of any future policy changes, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Following the decision last December to allow for a consultation process on proposed changes to the rules on overage exemptions in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme, the Minister has now acted to address concerns raised by some parents who are facing imminent choices about their children’s education.

This means that parents of children born over autumn months (i.e. from September to December) can defer their children’s start date from September 2018 (when the child will be between 2 year 8 months and 2 years 11 months) to September 2019 (when the child will be between 3 year 8 months and 3 years 11 months) and continue to avail of 2 full years of the ECCE Programme (or 76 consecutive ECCE weeks). As a consequence, an exemption to the upper age limit in the ECCE Programme will be maintained for this cohort for this period of time.

The Minister also advised that details of the consultation process are being finalised and will be published shortly.

Click here to view full announcement: https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4605 

 

 

 

Latest Updates to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector re: Weather Warnings

 

PIP Announcement: Update to Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector - Sunday 4th March 2018
The red weather warning has now been been lifted nationwide and there will be a gradual overall rise in temperatures through the week with remaining deposits of snow continuing to melt. Melting snow may result in localized surface water and people are advised to watch for accumulations of melt water which could lead to flooding. 
In much of the country conditions are improved, and we expect life to begin to resume its more normal patterns today. However, other parts of the country, in particular Wexford, West Wicklow and North Kildare continue to be quite badly affected and schools in these areas are unlikely to reopen on Monday. 
》 Re-opening of childcare services on Monday 5th March
The majority of the country will resume normal life on Monday with transport, schools and government services reopening. Please be aware that challenging circumstances remain and Monday will not be a normal commute. Extra consideration should be given to staff and parents at drop off and collection times.   
Most schools are expected to reopen on Monday unless in specific circumstances where adverse weather conditions and transport restrictions continue. 
DCYA is advising all childcare providers to take note of their local situation with regards to access, transport and to base their decision on the safety and welfare of parents, staff and children in their service. 
DCYA will continue to attend the meetings of the NECG and update further as necessary.
Information from across all government departments regarding the effects of the current weather situation can be found by visiting www.gov.ie 
》Closures
Early years settings should take decisions based on local conditions and the safety of staff, children and parents. 
Provisions are in place for childcare providers to receive payment for children registered on any of the government's childcare subvention schemes should they be forced to remain closed on Monday due to adverse weather in their area.  
Force Majeure forms can be downloaded from PIP and sent onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This must be done within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
DCYA would like to sincerely thank all childcare providers and school age services for their diligence and cooperation during Storm Emma. 

Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement

 

PIP Announement: Update to Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector from the NECG

The DCYA continues to attend the National Emergency Committee Group today (Saturday 3rd March). The red level warning has been downgraded to orange and yellow throughout the country although caution is advised due to icy conditions on the road and the risk of flooding in isolated areas. 

Most primary routes are now clear, although secondary routes will take longer to clear. Rain will begin to spread from the south today and this will begin the melting process. The NECG are urging people to listen for local weather and transport updates before making any journeys over the weekend. 
>> Preparing to re-open your service
The Dept. of Education and Skills are expecting most schools to re-open on Monday 5th, although local conditions will determine local decisions. 
Taking into account local road conditions and transport provision, DCYA encourages childcare services to assess the situation in their area so that they can prepare to reopen Monday should conditions allow for this to happen safely. Once a decision has been made a communication should be sent to parents as early as possible. 
>> Payment for days affected
DCYA will continue to attend the NECG and will update the sector via PIP and stakeholders as the country returns to normal over the coming 48 hours . Thank you for your cooperation during the past few days.
In addition, in the event that your service has been damaged by the weather, you should contact Dublin City Childcare Committee immediately. 

 Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement

 

PIP Announcement: Update to Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector 2nd March 2018

The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Committee Group today (Friday 2nd March) and although the red weather warning remains in place in some parts of the country over the coming 24 hours, restrictions on travel have been lifted.

Plans are now progressing to clear roads, re-open schools and other services and get the country moving again. There are variations in storm impact across the country and the NECG is urging everyone to exercise caution as the snow thaws over the weekend. 

Re-opening your service

DCYA encorages services to continue to take into account their circumstances locally when making decisions regarding reopening on Monday, in particular with regards to the planned reopening of local schools and resumption of transport services.  Information from across all government departments has been collated on www.gov.ie 

It is important that services maintain contact with parents and communicate with them as early as possible as the country returns to normal over the coming days.

Payment for days affected

Childcare services that were forced to close on Thursday or Friday should download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and return it within four weeks to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DCYA will continue to attend the NECG and will update the sector via PIP and stakeholders as required over the coming days. Thank you for your cooperation during the past few days. 
Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement.
 

PIP Announcement: Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector (28th February) 
The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) has met again this morning following the issuing of a Status Red weather warning in some parts of the country. Conditions are expected to worsen over Thursday and Friday in parts of the country and the NECG are advising that roads should be avoided in Status Red areas due to expected treacherous conditions. DCYA is advising childcare services that local decisions should be taken based on the weather status in their part of the country. In making this decision DCYA strongly advises that services have regard to any Met Eireann weather warnings in place, particularly when a red warning is in operation, the availability of transport, the accessibility of roads and whether schools in the area are open. 

The safety of children, parents and staff is of utmost importance and we are aware that some services have already taken the decision to close their services today on foot of the current snowfall in parts of the country. The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and update further as the day. 

Information from across all government departments regarding the effects of the current weather situation can be found by visiting www.gov.ie 
 
Closures
Early years settings should take decisions based on local conditions and the safety of staff, children and parents.   

Should weather conditions in your locality determine that you must close your service, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes. 

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement

 

PIP Announcement: Update to the Early Years and School Age Childcare Sector

27th February 2018


The DCYA has attended a further meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) to monitor the emerging weather situation. Severe weather is expected towards the latter end of this week. DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service. 

The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and monitor the situation as it evolves. 

Communicating with parents

In particular DCYA asks that childcare providers maintain contact with parents throughout the week in order to keep them informed and to allow time for planning to minimise any possible disruptions. 

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents should be carefully considered by each service and if a childcare service is forced to close due to the worsening weather conditions we encourage childcare services to communicate this to the parents in their service as early as possible. 

We encourage both childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice www.winterready.ie and make the appropriate preparations. 

Closures
Should conditions in your area worsen to an extent where you cannot open your service safely, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes. 

In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222 

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves. 

 Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement

 

PIP Announcement: Notice from DCYA regarding severe weather conditions

26th February 2018

The DCYA has attended the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) which met this morning to plan for severe weather conditions expected later this week. 
DCYA is asking childcare services to be aware of local weather warnings and travel restrictions that may affect their service. 
We encourage childcare services and parents to visit the Winter Ready website for advice (www.winterready.ie) and make the appropriate preparations to minimise disruptions.

The safety and welfare of children, providers, staff and parents is paramount and should be carefully considered by each service.

Should conditions worsen throughout the week childcare providers affected by the weather conditions should note that Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.
In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within four weeks.

Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 511 7222

 

DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders throughout this weather event. We ask that services in turn keep parents updated of the situation in their area. Please stay safe throughout these adverse conditions

Log onto your PIP Portal to view announcement

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