Statement on Storm Emma and the Early Years sector

Wednesday 28th February 2018

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been working closely with the National Emergency Coordination Group throughout the week to prepare for the adverse weather conditions.

The NECG has met again this morning following the issuing of a Status Red weather warning in some parts of the country.

DCYA has maintained contact with childcare providers and stakeholders throughout the week to keep them informed regarding the weather situation as it evolved.

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 their area area are open.

Provisions are made within the department’s contract with childcare providers for such events and services have been advised that they will be paid for children registered on the government’s childcare schemes should they be forced to close due the weather conditions.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone commented:

“The welfare and safety of children, staff and parents is paramount and we urge everyone to be safe during this time and to be mindful of their local situation with regards to transport and school closures in their area”.

DCYA will continue to participate in the NECG throughout this weather event and issue further advice as the situation evolves.

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List of Training Cancelled due to Status Red Weather Warning

28th February 2018

Due to the status red weather warning issued for Wednesday 28th February, the following training have been cancelled and will be rescheduled:

·       Aistear Síolta Practice Guide - An Introduction scheduled to take place 28th February from 6.00pm - 9.00pm in the Carmelite Community Centre

·       Session 3 of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training scheduled to take place 28th February from 6.00pm - 9.00pm in the Hilton Airport Hotel 


Both training dates will be rescheduled and all participants will be notified of the new training dates. 



Early Years and School Age Capital Grants Funding 2018

Reminder that the Early Years and School Age Capital Grants is now open and will stay open until Friday the 9th of March at 3pm. 
Services can apply through the PIP system.

What can I apply for
The Capital programme in 2018 will invest in capital works and equipment which will contribute to ensuring that all children will have the opportunity in their local area to participate equally in improved Early Years and School Age Childcare services.

It will invest in age appropriate facilities which will be a welcoming and safe environment and promote the health and wellbeing of all children.
The Capital Programme 2018 will be delivered under five strands:
· Strand 1: EY Expansion/New
· Strand 2: EY Essential Building Maintenance (applicable to community services only) 
· Strand 3: EY Natural Outdoor Play Area
· Strand 4: SAC Expansion/New
· Strand 5: SAC Essential Building Maintenance & Quality 
(applicable to community services only) 

The deadline for applications to Pobal is 3pm (15:00 hrs) on Friday 9th March 2018
No applications will be accepted beyond this date and time.
Unfinished applications will not be processed.

Please ensure to read the application guidelines below carefully before beginning an application.

Early Years and School Age Childcare Services Capital Grant 2018 Guidelines

If you have any questions in relation to this year’s Capital Grants please contact Dublin City Childcare Committee on 01 8733696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pobal online support on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./01 5117222



Learner Fund Bursary 2018


The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners 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).

This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process/appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.


To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:

·         Have graduated with a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or


·         Have a Qualification which is on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list, evidenced by a graduating certificate;

·         Have been working in a registered Early Years Service prior to beginning their course;

·         Be currently working in a registered Early Years Service;

·         Have submitted a completed application form (along with all relevant documentation) to their local CCC no later than 5 pm on Wednesday 14th March 2018


In addition:

·         The applicant cannot have received the Learner Fund bursary previously;

·         The applicant cannot have received any public funding  in support of their completing the award relating to this application;

·         A letter of eligibility to practice will also be accepted by DCYA providing the individual has received same on foot of an application made before the end of September


·         The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector. (DCYA is aware that an increasing number of

           qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this)


Timeframe for applications:

Wk beg 19th Feb  2018

Notice of LF bursary application process opening will be published/disseminated by CCCs at local level – CCCs can provide the guide/application form to interested practitioners

26th February

Call for applications open by CCCs

14th March

Deadline for applications – close at 5 p.m.


Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.



Please find application below: 

     Learner Fund Bursary Application February 2018


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