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.

 

 

 

DCYA Announcement 5th March 2018

Capital application window extended due to adverse effects of weather

New deadline of 3pm Wednesday 14th March 2018

Childcare Providers given extra three working days to complete applications


Monday 5th March, 2018

Due to the unforeseen delays and inconveniences caused to childcare providers across the country by the recent bad weather, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, today announced the extension of the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital application window by three working days, to Wednesday the 14th of March 2018 at 3pm.

It is hoped that the revised application window will allow for applicants whose preparations were affected by the recent red weather warning to complete their application forms as planned before the close of the deadline.
Services are invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, across the following five strands.

 

Purpose of grant

Max. Grant available

Strand 1 (Early Years)

Expansion/New

€50,000

Strand 2 (Early Years)

Essential Maintenance (Community only)

€20,000

Strand 3 (Early Years)

Natural outdoor play area

€7,000

Strand 4 (School Age)

Expansion/New

€20,000

Strand 5 (School Age)

Essential Maintenance (Community only)

€10,000

 

Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any help or guidance they may require in completing their applications for capital funding before the application window closes.

Click here to view full announcement: https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4606 

If you have any queries about your application please contact Dublin City Childcare Committee. 

 

 

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 
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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.

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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. 

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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

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