Here are the important dates and information to note for this week 27th July 2018.
Grant Agreements 2018/2019
Please be advised the Grant Agreements for 2018/2019 are now available on the PIP portal for service providers to review. You will need to sign your grant agreements before you can register any children for 2018/2019.
We would ask services who have uploaded their fee policies to check their status on PIP. For those in draft they need to be completed and submitted, and those queried please amend and resubmit.
You will need to have approved fees lists and calendars for the return of the children in September. We have to approve fees lists and will not be able to respond quickly enough if everyone waits until the last week in August to submit them.
If you can do them now, you will have them checked and approved in plenty of time and won’t be putting yourselves under pressure in late August/early September.
For services who still have to commence your Fees list on PIP please familiarise yourself with the “How to Guide” which is up on PIP as there are some changes for 2018 particularly page 5.
If you need any assistance please contact us.
Please find a link to the DCYA Childcare Funding Programme Optional Extras Guide below –
When drawing up your fees lists remember the following:
Additional charges must be ‘optional’ and parents must be free to opt out or in.
Additional charges must be fair – you cannot charge for something that is normally part of the preschool provision i.e. your fee-paying parents would get without paying extra.
Be specific about what the parents are being expected to pay for. If you are going to charge for late collection, specify what that means.
TRAINING & INFORMATION EVENTS:
We have limited availability on the following upcoming training events:
Enjoying Irish with Young Children – 13th September, Glenview Hotel
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – 22nd September (10am-4pm), 1st , 8th and 15th October (7pm-10pm)
Preparation for Dept. Of Education Inspections – 26th September, Laragh
Speech & Language Development – 9th October, Glenview Hotel
Siolta & Aistear Foundations – 16th October, Glenview Hotel
Children First – Child Protection – 1st Nov Blessington
Childcare Professionals Day 24th November – Details tbc
For details about these workshops and our booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2kwRStO
AIM level 5 funding (equipment and appliances)
Any changes in the attendance of the child in receipt of this funding must be notified to Pobal using the notification of change form on PIP.
CCS/P top-up payments
For those ECCE/CCS/P services with either higher capitation or LINC qualifications, the top up payments have been made as a special allocation payment. There is a notice on PIP. If you have any queries about this payment please contact Pobal through firstname.lastname@example.org. We won’t be able to answer questions on these payments.
Reminder of the week
Please consider doing your fees lists and calendars as soon as possible.
Please also check ‘PIP Announcements’ on a regular basis for any updates.
If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.