24 July, 2017 – Non-contact payment forms
You must have completed your non-contact payment eform on PIP by this date. See below for details.
22 August, 2017 – Contracts activated
All services must be in contract for each of the programmes they wish to offer by this date. As the DCYA must also activate the contract, make sure your contracts are activated well in advance. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.
25 August, 2017 – Calendars submitted
All service calendars must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.
30 September, 2017 – Fees lists submitted
All fees lists must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.
The non-contact payment eform will be available from Thursday June 29. It will be found in your PIP readiness section – which is on the ‘my service’ tab, where your red/green lights are found. The payments will be made weekly by Pobal. If you submit your form by 11am on a Tuesday, you will be paid by the end of that week. If you submit your form later than that, you will be paid the following week.
Grant Agreements (Contracts) 2017/18
Once you have recertified your PAU, Organisation and Service Details (and have 3 green lights) you can go into the ‘Programme’ Tab and activate your contracts.
CCS Plus contracts
Every provider should have automatic access to the new CCS Plus contracts that will allow you to offer the universal payments to parents. If it is not available on your service page please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your DCYA reference number and Pobal will upload the contract for you to activate.
ECCE fees list and service calendars
You are now able to complete and submit ECCE Fees Lists and Service Calendars on PIP.
Please note that some changes have been introduced to the service calendars this year. Please refer to the How to Guide for more details:
28 Aug – Dec 15 weeks
Jan – March 11 weeks
April – June 12 weeks.
Are you moving your service or changing your legal status?
The DCYA have created the Change of Circumstances Form for use by Service Providers making changes to their Organisation. The form will be included in the 2017/2018 Contract Application Pack and must be completed by contract holders wishing to make changes to their Service’s details.
When there is a change to legal structure, it is a requirement that a new application, along with the change of circumstances form, be submitted to email@example.com.
Information packs about the affordable childcare have been sent to each childcare service and information for parents is also now available on www.affordablechidcare.ie A new FAQ page has been added to the affordable childcare website www.affordablechildcare.ie/faq
If you have questions that don’t appear in the FAQ section, you can contact us and we will pass them on to the DCYA. The poster, leaflet and guidelines that you received in the post from the DCYA are now available in Irish on the affordable childcare website.
The DCYA and Pobal are holding information roadshows regarding the changes. The next event is in Kilkenny on 28th June 6-8pm in The Newpark Hotel.
More information and booking details can be found here. Booking is essential. The demand for places has been very high so Wicklow CCC will hold an information session on Monday 3rd July in The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs at 7pm, again booking is essential – booking form
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) Programme are accepting new* applications for children commencing/returning to the ECCE programme in 2017/2018. Please see your PIP home page. Pobal are advising applicants to submit applications as soon as possible. Childcare providers already in receipt of AIM L7 capitation for children returning in September will be eligible for support. Information on this process will be available on your PIP home page in the coming weeks.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
To book a place on one of the EDI workshops below, please complete our online booking form.
|Laragh||15th July||10am – 4pm FULL|
|19th July||7pm – 10pm FULL|
|24th July||7pm – 10pm FULL|
|26th July||7pm – 10pm FULL|
|Baltinglass||9th Sept||10pm – 4pm|
|11th Sept||7pm – 10pm|
|18th Sept||7pm – 10pm|
|25th Sept||7pm – 10pm|
|Bray||16th Sept||10am – 4pm|
|19th Sept||7pm – 10pm|
|26th Sept||7pm – 10pm|
|3rd Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|3rd Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|10th Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|19th Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|Tinahely||14th Oct||10am – 4pm|
|17th Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|23rd Oct||7pm – 10pm|
|6th Nov||7pm – 10pm|
|Blessington||11th Nov||10am – 4pm|
|13th Nov||7pm – 10pm|
|20th Nov||7pm – 10pm|
|27th Nov||7pm – 10pm|
|Glenview||18th Nov||10am – 4pm|
|23rd Nov||10am – 4pm|
|30th Nov||10am – 4pm|
|7th Dec||10am – 4pm|
AIM Information sessions
6th September Blessington
7th September Newtownmountkennedy
25th October Bray
To attend one of these sessions, please complete our online booking form
Siolta Aistear Introductory Workshop
The Síolta Aistear Introductory workshop provides an overview of the two national early years frameworks, Síolta and Aistear, and the online support tool, the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide.
The 2.5-hour workshop will support participants to;
The next workshop will be held at the following venue:
Early Years Child Protection Survey
An Evaluation is being carried out on the Early Years Child Protection Training Programme and the evaluators would like to hear the views of those who have attended the training. Feedback can be given through a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCFL3C5The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and everyone who completes it will be entered in a draw for a €350 Wesco voucher for their service. If you require any further information please contact Theresa Sweeney on 085 840 8509 or by email , Theresa@dccc.ie.
Invitation to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme Summer Training 2017
Pre-school Providers and staff are invited to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme. This programme provides the information, training, resources and guidance required to become officially recognised as a health promoting pre-school service by the HSE. The training will be delivered over 4 consecutive days (9.30am-3pm) commencing Monday 31st July 2017 in the Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre, Bray. The programme builds on and enhances staff’s existing knowledge and skills in promoting children’s holistic development. It also builds on other health promoting initiatives pre-school staff may have previously engaged in.
The programme includes a focus on the following topics:
Through the programme Pre-school services are supported to achieve compliance with the Pre-school Regulations and to achieve many of the Síolta standards and requirements of Aistear. Portfolio Evidence collated to meet the requirements of becoming a Healthy Ireland Pre-school service may also be used as evidence to achieve Síolta validation and vice versa. Feedback from DES visits to services who have participated in the programme has been very positive.
This programme requires definitive management sign on to support practitioners in implementation. Please communicate to your staff what will be required in terms of commitment. A help desk facility will be available to you throughout attendance at the training and following this, to guide you in implementation, policy and practice.
In recognition of the valuable role Pre-school staff can play in promoting children’s health and well-being, the programme is heavily subsidised by the HSE and participating services will receive a range of resources for their settings and for the parents. Cost of training is €40 per service, one or two staff members may attend.
In order to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme you must agree to the following criteria.
An important element of the programme is to support pre-school services achieve compliance under the Pre-school Regulations if they have not already done so. In order to achieve the Healthy Ireland Award, the Assessor will need to see a copy of your most recent Pre-school Inspection report and any other relevant documents when they visit your service.
The programme will be delivered in:
Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre, Ard Chulainn, Upper Dargle Road, Bray on Monday 31st July, Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd August 2017 from 9.30am-3pm daily.
To book a place for your service please visit our online booking facility.
Click here to view a short video about the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme.
For further information please contact NCN on 047 72469 or visit the Healthy Ireland Smart Start section on our website.