Reminder about Unannounced Compliance Visits 2016/2017
Pobal will continue to make unannounced compliance visits to services up to August 2017.
Most services will be familiar with the compliance process, which involves a series of standardised on-site checks aimed at ensuring adherence with certain programme rules as set out by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA).
Please see link to Service Provider File Checklist which is on PIP Homepage.
Minister Zappone announces 900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme
Monday 27th March, 2017
Applications will open this week for the second intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners which will commence this September. LINC, which was established in 2016 , is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award designed to support inclusion of children with a disability in free pre-school provided under the Government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme
Waterford Childcare Committee is delighted to have just received copies the Greenway Hunt brochures for our greenway walk on Wednesday. Copies of the brochure will be given out so if you are not able to join us, here is the brochure for you to print.
So what are you waiting for the Greenway is there for all to enjoy !
Building a new childcare system, €4m capital funding confirmed Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Monday 20th March, 2017
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has announced that €4m is being provided to improve childcare services.
Minister Zappone says the funding will help put the infrastructure in place to support ambitious plans to turn Ireland’s childcare system from one of the most expensive in the world to the best.
The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme is to be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other early year services under three strands:
· Strand 1: Additional childcare places (€3 million)
· Strand 2: Building improvements and maintenance (€500,000)
· Strand 3: Natural outdoor play areas (€500,000)
Minister Zappone said;
“As Minister I am determined that we will deliver quality, affordable, accessible childcare.
Our goals are ambitious. We must lift the cost barrier which is preventing too many families from accessing services.
Today (Monday 20th March 2017) we take another step to putting the infrastructure in place to support our plans by providing €4m in capital funding – matching the increased funding secured for the scheme last year.
I encourage providers to use this scheme to increase both the quantity and quality of childcare places.
This funding is in addition to €3m we announced earlier this month to improve childcare services for children of school-going age.
As this money is being made available I am also progressing the legislation which will underpin the radical new approach to subsidising childcare outlined as part of Budget 2017.
In the coming months we will continue progressing our plans with a view to ensuring that families will start benefiting in the Autumn.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
Over 1,000 services received capital funding under the 2016 capital scheme enabling all qualifying applications to be fully funded. All of this funding has been fully utilised and as a result a significant number of new childcare places have become available to children entering the ECCE (free pre-school) programme from January 2017. The 2017 Capital programme will build on the success of last years programme and increase both the quantity and the quality of childcare places.”
Strand 1 will accommodate applications from childcare providers who wish to create additional childcare places for children in the 0-5 age range. The maximum grant available under this strand is €50,000 and is intended to allow for the full cost of a minor expansion project or the purchase of a temporary structure.
Strand 2 will provide grants of up to a maximum of €20,000 for building improvements and maintenance and is exclusively for community (not for profit) early years services. These grants are being provided to ensure that community services continue to be fit for purpose and are energy efficient. Grants under this strand will be provided for essential repairs to the existing building and facilities, replacement of the building’s fixtures and fittings, works highlighted as a direct result of an inspection by TUSLA or other competent authorities, and for works to remove internal divides or rearrange internal spaces to improve efficiency.
Strand 3 provides funding for natural outdoor play areas, to create opportunities for children to play outdoors, in a way which promotes physical development, provides health benefits and facilitates children to learn about risk and challenges in a natural and safe environment. This initiative is targeted at smaller services that have not previously availed of such funding. Under early years regulations, services are required to provide outdoor space for children, and this measure seeks to improve the quality of these. Services can apply for grants of up to a maximum of €5,000.
Pobal will be responsible for administering the programme on behalf of the Department. Further details and information on how to make an application for funding will be available shortly on the Pobal website www.pobal.ie.
The attached document CCSP FAQ contains details on eligibility criteria, how to apply, the difference between CCS and CCS Plus and further essential information.
Inspections are showing a continued trend of services with staff not garda vetted. Tusla are going to start escalating this non-compliances as per Q91 below, in addition if they come across a service with no staff garda vetted which they have, they will be closing the service until garda vetting is obtained. It is important for us all to get out remainders to all services as below.
It is extremely important for all staff to have garda vetting. Please see details from Tusla FAQ Question 91 below. It is therefore important to plan for potential relief staffing needs and to complete risk assessments for recruitment.
Q91. How does the National Vetting Bureau Children & Vulnerable Persons Act, 2012 impact on
my early years service?
A: From the 29th April 2016 it is a criminal offence not to have Garda vetting disclosure when working with children and vulnerable adults.
If a person was employed in a service before April 29th 2016 and when Tusla inspect and it is found that there is no Garda vetting disclosure, it will result in:
· A non compliance on the inspection report
· Conditions will be added to the registration.
Where new staff members commences in a service after the 29th April 2016 and the staff member has no Garda vetting disclosure on Inspection Tusla early years inspectorate will be asking the registered provider to remove the person from the service until the Garda vetting disclosure is received in the Inspectorate.
Learner Fund Bursary is closing Tuesday 17th January at 5pm.
Learner Fund Bursary Application Form
DCYA has requested CCCs to inform all Early Years Services about the new
Learner Fund Bursary and the process of applying for it.
The DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to EY 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 list is available on www.dcya.ie
Please read the application form closely and cross check with the recognized
qualifications list to clarify whether you are eligible to apply for the
The Waterford Childcare Committee Consultation Forum convened on Tuesday 22nd November to provide an opportunity for parents, childminders, services and other key stakeholders to review the proposed Affordable Childcare Scheme and the DCYA consultation questions on the ACS. A summary of the discussion is presented at the following link acs-survey-25112016. The DCYA Affordable Childcare Scheme Consultation survey was completed by Waterford Childcare Committee and submitted to DCYA on the 25th November 2016.”