DCYA PRESS RELEASE: 5th November 2019

Minister Zappone welcomes international recognition for AIM programme

Published: 5 December 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

  • additional funding of €10 million secured under Budget 2020 for the programme, which provides both universal and targeted supports to help children with disabilities participate in mainstream pre-school
  • over 11,700 children in over 3,200 services nationally have received supports to date

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, has today welcomed the shortlisting of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) for two significant international awards. The programme provides a range of both universal and targeted supports to help children with disabilities access and fully participate in free, mainstream pre-school.

AIM has been shortlisted for an Innovation award as part of the European Social Services Awards, as well as a Zero Project Award, in recognition of the programme’s significant contribution to children’s inclusion.

AIM supports respond to the needs of the child and to the needs of the pre-school setting the child is participating in. They promote inclusion for children with disabilities in mainstream pre-schools, and access for all children to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) free pre-school programme. AIM was launched in June 2016, with the first supports rolled out in time for the 2016/2017 pre-school year.

Since the launch of the scheme, over 11,700 children in over 3,200 services nationally have benefited directly from targeted supports. In an independent review carried out in the second year of AIM’s operation, 78% of parents reported their child had benefited, and 76% of services said that AIM had made the culture at their preschool more inclusive.

Minister Zappone recently announced €10 million in additional funding for AIM under Budget 2020.

Welcoming the nominations, Minister Zappone said:

“Participation in pre-school benefits all children, and the benefits can be even greater for children with disabilities. We want to make sure early learning and care providers are given all the supports they need to make all our pre-schools truly inclusive.
“The increased funding for AIM under Budget 2020 will enable up to 1,000 more children to benefit directly from targeted supports.
“I am delighted that the AIM programme has been recognised for its innovation and its impact, and wish the team the best of luck in the awards.”

For more information on AIM, check www.aim.gov.ie.

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PIP announcement: NCS Attendance Returns

***National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Attendance Returns***

Dear Early Years’ Service Provider,

The National Childcare Scheme was launched on Wednesday, 20th November and many of you will now be submitting returns on a weekly basis. Below are some useful reminders regarding returns:

– Returns must be submitted on a weekly basis for all children attending your service who are registered for the National Childcare Scheme.

– Returns for the previous week will become available for submission on the Early Years Hive each Sunday at 23.30 and need to be successfully submitted by the following Wednesday at 23.30 in order for payments to reach your registered bank account by the following Friday.

– Any returns submitted outside of this timeframe will subsequently be processed the following week as a result.

– Please see the Returns quick guide on the Early Years Hive for assistance on how to submit a return.

– Two new attendance tracker tools have also been added to the Programme Information section of the Early Years Hive; a 5-day version and a 7-day version. It is not a requirement for service providers to use these tools, however, you may find them helpful for keeping accurate attendance records for the children attending your service.

If you need any further clarification, please contact your local CCC or the Early Years Provider Centre on 01 511 7222 / eypc@pobal.ie.

National Childcare Scheme is now open

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) website has been updated and the subsidy calculator is online.  Parents can now apply to join the scheme.


To apply online please click on the link below and hit the ‘apply’ button (under the NCS logo, top right)



To go directly to the subsidy calculator click here: https://ncs.gov.ie/en/childcare-subsidy-calculator-input/

PIP Announcement re: CCSP Closing Date (Today) 15th November

CCSP Closing 15th November​

CCSP will close for new registrations at midnight on Friday 15th.  Registrations with a status of submitted, provisional or approved will be eligible saver registrations.   Any amendments to registrations can be made during the saver management windows.

Under no circumstances will new registrations will be accepted or approved after 15th November.


Please see link to Savers FAQs here

PIP Announcement re: Early Years Provider Centre – Email Queries

Early Years Provider Centre – Email Queries


As many Services are currently performing NCS Program Readiness Activities we are receiving high volumes of email queries.


To assist in the speedy resolution of these queries please ensure that you include the following details in every email you send to eypc@pobal.ie


  1. The Service’s DCYA reference Number


  1. The Senders PIP User name


  1. The Senders PIP User Email Address linked to the account.


Omission of these authentication details can result in delays in provision of a resolution to queries submitted by email.



Should you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us



Early Years Provider Centre – Contact Team.

PIP Announcement: Compliance 2019/2020 Programme Cycle

Compliance Announcement 2019/2020 Programme cycle:

Unannounced compliance visits are commencing on ECCE and the Transitional targeted childcare programmes. Visits will continue for the duration of the programme cycles. Note: Services operating ECCE only sessions will not be visited outside of the ECCE programme cycle.
As previously, the compliance process will involve a series of standardised on-site checks aimed at ensuring adherence with certain programme rules and contract conditions as set out by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA). Attendance records will be reviewed as a priority during compliance visits.
To ensure compliance with each programme’s requirements, services must familiarise themselves with the following:
·        Relevant programme Funding Agreements
·        DCYA Rules for ECCE programme
·        Transitional Rules for DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes (including Attendance record rules and Appendix 2 “Good Practice Guide – Attendance records”)
·        PIP “How to” Guides
·        Announcements available on the PIP Portal (and Pobal and DCYA websites).
Compliance visits will comprise checks on records held on site in respect of the following Early Years Programmes i.e.
·        Free Pre-school Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme
·        Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) (Including Universal Subsidy               (CCSU))
·        Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CCSR)
·        Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CCSR(T))
·        Training and Employment Childcare (TEC)
It is advised that services prepare for an unannounced compliance visit by collating relevant information for review e.g. in a Compliance Folder/File which can be made readily available to the Visit Officer on arrival. This will ensure minimum disruption and expedite the compliance visit. It is acknowledged that some services file their records in alternative ways which is acceptable, but it should be noted that records must be available to enable the Visit Officer to complete the compliance visit in a reasonable timescale. In this regard we request that the person in charge on site has access to the Compliance Folder / records in the event of an unannounced visit. Please only maintain compliance related information in the Compliance Folder.
This cycle, a new Compliance Guide for Service Providers is available. This document describes the compliance visit process in relation to the ECCE and Transitional programmes as outlined above and provides guidance and assistance to service providers when preparing for a compliance visit. Please see the relevant link here to the document and also on the PIP homepage and PIP Portal. The Compliance Guide for Service Providers   includes as Appendix 1 – the Compliance Checklist for Service Providers for the 2019/2020 cycle, to assist services in collating the relevant information to meet compliance requirements.  Please note that this checklist contains a separate section for each of the Early Years programmes. In addition, Appendix 2- Compliance Categorisations, includes the compliance categories assigned for each programme reviewed at a visit i.e. Compliant, Minor non-compliant, Moderate non-compliant and Major non-compliant.  Further detail of the possible issues identified under each of the non-compliant categorisations per programme is also included in this Appendix.
Following the commencement of the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), to accommodate service providers in meeting PIP registration updating responsibilities, in line with the relevant DCYA programme rules, there are “proposed dates” for CCSP ‘Saver Management’ windows in the 2019/2020 cycle. These were previously included in a PIP announcement dated 30/09/19 “CCSP and TEC closing dates”. Please note the dates for the “Saver Management” windows are subject to change – refer to PIP Announcements for updates.
A further update will be issued in advance of checks commencing on the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS). It is important that all relevant information is maintained from the commencement of registrations under this scheme.

PIP Maintenance announcemnt

PIP Maintenance

Please be aware that necessary maintenance to our IT systems will take place from 5 pm on Thursday 14th of November to 9 am Friday 15th of November 2019. Service Providers will not be able to submit new child registrations on PIP during the maintenance window.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Be Winter Ready

Be Winter Ready

The Government recently launched the ‘Be Winter Ready’ 2019-2020 Information Campaign focusing this year on the different colour coding associated with Met Éireann weather warning.  We would encourage everyone to visit www.winterready.ie to enable us all, as individuals and as communities, to be prepared for the winter months ahead.
Further details on the Be Winter Ready Information Campaign 2019-2020 can be found under following link

FAR Reimbursement

Application closing date for payment in quarter 3 is Tuesday 19th November.

Carlow CCC would like to remind you, if you have not availed of it already, of the Minister’s agreement to financially support Registered Providers compliance with Regulation 25, First Aid: First Aid Responder( FAR). This funding, available through a FAR Reimbursement Application Process, administered by ourselves enables you to access a full or refresher FAR training at a reimbursement cost of 1 x course, up to the value of €225.
As per previous communications on FAR, this funding covers one place per registered service, in order to claim the costs of funding, you must ensure the following;
• The FAR trainer can issue you with a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Certificate.
• You complete the attached FAR Reimbursement Application Form and return it to us accompanied by a copy of your certificate, along with a copy of your payment invoice/receipt.
Please note:
The timeline for all registered services to comply with Regulation 25, is beginning of June 2020, therefore we urge you to ensure you engage in this training and avail of this financial support as soon as possible.
Carlow CCC will process payments on a quarterly basis, details on the application form.
Should you have any queries on the above, please contact Connie on 059 9140244 or email connie@carlowccc.ie

DCYA PRESS RELEASE re: Minister Zappone launches the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024


Minister Zappone launches the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024

Published: 4 November 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

  • CYPSC plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national level
  • Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019–2024 provides road map for further development of CYPSC initiative over the next five years
  • there are 27 CYPSC established nationwide
  • CYPSC are co-funded by DCYA, Tusla and the Healthy Ireland Initiative – total budget for CYPSC in 2019 is €4.6 million

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today launched the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024 .

CYPSC are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national level.

The aim of Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019–2024 is to provide a road map for the further development of the CYPSC initiative over the next five years.

Shared Vision Next Steps 2019 – 2024 is the successor to the Blueprint for the Development of Children and Young People’s Services Committees 2015 – 2017. It takes stock of progress and identifies the most immediate actions which need to be addressed and advanced. This will assist CYPSC to further develop in a strategic, integrated and sustainable manner to support the co-ordination and planning of efficient and effective services for children and young people.

Minister Zappone said:

“Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) bring together a diverse group of agencies in their local areas to engage in joint planning of services for children and young people. I see them as a key inter-agency vehicle for the roll-out of initiatives in collaboration with other partners. These efforts are ensuring that our services and supports are planned and coordinated in a way that is responsive and relevant to the needs of our children and young people.
Through ‘Shared Vision Next Steps 2019 – 2024’, the main focus for CYPSC over the next five years is to build and consolidate on the positive work to date, to identify local and national priorities and to foster further collaboration to effect change in local communities. Joined up working and joined up thinking and leadership, both locally and nationally, will be at the forefront of DCYA, CYPSC and Tusla efforts.
Through the actions in ‘Shared Vision, Next Steps 2019 – 2024’, I am confident that both now and in years to come, the impact of these initiatives will be significant, as it will support children and young people, their families, their communities and vulnerable groups who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.”