Compliance Announcement 2019/2020 Programme cycle:
Compliance Announcement 2019/2020 Programme cycle:
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.
Be Winter Ready
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:
Almost all early years service providers have now received an invitation to the Early Years Hive to complete a series of readiness steps.
All steps must be completed on the new Early Years Hive so that services will be Parent Ready on November 20th when the National Childcare Scheme is launched.
To ensure you are parent ready on 20th November the PAU for your organisation must complete the following steps:
1. Click on the invitation link sent to the PAUs email address
2. Complete the readiness tasks by submitting the following:-
– Bank account details;
– Tusla registration;
– Service calendar;
– Fees list;
– NCS Programme Application.
Once all of the above steps have been completed you will be ready to register CHICKS from parents wishing to avail of the National Childcare Scheme from 20th November.
The Early Years Hive will be available for new service providers to on-board from Tuesday 12th , November.
Contact Early Years Provider Centre on 01 5117222 or email email@example.com for any queries.
CCSP Closing Friday 15th November.
Reminder that CCSP will close on Friday, 15th November. No new child registrations will be allowed on the CCSP scheme after this date.
Any changes to existing child registrations can only be made during ‘Saver Management Windows’
TEC programmes will remain open for new registrations until 14th February, 2020
|National Childcare Scheme – Training Resources|
|In preparation for the arrival of the National Childcare Scheme, Service Provider training sessions have been conducted since the 11th of March.
Several hundred training sessions have taken place with thousands of Service Providers, numerous Supporting Organisations and a wide variety of Sign-Posting Organisations attending.
In support of the launch of the National Childcare Scheme on the 20th of November the NCS Training Team have developed a series of training resources.
A selection of Applicant and Service Provider training videos are now available to all on the National Childcare Scheme’s official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1sQs1H5WJPyByl-pMkqYA).
The training video playlists are characterised by Applicant and Service Provider and are available on the following channels.
In addition, 2 webinars have been recorded which demonstrate NCS Returns and Funding. The links to register to view the recordings is shown below.
We would like to thank all of the stakeholders who assisted us throughout this process, the City and County Childcare Committees who delivered hundreds of training sessions, and to all of the Service Providers and multiple Organisations who gave up their valuable time to attend the training/information sessions.
Be sure to visit ncs.gov.ie for more information about the National Childcare Scheme.
Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare
Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children
Extensive programme of engagement and consultation with key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers to take place
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today (Tuesday) addressed the inaugural meeting of the Expert Group tasked with developing a new funding model for early learning and care and school-age childcare.
Delivering on a commitment in First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028,
the Expert Group has been convened to examine the current model of funding for early learning and care and school-age childcare and its effectiveness in delivering quality, affordable, sustainable and inclusive services. The Group will make recommendations on how additional funding for the sector can be structured to deliver on these objectives going forward.
The Expert Group is independently chaired by Michael Scanlan, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children, and includes national and international experts in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare systems; funding and quality; economics; and relevant policy experts from Government Departments as follows:
Addressing the Group this morning the Minister reflected on the significant progress that has been made in recent years in transforming the system for early learning and care and school-age childcare. For example, the numbers of children benefitting from State supported early learning and childcare has more than doubled since 2015. Free-pre-school provided under the ECCE Programme has increased from one year to two years. Supports have been put in place for children with additional learning needs to access this Programme and there have been very significant increases in subsidies for families who need it most.
The Minister also noted the challenges that remain, including the cost of early learning and care and school-age childcare to families, which remains higher in Ireland than in other OECD countries and the quality of provision, which remains variable. The Minister also restated her support for better pay and conditions for staff in the sector given the critical role they play in supporting young children’s early learning and development and providing a safe and caring environment.
The Minister said:
The Minister described the funding model as the:
The Expert Group will meet 12 times in total over the next two years and their recommendations will submitted to Government for approval.
A research partner will also be contracted to deliver rigorous, evidence-based inputs that will support the work of the Group. They will, under the direction of the Group, lead an extensive programme of engagement and consultation with the key stakeholders for the project including with children, parents, the workforce and providers.