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Reminder - Closure of ECCE 2015/2016 Programme Tomorrow
04 August, 2016

Reminder - Closure of ECCE 2015/2016 Programme Tomorrow

  The 2015 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 31st August 2015 to 24th June 2016 will close at 6pm Friday 5th August 2016. What will happen:- The Status of the ECCE 2015/2016 contract will be changed to ‘Closed’ Once closed groups will not be able to enter new child registrations on the PIP Portal Services are asked to checked all their ECCE registrations and if new registrations are required please do so before the deadline of the 5th August 2016. Servic...

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REMINDER – LINC DEADLINE – 28TH JULY – (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services)
14 July, 2016

REMINDER – LINC DEADLINE – 28TH JULY – (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services)

  KCCC would like to remind all Early Childhood Services that the LINC (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services) Programme is open for application at present. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 PM on Thursday, July 28th. Places are limited!  Get your applications in on time to be in with a chance of participating in the course.   For more details, please see the information below received from the LINC Tea...

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€6.5m investment for major childcare expansion
08 July, 2016

€6.5m investment for major childcare expansion

  60,000 extra children to avail of free services starting in September Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD Friday 8th July, 2016 Dr Katherine Zappone, TD has today announced that more than €6.5m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide. This represents an increase of over 2.5m on the amount of €4m announced for this programme in...

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DCYA Childcare Programmes 2016/17 Contracting Timeline and Next Steps
06 July, 2016

DCYA Childcare Programmes 2016/17 Contracting Timeline and Next Steps

  The Contracting process for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes will begin shortly for the 2016-2017 ‘Programme Call’. The process this year will differ from previous years as it will be carried out by service providers on PIP.  Please see below a summary of the announcements made in recent weeks and the next steps in relation to the re-contracting process.  Please see also a Programme Readiness Timeline&nbs...

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First Early Years Education-Focussed Inspections Published
04 July, 2016

First Early Years Education-Focussed Inspections Published

  Publication of Reports of Education-focused Inspection in Early-Years Settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme The first reports of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills today.  These inspections examine the qual...

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Congratulations Toddlers Lodge
23 June, 2016

Congratulations Toddlers Lodge

  Congratulations to Toddler’s Lodge Preschool in Newbridge who, along with Little Moo-Moos Playschool in North Dublin, were the two big national winners at the Early Childhood Ireland Awards for innovation and learning stories in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel on Saturday 18th June 2016 , where over 30 childcare services from around the country picked up awards.    Toddler’s Lodge Preschool won the National Learning Story Award for its story entitled &ldq...

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Better Pre-School Access for Children with Disabilities ‘Access and Inclusion Model: AIM’ unveiled Minister Zappone urges Parents to apply
15 June, 2016

Better Pre-School Access for Children with Disabilities ‘Access and Inclusion Model: AIM’ unveiled Minister Zappone urges Parents to apply

  Children with disabilities will have better access to pre-school under a new programme of supports unveiled today (15th June 2016) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD. Announcing the new Access and Inclusion Model, or AIM, Minister Zappone said  “This is an important step to break-down barriers preventing children with disabilities from taking part in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme.  Parents and pre-school...

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Fees Policy Process 2016
09 June, 2016

Fees Policy Process 2016

Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Fees Lists and Service Calendars 2016-2017   Processing of Fees Payment Policies (FPP), required as part of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programme Contracts, will begin shortly.   The process this year will differ from previous years as services will be required to complete both a ‘Fees List’ form and a ‘Service Calendar’ form, online on the PIP Portal, for each fun...

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