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CORK COUNTY CHILDCARE COMMITTEE

For Childcare Providers in your area

We are Hiring

Cork County Childcare Committee Ltd. wish to recruit for the following positions:

Ukraine Support Worker 
This is a fixed purpose contract for 3 days per week (21 hours) until 31st December 2024.

Information Officer/Administrator-Dunmanway Office.

This is a specified purpose contract of 25 hours per week to cover maternity leave.

To apply please complete the application form below and return to: Tina Hayes, Acting Coordinator, Cork County Childcare Committee, The Market House, Richmond Street, Buttevant, Co. Cork, P51 FRD0 or by email to: thayes@corkchildcare.ie

For Job description, person specification and application form click below

Cork County Childcare Committee: Ukraine Support Worker & Information Officer / Administrator | activelink

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Wednesday 28th February 2024. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Candidates will be short listed based on information supplied in their application.

A panel may be formed from applicants for future appointments.

This Weeks News & Information Bulletin
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Deadlines / Important Dates

Thursday 21st March 2024

Playing Outside Grant Verification Checks 

Friday 22nd March 2023 Financial reporting deadline for Core Funding 

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 

Building Blocks Expansion Grant 2024 
 

Playing Outside Grants 2021

Pobal will be performing verification checks on all Playing Outside Grants 2021. From 21 February 2024, services are being asked via a targeted HIVE notification to submit returns for the Playing Outside Grant 2021.This notification is to advise that your service is subject to a verification check.  Relevant documentation (such as supporting invoices and bank statements) are required to be submitted on the Hive return portal which will be open from 21/02/24 to 21/03/24 for completion by your registered PAU. 
In advance of uploading any information to the Hive return portal, please consult the relevant documents in the Hive Resources Section:  
1. Refer to the Verification Check System Use Guidance and note the specific verification requirements (pages 2-3). 
2. Refer to the Application Guidelines noting the examples of eligible and ineligible expenses for the Playing Outside Grant 2021 (pages 6-8).
The services will have until 21/03/24 to submit returns.

Click Here for further information in full Bulletin

NCS changes

As of 17/02/2024 there is going to be a significant change to HIVE.
Now, when parents end the award (CHICK) it will make the current claim invalid and service providers will have to end the claim before they can create a new one.
From 17/02/2024, a parent ending their award on NCS will automatically end the claim too. Therefore, service providers will not have to end the claim and if child is still in the service, they can create a new claim with the new CHICK without ending the current claim.
To help understand this new process, please see some FAQs Here.

Building Blocks Expansion Grant

The Department of Children, Equality, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) circulated a press release today (Thursday 22 February 2024), in relation to Building Blocks – Expansion Grant Scheme.   Applications are now available on the Early Years Hive by navigating to Programmes – Building Blocks Application.  Applications will close on April 3rd, 2024.
Detailed information regarding Building Blocks - Expansion Grant, is available in the Application Guidelines Here. Applicants can contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) with any queries by raising a service request on the Early Years Hive under the programme: ‘Building Blocks - Expansion Grant’ and selecting the relevant sub-category.

Trauma Informed Training

Cork County and Cork City Childcare Committees in partnership with Tusla have organised Trauma Informed Training for Childcare Providers. Please see attached brief on what the training entails, and the cost. Further information on the training provided is available by clicking Here. This training may fulfil goals as identified through the Core Funding Quality Action Plan. Places on the course need to be booked by completing the attached booking form and returned to training@corkchildcare.ie.
Current Training Dates: Both dates must be completed to receive certification. 
•    Saturday March 23rd and Saturday Mach 30th March from 9:00am to 1:00pm 
•    Tuesday April 9th and Monay April 15th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm 
•    Saturday April 20th and Saturday April 27th from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Public Consultation on New Draft Childminding Regulations

Minister O’Gorman launched the public consultation on the New Draft Childminding Regulations. 

This public consultation aims to ensure that as many childminders as possible can have their say. Cork City and County Childcare Committees will facilitate focus groups with childminders and parents throughout the county. These focus groups will be held in person and online.
The childminder focus groups are open to anyone who was a childminder, is currently a childminder or is thinking of becoming a childminder. We are also facilitating a specific focus group for parents.

Book your place:
To book your place at one of the consultations please click Here:

Wednesday 28th February:
Cork City Childcare Committee office, Suite 1, John Dunlop House, Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park Road, Cork, T12 P9PV; 7pm – 9pm; in person focus group
Tuesday 5th March:
Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51HE63; 7pm – 9pm; in person focus group
Wednesday 20th March:
Cork County Childcare Committee, Unit 12, Underhill Commercial Park, Underhill, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, P47 E271; 7pm – 9pm; in person focus group
Thursday 21st March:
Cork City & County Childcare Committee Focus Group; 7pm – 9pm; online focus group
Parent only Focus Group:
Tuesday 26th March:
Cork City & County Childcare Committee Focus Group; 7pm – 9pm; online focus group

 

For further information on the focus groups, please contact:
Nessa on 021 4310500 / nessa@corkcitychildcare.ie
Denise on 022 23880 / dquinlan@corkchildcare.ie

Minister O’Gorman’s Press Release can be accessed Here.

Public Consultation Information can be accessed Here and Here.

Measles outbreak 

In recent months there has been a rise in cases of measles in parts of the UK and Europe. On 7th February the HSE reported the death of an adult with confirmed measles. This is the first confirmed measles case notified in Ireland in 2024. The HSE is writing to ask for your support in raising awareness among parents, guardians and staff about: 
•     Watching out for the symptoms of measles 
•    The importance of the MMR vaccine in protecting children

(Please see the English poster Here and Irish Version Here)

Core Funding Reporting Requirement Year 1

The DCEDIY have agreed a transitional arrangement for financial reporting to cover year 1 and year 2 of the Core Funding scheme. It should be noted that the Financial Management Tool is optional. The financial reporting deadline for Core Funding is 22nd March 2024. The Income and Expenditure Report will significantly reduce the reporting requirement on partner services.
Relevant documents can be located on Hive> Resources>Programme Documents>Core Funding documents> Core Funding Reporting Requirement Year 1 (2022/23)
Please contact your Development Worker if you require support.

Click Here for further information in full Bulletin

Notice for services located in schools - closure day due to referendums (8 March)

Early Learning and Care/School Age Childcare Providers located within a school premises or on the school grounds, and where the school is used as a polling station for elections/referendums on a day which the ELC/SAC service is scheduled to be open are not required:
•    to amend their calendars or
•    apply for force majeure
Services providing the ECCE programme are not required to make up that day for the purposes of meeting the 182 day rule in the programme year.

Ireland Reads Day 

Ireland Reads Day on Saturday, the 24th of February is almost here! The aim is to get everyone to ‘get lost in a good book’ on the 24th of February, Ireland Reads Day – whether that’s reading a book, a newspaper, a comic – whatever works. There are lots of events taking place in libraries across the country too so please visit www.irelandreads.ie  or check in with your local library. Ireland Reads is a campaign from Irish libraries, Adult Literacy for Life, Children’s Books Ireland, Age Friendly Ireland, booksellers, publishers and others to get the whole country reading. This is an initiative of the government of Ireland funded by Healthy Ireland.

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Cork County Childcare Committee was formed in 2001 and is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) to improve the quality of childcare in Cork County.   

In addition to supporting the administration of all Government funding programmes for childcare; City and County Childcare Committees work with early childhood services and childminders looking for support with quality development, HR, governance, financial sustainability and continuing professional development.  

We also work with Parents to locate childcare best suited to their families needs, and advise on relevant government funded schemes etc.

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