EYES Update 20 September 2022

EYES Update 20 September 2022

Early Childhood Ireland’s Early Years Employer Service (EYES) can be contacted, by phone on (01) 405 7103 or by email on eyes@earlychildhoodireland.ie. The EYES team is here to help with a range of issues related to the running of an early years and school age service so please get in touch with us.

 

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Question:

We are currently recruiting for an additional staff member; how do I check the applicant’s qualifications meet the minimum qualification requirements?

Answer: 

This DCEDIY approved list contains all qualifications which have been approved by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. If the early childhood care and education qualification does not appear on the list, they may apply to have it assessed for approval. Full information the approval process is available here (A download link to the application form is located at the bottom of the page).

Once the applicant has completed the form, they can send a scanned copy of the form and supporting documents to eyqualifications@equality.gov.ie

Note: Only PDF/JPEG documents can be accepted.

In situations where an applicant has lost their Further Education and Training certificate awarded by NCVA/FETAC/QQI they may choose to apply to QQI for a replacement certificate. Please note, QQI cannot replace lost certificates awarded before January 2016. They can however provide the applicant with a statement of their results. This is called a record of awards. A record of awards provides a learner’s historical results. It confirms the awards attained, the components completed, and the grades achieved. There is a €20 fee for this service.

The applicant can request a further education and training record of awards by competing the following application form.  Further information can be found here.

AIM Level 1 – Application for Increased Capitation for services with new graduates of the LINC course is now open

The AIM Level 1 application process for the increased Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) capitation is open on the Hive for services with new graduates of the Leadership for INClusion (LINC). ‘New graduates’ refers to those who are graduating in October 2022.  AIM Level 1 is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the LINC Co-ordinator, during the 2022/2023 pre-school year. The process for existing graduates (those who graduated in previous years) was launched earlier in the summer.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.  Applications received by 5pm on Friday, 28 October 2022 will be awarded the additional capitation from the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s start date for the programme year.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years HIVE portal.  Applicant guidelines can be found here.

Should you have any queries in relation to the AIM Level 1 application process please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE using the following categories:

  • Programme: AIM Level 1
  • Request type: Application
  • Request type detail: How To
Interim Funding and Core Funding payment schedules

Core Funding will be activated from Thursday, 15 September 2022 in line with the commencement of the ERO. Subsequently, Interim Funding will only be paid to Wednesday, 14 September 2022.

The table below shows the contract cuts offs and subsequent payments for services:

Contracts Received Funding Strand Payment Weeks Payment Issued
COB Monday, 22 August 2022 Interim Funding One week 1- 7 September 2022 Friday 26 August 2022
One week 8-14 September 2022 Friday, 2 September 2022
COB Monday, 29 August 2022 Interim Funding Two weeks 1- 14 September 2022 Friday, 2 September 2022
COB Monday, 5 September 2022 Interim Funding Two weeks 1-14 September 2022 Friday, 9 September 2022
Midnight, 9 September 2022 Interim Funding Two weeks 1-14 September 2022 Friday, 16 September 2022

Key points:

  • The first Core Funding payments will issue this week for services that have completed the contracting process by accepting the funding agreements.
  • Payments in respect of the first two weeks of Core Funding (15th September 2022 – 28th September 2022) will be providers’ accounts on Friday, 16th September 2022 for providers who have completed the accepted the funding agreements.
  • Future Core Funding payments from Thursday, 29th September 2022 onwards will be in respect of four or five weekly allocations.
Programme compliance – ECCE, NCS, Core Funding including Interim Funding

It is the responsibility of the Service Provider to ensure compliance with their regulatory and contractual requirements. Programme compliance checklists are available on the HIVE and are intended for information purposes only and is not exhaustive. It is essential that Service Providers are familiar with scheme information including Provider Funding Agreement (including all appendices), Policy Guidelines, and relevant guidance documents and resources available on the Hive. For further information please refer to Programme Documents on the Early Years Providers HIVE available here.

***Did you know?***

The Early Years Hive has a range of templates to support Service Providers in meeting their contractual requirements, available under the Programme rules.

Department of Education Insights webinar series – Quality in Early Years Education webinars

Department of Education have developed a webinars series on Quality in Early Years Education. Each of these short webinars will take around 15 minutes to watch. They have been developed by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and are designed to share the findings, ideas and examples of effective practice that have been gathered during inspection visits to thousands of diverse early years education settings across Ireland since 2016.

The webinars also draw on evaluations carried out in other early years education settings in primary schools. Inspections are informed by our Guide to Early Years Education Inspections and by Looking at Our School 2016 A Quality Framework for Primary Schools .

Health & Safety – Road Safety

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) resources and awareness campaigns are designed to help pre-school children stay safe on our roads. RSA advocates the importance of introducing road safety to children at an early age so that they can learn the basics of how to stay safe while using the road. RSA offer a range of resources which tailor road safety messages to engage with young children Early Learning and Care, School aged childcare and childminding settings and pre-school children (under five years of age). Beep Beep Day is a national road safety awareness day for young children. Beep Beep Day packs will be available to order from Wednesday, 7 September 2022. You can order packs and resources here.

Wellbeing for Educators, Practitioners and Childminders in ELC and SAC settings.

In early learning and care, school aged childcare and childminding settings, we recognise that the workforce is at the heart of high-quality early childhood education and school aged childcare. Naturally, the service devotes time to the needs of the children and their families, but it is just as important to plan for and support the wellbeing of Educators, Practitioners and Childminders in early learning and care, school-aged childcare, and childminding settings.

Dr Mary O’Kane will deliver two one-hour webinars for early years educators and school age practitioners.

Dr Mary O’Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology and Early Childhood Education teaching with the Open University. Popular for sharing her expertise in a warm and relatable way, Mary is a regular contributor to Ireland AM on both parenting and early childhood education issues. She gives public talks on a range of topics related to child wellbeing, parenting, and education, and is well known for her humorous down to earth approach.

Educator/Practitioner Well-being with Dr. Mary O’Kane

Date and time: Thursday, 15 September 2022 at 6:30 pm

Register link: https://irlgov.webex.com/irlgov/j.php?RGID=r02d7a382c6fb40feedc9150dcd03fcd3

Child Well-being with Dr. Mary O’Kane

Date and time: Thursday, 22 September 2022 at 6:30 pm

Register link: https://irlgov.webex.com/irlgov/j.php?RGID=rddf9f8a9d183141ede2e54a35b7d545b

Please note both of these events will be recorded.

In addition, Barnardo’s have developed a useful resource containing advice and helpful tips on supporting team wellbeing in Early Learning and Care, available here. Moreover, this free webinar was hosted by Barnardo’s as part of the Aontas Adult Learner Festival is aimed at all those working with children in early learning and care, school aged childcare and childminding settings.

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) also recorded a 3-part series webinar ‘Wellbeing for Educators, Practitioners and Childminders in ELC and SAC Settings’. The webinar features Department officials, childcare providers and Sheila O’Malley, renowned Parenting coach.

Part 1: ‘Welcome & Introductions; What is self-care and how to do it’

Part 2 ‘Listening without personalising the art of separateness

Part 3 ‘We can only give our best, & final thoughts’

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