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Support Point Update 7th Nov 2017

November 7, 2017

HR Topic of the Week:

HR Webinar Series 2017

In the final installment of our HR Webinar Series on the Lifecycle of the Employee we focus on effectively managing discipline and grievance in the workplace and on termination of employment including dismissals, retirement and redundancy. These videos are brought to you in collaboration with Adare, HR management specialists, and can be found here on the Adare website. The first and the eighth videos on the page bring you advice and guidance on effectively managing discipline and grievance in the workplace. The ninth and tenth videos focus on termination of contract with a specific focus on enforcing retirement ages and unfair dismissals.

We would advise you to take some time to review these videos or to bookmark them for a later date.  We also have a Sample Staff Handbook on our website which has a section on disciplinary and grievance procedures may assist you when developing your own policy appropriate to your service. We are grateful to Adare for sharing this series with our members.

Support Point Topic of the Week:


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and means that services will have to review and update their existing practices around safeguarding the personal data of children, parents and employees.  This website from the Data Protection Commissioner is useful to help explain the new regulations. The Commissioner has developed a 12-Step Plan which will help you prepare for the new law. IBEC have developed this guide to assist employers comply with the new data protection requirements.


Support Point Question of the Week:

What is considered an optional extra for the ECCE fees policy?

The DCYA have a guidance document on what is considered an optional extra for the ECCE scheme. The information from the DCYA can be accessed here.


Programme Support Payment: Open for Applications

The Programme Support Payment provides a contribution to services for administrative and non-contact time programme costs of running a quality service. The measure provides for a payment that is equal to an additional seven days’ funding for services. Services participating in CCS, CCSP and TEC can now apply for this payment by completing an e-form on the PIP portal.  Payments will be made weekly. The deadline for applications is close of business on Thursday 30th November.


Rules for the DCYA funded childcare programmes

The DCYA have released a new version of the Rules for the DCYA funded childcare programmes.

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