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Support Point Update 9th May 2017

May 9, 2017

School Aged Childcare Funding Deadline extended:


Please note that the deadline to apply for the School Aged Childcare Capital grant has now been extended to Friday, 12 May at 3pm.

Also, additional elements have been included under eligible criteria, Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) and system update.


Eligible costs

Applicants may apply for a suitable vehicle under all strands of the School Aged Childcare Capital Programme. The vehicle must be a bus or people carrier that can accommodate 7 or more passengers. The service must have the capacity to maintain the road worthiness of the vehicle, including motor tax and insurance. This information should be outlined in the application form under Section 4: Staffing, management and governance arrangements. In the question ‘Please provide details of the transport service you provide?


FTEs (Full Time Equivalent)

One FTE equates to the hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis, for example 35 hours a week.  Full time equivalent employment is the number of full time equivalent jobs, defined as total hours worked divided by average hours worked in full time jobs, for example if there are 3 workers working a total of 70 hours per week in employment where the working week is 35 hours, then the FTE would be 2 (70/35)


System update

The application form will now facilitate applicants under Strand C, who wish to apply for a minimum of €2,000.


We contacted Pobal to ask if those who’d already submitted their applications could alter them in light of this new information. We got the below response.


Unfortunately, we cannot open applications that have already been submitted.  If your members feel they have extenuating circumstances in relation to this then please advise them to contact our online support team, on and the queries will be dealt with on a case by case basis.


For full details of the programme and how to apply, go to the Pobal website.


Support Point Topic of the Week:


Outings policy:

It is the time of year when services are planning and taking outings. Services that bring children on an outing must have an outings policy. This policy should include the following information:

  • Risk assessment that is carried out prior to each outing
  • Adult/child ratio for the outing (this will vary depending on risk assessment)
  • Information on first aid provisions on the outing
  • Parental consent that is required and parent contact details that are brought on the outing
  • The method of checking all children are present
  • Information on insurance cover
  • The checklists that will be used for each outing
  • Details of management of a critical incident on outing
  • Information on charged mobile phone that is brought on the outing

Please see our sample outings policy on our policies and procedures page for further information (Please note: Member login is required to view this page).


HR topic of the Week:


The following questions have recently been added to the Tusla FAQ document to address questions asked about qualifications needed by someone employed under AIM Level 7 funding:


Q50b: I’ve been approved AIM Level 7 funding for a child in my service. Does that person have to have a Fetac Level 5 qualification?

A: Yes, unless you have been granted an exemption by Pobal. Such exemptions will primarily be for children with medically complex needs who require specialised health supports. On Inspection, the exemption letter from Pobal details the basis on which the capitation may be used and the qualification requirements of relevant specialist training of the staff member involved must be available

Q50c: I have submitted an AIM Level 7 application for a child who will be attending my service in April. The child has very complex medical needs – how do I apply for an exemption so that I can employ a nurse?

A: Following receipt of an application for AIM Level 7, the Early Years Inclusion Specialist (EYIS) consults with the childcare provider and parent to ascertain the level of assistance, if any, required in order to ensure that the child can access and meaningfully participate in the ECCE programme. When an EYIS makes a recommendation for specialised support, for example nursing care, Pobal will provide the service with an exemption letter which will detail the basis on which the capitation may be used and the qualification requirements or relevant specialist training of the staff member involved

Q50d: I have been offered employment under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). Am I required to have a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education?

A: Yes. The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) enables children with disabilities to access and fully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. The degree of support provided will depend on the needs of the child in the context of the pre-school service. One of the supports offered under the model – Level 7 – is additional capitation to enable the pre-school provider to buy-in additional support or reduce the child to staff ratio where this is critical to ensuring a child’s participation. Such staff must have a Level 5 major award in Early Years Care and Education unless an exemption has been granted by Pobal where it has been deemed that specialist care is required/critical to the child’s meaningful participation in the ECCE programme. Such exemptions will primarily be for children with medically complex needs who require specialised health supports.



Support Point Question of the Week:


Do we need a transitions policy?

Although a transitions policy is not a required policy under the 2016 Childcare Regulations it would be strongly recommended best practice that each service has a transitions policy to inform staff and parents of how transitions are managed in a service. The Aistear Síolta practice guide has very useful material which providers can use to develop a transitions policy in their setting. Please click here for the Aistear Síolta practice guide information on transitions.



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