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National Childcare Scheme

April 2, 2019

Staff from Early Childhood Ireland received very worthwhile training from Pobal last week on the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme, so our Support Point colleagues are ready, willing and able to reply to members’ queries by telephone: 01 405 7103 or email.

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Support Point Update 26 March 2019

March 26, 2019

We look at the recruitment and selection process. We also highlight the Capital Grants deadline and look at the newly announced programme support payment from the DCYA. Member login required

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Capital Grant applications now open

February 26, 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone announced the opening of applications for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes on Monday 25th February.

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Support Point Update 15 January 2019

January 15, 2019

This week, we look at infection control, attendance records, and meningitis concerns. We also invite you to participate in a focus group for our new Early Years Employment Service.

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December 2018

January 4, 2019

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from December 2018.

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Pobal Early Years Profile 2017/2018 – Part Two

December 18, 2018

In the second part of our profile summary, we look at findings on staff recruitment and retention, fees and commercial rates.

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Support Point Update 11 December 2018

December 11, 2018

This week we look at public holidays over Christmas, 2018 in review and attendance records.

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Pobal Sector Profile 2017/18

December 11, 2018

The first part of our summary of key findings from the latest Pobal Early Years Sector Profile report 2017/2018.

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Support Point Update 30 October 2018

October 30, 2018

We look at the upcoming changes to zero hour contracts, we focus on Pobal unannounced compliance visits, PAYE modernisation and transferring a child from one service to another under the ECCE scheme.

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The Minimum Essential Standard of Living 2018

July 3, 2018

Last week the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) released the 2018 annual update of the Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) dataset. The MESL data has long been established in Ireland as an effective benchmark to assess the adequacy of social welfare payments, the national minimum wage, and is used to calculate the Living Wage in Ireland.

This year’s MESL Update report highlights the importance of services which can reduce the cost of an MESL for households: the role of social housing and assistance with the cost of early years services and in-work income supports like the Working Family Payment.

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