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Pobal releases Early Years Sector Profile 2015-2016
05 December, 2016

Pobal releases Early Years Sector Profile 2015-2016

Pobal has released the latest Early Years Sector Profile which demonstrates that Kildare is among the top 10 most expensive County regions for childcare fees in Ireland (with Dublin accounting for 4 of the other regions). This demonstrates that Kildare providers face higher overheads than many other regions and thus the need for further investment in childcare in the county. Read the press release, view interactive dashboards and access the full report here: https://www.pobal.ie/News/...

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Budget 2017: Early Years Funding increases by 35% to €466m to allow new Affordable Childcare Scheme
17 October, 2016

Budget 2017: Early Years Funding increases by 35% to €466m to allow new Affordable Childcare Scheme

  Tuesday 11th October, 2016 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced a Scheme to Subsidise Childcare which will replace existing childcare subsidisation schemes (excluding the free pre-school scheme) with a single, streamlined scheme from September 2017. Parents will qualify for a targeted subsidy based on their net income. Subsidies will be available for children aged from 6 months up to 15 years. The highest levels of...

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North Kildare Parents of Multiples - Parent and Toddler Group
31 August, 2016

North Kildare Parents of Multiples - Parent and Toddler Group

  Thursday 29th September 10am – 12pm A support group aimed at parents and carers of babies or toddler age twins or multiples who are living in the North Kildare area. The group meet In Leixlip Library every month on the last Thursday. Come along and meet other families like yours and make new friends. Seeking new members!

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Reminder - Closure of ECCE 2015/2016 Programme Tomorrow
04 August, 2016

Reminder - Closure of ECCE 2015/2016 Programme Tomorrow

  The 2015 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 31st August 2015 to 24th June 2016 will close at 6pm Friday 5th August 2016. What will happen:- The Status of the ECCE 2015/2016 contract will be changed to ‘Closed’ Once closed groups will not be able to enter new child registrations on the PIP Portal Services are asked to checked all their ECCE registrations and if new registrations are required please do so before the deadline of the 5th August 2016. Servic...

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REMINDER – LINC DEADLINE – 28TH JULY – (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services)
14 July, 2016

REMINDER – LINC DEADLINE – 28TH JULY – (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services)

  KCCC would like to remind all Early Childhood Services that the LINC (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services) Programme is open for application at present. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 PM on Thursday, July 28th. Places are limited!  Get your applications in on time to be in with a chance of participating in the course.   For more details, please see the information below received from the LINC Tea...

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€6.5m investment for major childcare expansion
08 July, 2016

€6.5m investment for major childcare expansion

  60,000 extra children to avail of free services starting in September Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD Friday 8th July, 2016 Dr Katherine Zappone, TD has today announced that more than €6.5m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide. This represents an increase of over 2.5m on the amount of €4m announced for this programme in...

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DCYA Childcare Programmes 2016/17 Contracting Timeline and Next Steps
06 July, 2016

DCYA Childcare Programmes 2016/17 Contracting Timeline and Next Steps

  The Contracting process for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes will begin shortly for the 2016-2017 ‘Programme Call’. The process this year will differ from previous years as it will be carried out by service providers on PIP.  Please see below a summary of the announcements made in recent weeks and the next steps in relation to the re-contracting process.  Please see also a Programme Readiness Timeline&nbs...

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First Early Years Education-Focussed Inspections Published
04 July, 2016

First Early Years Education-Focussed Inspections Published

  Publication of Reports of Education-focused Inspection in Early-Years Settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme The first reports of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills today.  These inspections examine the qual...

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