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Covid-19 update

Due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis and to ensure the health and safety of our team Fingal County Childcare Committee offices will be closed until further notice and staff will be working remotely. The team at Fingal CCC are committed and available to provide support and advice to early year’s providers, parents, childminders and employers in the Fingal area. The team will be available to answer your calls and emails from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 

FCCC Team contact details:

  

Office line 01 4851727 (leave a message) or email info@fingalcountychildcare.ie        


Colette Redmond (Administrator)        colette@fingalcountychildcare.ie         087 7844805 

Gina Daly (Programme Information Officer)          gina@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0871972084 

Mairead Tucker (Development Officer)          mairead@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0877477553

Jacinta Cooke (Development Officer)          jacinta@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0877722228

Nicola McKernan (Development Officer)          nicola@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0876025263 

Sarah McKenna (Childminding Development officer)         sarah@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0874485558

Linda Sammon (Finance Officer)          linda@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0877882688

Adrienne Doyle (Operations Manager)         adrienne@fingalcountychildcare.ie         0879217918

 

Covid-19 Revenue update

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

For further information click here - https://www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/

Revenue has worked closely with DEASP to provide an option for employers to make this payment to their employees through the normal payroll process.

For further information click here-    https://www.gov.ie/en/service/578596-covid-19-wage-subsidy/

 

DCYA is continuing to work with other Government Departments to ensure the future of the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector.

 

DCYA can confirm that good progress is being made on introducing the Government’s new wage subsidy scheme and measures for the childcare sector. We understand that the lack of detailed specific childcare information is very frustrating at this time. We are currently drafting specific FAQs for the sector. As the DCYA measures significantly mirror the National Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and other national business supports, it is necessary for us to await detailed information on the Wage Subsidy Scheme before issuing our sector specific FAQs.

 

In the interim, DCYA can confirm that payments for the various schemes have either already been paid up to 3rd April (as is the case for the ECCE, CCSP and TEC schemes) or will be paid (as is the case for NCS) up to 3rd April.

 

 

Press release from DCYA:

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/e37415-minister-katherine-zappone-announces-measures-to-support-childcare-p/

Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications Oct 2019

New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019

 

  • Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children 

  • Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers

 

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid- October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. 
The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland.  Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations. 

“I have been steadfast in my commitment to deliver the crucial change that families need, and so I am delighted to be able to announce the timeframe for the introduction of the new Affordable Childcare Scheme” commented Minister Zappone. 

“We are building the radical new childcare infrastructure needed to transform childcare in Ireland from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the very best. This involves putting in place a legislative framework, through the Childcare Support Act 2018, and building a world class IT system to allow parents to access tailored childcare supports that will meet the needs of each family.  By lowering childcare costs, the Affordable Childcare Scheme aims to support parents to return to work and training, to reduce child poverty and to improve child outcomes.”

From October 2019 everyone will be able to apply for the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.  To ensure a smooth transition for both parents and providers, the current childcare subsidy schemes will remain in place for the 2019/20 programme year.  People will be able to register for the current schemes as normal, from August 2019 up until the new Affordable Childcare Scheme launches.  After the launch date, people can choose to move over to the new Scheme or to remain on their old scheme for the remainder of the programme year.  This will provide certainty for current scheme beneficiaries, offer ample time to apply for the new scheme and ensure that no family is worse off during the transition period.  Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.

Comprehensive information, training and supports will be available to parents, childcare providers and other stakeholders from early next year in readiness for the launch of the scheme. 

Enhancements to the Affordable Childcare Scheme announced as part of Budget 2019 will mean that an even greater number of families will now benefit from the scheme.  The significant increase in the maximum net income threshold to €60,000 per annum means that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the scheme relative to the original proposals, including some families with gross income of up to €100,000 per annum.  Over 40,000 other children, already eligible, will see increases to their subsidies. 

Childcare providers, who play an integral role in the delivery of all of the DCYA childcare schemes, will continue to receive a Programme Support Payment (PSP) in 2019. Budget 2019 provided funding of €19.4m for PSP, an increase of nearly 8%, which will bring the total amount of PSP paid to childcare providers since 2017 to over €55m in recognition of the administrative support they offer in delivering the schemes’ benefits to parents.


Further information relating to the launch of the scheme will be made available at www.affordablechildcare.ie over the coming months. Families can also find information on the website in relation to existing supports to make childcare more affordable in Ireland. 

https://www.dcya.gov.ie/docs/EN/06-11-18-Press-Release-Affordable-Child-Care-Scheme/5024.htm