€3m fund for creches who sign up to National Childcare Scheme

Children’s Minister announces €3m fund for creches who sign up to National Childcare Scheme
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has announced a €3m fund for creches and child-minders who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme.

It will allow them to purchase ICT support to help record and report on children’s attendance.

Applications for the new grant will open in June with the amounts awarded ranging from €500 to €2,000 depending on the size of the service applying.

Minister Zappone says The National Childcare Scheme has been designed to respond to both families’ and business needs.

Read the full story on The Irish Examiner

Opinion: 64% of workers in Ireland earn less than the ‘average’ salary

Opinion: 64% of workers in Ireland earn less than the ‘average’ salary
Experts agree that the median average is a better indicator of typical salaries, so why do policymakers always focus on the mean average? writes Felim O’Rourke in The Journal.ie
OUR TAXATION SYSTEM and welfare systems are unfairly weighted against low and middle income, working couples with children.

These same young working couples are the life-blood of our society and community, but they are often under severe financial pressure as they work hard in full-time jobs, while raising a family.

The child tax credit was removed from such couples in the 1980s recession and never restored.

Read the full article on TheJournal.ie

7,500 to benefit from childcare subsidies in government new scheme

Around 7,500 extra children will qualify for childcare subsidies under a new national scheme.

The scheme, which will not open until October, has increased the top net income threshold to €60,000 meaning more parents will be able to avail of the assistance.

At its launch, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said: “It will provide the easiest way for parents and families to receive the supports that the government has to make childcare more affordable, higher quality, and accessible.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said reducing the cost of childcare would enable more parents to enter the workforce or to engage in further education. He said the scheme would combine universal and targeted subsidies.

Read the full article on The Irish Examiner website here

School Warns Momo Challenge Is Hacking Peppa Pig And Fortnite

We thought we should post a news article on the much talked about and very disturbing Momo “Challenge” that is in the news this week. If your child watches Peppa Pig and other children’s material online via YouTube and other platforms you should know about this.

A school has warned parents to ‘be vigilant’ following reports the ‘Momo challenge’ has begun hacking into children’s games and programmes.

Northcott Community Special School in Bransholme, Hull, UK, issued the warning to parents, advising that the ‘challenge’ appears midway through programmes and games in order to avoid detection.

The hack subjects children to disturbing images and threatens them if they do not complete challenges. It has been reported that the hack has made threats to kill […]

Regulations on school-age childcare come into effect

Regulations on school-age childcare come into effect

Regulations requiring the registration of school-age childcare services have come into effect.

Childcare services for school-age children must now register with  www.tusla.ie, the Child and Family Agency by 18 May.

School-age services that are already registered must apply for re-registration by 18 August. New services must apply for registration at least three months before opening.

Scheme

Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming Affordable Childcare Scheme launching in late 2019.

The regulations are preliminary ahead of a public consultation process on the development of comprehensive regulations and national quality standards for school-age childcare.

More information is available on the Department’s website.

Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019

Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019
DCYA Press Release – Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to an end in August 2019.

Funding for parents remains unaffected by move.
All of the other targeted childcare schemes will continue for the full 2019/20 programme year.
An extensive information campaign on the Affordable Childcare Scheme will rollout over the coming months.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs […]