Guidance during COVID-19
18.03.21- Guidance and reopening ELC and SAC videos produced by the department.
06.11.20- Advice for parents, ELC, SAC Services and Childminder posters
The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have created posters with advice for Childminders, Parents and ELCs and SACs. These are available in both English and Irish. To view these, please click on images below to enlarge. Note these are available on the First 5 website at https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening
15.10.20- Student Placements Guidelines
The Student Placements Guidelines for Early Learning and Care SEttings have been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills in consultation with 3rd Level Institutions and the Advisory Group Subgroup on Practice Supports. The Guidelines have been published on the First 5 website (alternatively they can be found at the bottom of this webpage).
31.07.20- Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings Operating during Covid
The Department has been working with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) to revise and update its Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings Operating during Covid.
The Guidance has been revised following feedback from the initial weeks of operation of services and in the context of the plans for reopening schools. The revised Guidance is now available on both the HPSC website and on First 5. We’ve also included the document below.
23.07.20- July Jobs Stimulus
From Department of the Taoiseach
12.06.20- DCYA released FAQs for the reopening Funding Package, that was announced earlier in the week.
The Government has provided a substantial funding package, with supports for reopening costs, wage costs, and capital costs alongside the resumption of ELC and SAC subsidy schemes. The funding recognises the important role that the ELC and SAC sector plays in the economic and societal infrastructure of the country.
The FAQs are intended to provide clarity on how this funding package will work. These FAQs aim to be informative but may be added to and/or amended as more information becomes available. The Department will also be keeping track of any queries we receive and clarify any areas of uncertainty in an updated FAQ if necessary.
DCYA launched a range of online resources and guidance to support service providers on reopening at the end of this month. These documents can be found on the First 5 website. To view this webpage, please follow this link https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening
03.06.20- COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control guidance for settings providing childcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a document that was created by the HSEs Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) specifically for the Early Learning and Care Sector.
’Planning for reopening Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services’ a report for Government
Minister Zappone in her letter issued to providers 15th May asked “As the first step to prepare to re-open your service I would encourage you to review the Return to Work Safely Protocol, but to be aware that assistance will be made available to you in the coming weeks to meet its requirements”. To view this please click on image below.
The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business sets out how the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. Follow this link, to see the phases of the roadmap https://www.gov.ie/en/news/58bc8b-taoiseach-announces-roadmap-for-reopening-society-and-business-and-u/.