31.07.20- 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

The July Jobs Stimulus will help get Ireland’s businesses back on their feet and get as many people as possible back to work quickly.

It is the next stage in Ireland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, building on the extensive business and employment supports already in place. For more on this visit the link below or alternatively scroll to the bottom of this page to see the JULY JOBS STIMULUS Overview Document.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c48ab-july-jobs-stimulus/

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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.

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06.06.20- 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

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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

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15.05.20- 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/.

Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business

Overview Visual Road Map

Return to Work Safely Protocol
Return to Work Safely Protocol
HPSC revised Guidance Document 31.07.20
HPSC revised Guidance Document 31.07.20
Planning for reopening ELC and SAC services
Planning for reopening ELC and SAC services
Guidance for Reopening
Guidance for Reopening
FAQs V2
FAQs V2
July Jobs Stimulus 2020
July Jobs Stimulus 2020
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