Weekly Newsletter week ending 15 February 2019


Dear Colleagues,

Here are the important dates, deadlines and announcements for the week 11 – 15 February 2019.



Monday 25 February, 2019 – Capital funding applications to go live


Wednesday 13 March, 2019 – Closing date for DCYA reference number applications


Wednesday 27 March, 2019 – Capital funding applications close



CCS merging with CCSP

Yesterday Minister Zappone announced that CCS would no longer be available once the programme closes in August. But don’t panic, CCSP is continuing for 2019/20.

CCSP subvention rates are the same as CCS. The only difference is that children can be registered for CCSP throughout the year.

Services who were running CCS in 2018/19 can continue to do so until the end of the programme. For September 2019, services can activate the CCSP contract and continue to offer that scheme to parents.

All of the current childcare schemes will run alongside the new affordable scheme for one year to allow everyone to transition to the new scheme. We will be offering information and training sessions to all services about the new childcare scheme, so keep an eye on the bulletin for details.


Deferral of 12:1 ratio for school-aged childcare services

Stand alone school aged services are coming under regulation for the first time from 18 February (see bulletin dated 18/01/19). The new regulations have set the child: adult ratio at 12:1. There was some confusion as to when this ratio would take effect. Minister Zappone has amended the regulations to defer the new ratio for 6 months to end August to allow everyone the time to transition to this new arrangement.



Westmeath childcare jobs Facebook page

Westmeath County childcare committees run a Facebook page for advertising childcare jobs. The jobs are shared widely.

To advertise a job on this page, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with brief details of the post and who people should contact for more information or with a C.V. We will post the job on your behalf.

Please don’t send messages to the page, we don’t monitor messages and your job won’t be advertised.


If you have any queries in relation to this bulletin, please contact the office on 0449335454.