Childcare Notification Dated Jan 5 December 2021
Education Minister Peter Weir announces new measures to support Registered Childcare Providers
In the announcement Education Minister Peter Weir stated:
“that I want to again thank registered childcare providers for the essential work they do. Their hard work on the ground and determination to maintain services at this critical time is vital in helping us to deal with the ongoing challenges facing society as a result of the Covid -19 outbreak”
The Childcare Temporary Closure Support Fund will help childcare providers, including childminders, who have re-opened following a Covid-19 temporary closure where
(i) there has been a Covid positive case of either a member of staff, a childminder or a child in a setting which has resulted in the provider fully closing or in the case of a setting, a pod/group closing; or
(ii) there is an inability of a setting to comply with staff: child ratios due to staff being required to self-isolate as advised by Public Health Agency.
The Department of Education will roll out these measures as quickly as possible. Early Years the Organisation for young children will administer the scheme. Full detail of the eligible providers and available amounts including the opportunity to apply for funding are available at:
- Covid Closures: https://www.early-years.org/csf-temporary-covid19(external link opens in a new window / tab) and
- School Related Closures: https://www.early-years.org/csf-temporary-closed-schools(external link opens in a new window / tab).
- Please note that the website and online applications function will not be available until Wednesday 6 January
Initially, eligible providers who have notified their Trust Early Years Teams of a positive case in their setting and those providers located on school premises will receive an invitation to apply. The initial invitation will issue from Family Support NI. Any queries should be addressed to the Early Years Organisation via the email address within each of the links above.