Early Education & Childcare

Toys PictureThe centre means a lot to me, without the facility I would not be able to go to college. As a student I cannot afford the fees charged by private crèches. The centre is a much needed facility for the college and greatly improves access to education for mature students. All the staff are very professional and caring and I am reassured my baby gets the best of care.


Juanita Mahon, Parent

Fledglings, Tallaght IT

Dublin

PEACE

Peace Hands PictureThe training programmes that are offered through PEACE are flexible and varied and are structured to meet the training and educational needs of the local community. These projects have a very positive impact on the community, through training and education people have been able to build up their skills to accreditation standard which has in turn enhanced their job opportunities and quality of life. 

 

Guiding Hands Project
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo

Pobal manages the programmes listed below on behalf of the Irish Government and EU bodies. Not all Programmes listed below are directly funded by Pobal (Who we are/What We Do).  Please explore our wide variety of programmes below and to find out more navigate to programme pages by clicking the links.
 
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Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC)View all content related to this programmeView

The ABC programme is being delivered as part of the current Programme for Government and is co-funded by the Government (with the Office of the Táiniste and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs leading), and the Atlantic Philanthropies from 2013 to 2016 with a total investment of almost €30m. The ABC Programme builds on the learning to date from the previous Prevention and Early Intervention Programme 2006-2013 co-funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies and delivered across three project sites in Dublin.

 
Community Services ProgrammeView all content related to this programmeView

The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community businesses to deliver local services to their communities and employ people from disadvantaged groups. The programme is now funded by the Department of Social Protection under the Social Inclusion chapter of the National Development Plan 2007-2016. During 2011, the programme was approved to fund 430 community services across the country.

The Dormant Accounts legislation provides for a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed for projects and programmes designed to alleviate poverty and social deprivation. The Dormant Accounts legislation targets three broad categories of persons for support from the fund;  economic and social disadvantage, educational disadvantage and Persons with disability.

The Ability Programme is a new programme funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the European Social Fund.
The Ability Programme will support young people with disabilities (15-29 years of age) to improve their employability through a range of person-centred supports.

 
Early Education and ChildcareView all content related to this programmeView

Pobal provides a range of services and supports to and on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in the area of Early Education and Childcare. To find out more about each of our programmes please visit our homepage or follow the links below to our programme pages. 

 

 
Equality For Women Measure (EWM) View all content related to this programme View

The Equality for Women Measure is an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality and is managed collaboratively between the Department and Pobal. The EWM receives European Social Fund (ESF) support under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme (HCIOP). The Equality for Women Measure provides grant funding to organisations on an annual basis, for one or more years (subject to conditions), for specific projects which foster gender equality under three strands as follows:

Strand 1
: Access to Employment
Strand 2: Developing Female Entrepreneurship
Strand 3: Career Development for Women in Employment

 
European Integration Fund (EIF)   View all content related to this programme View

The European Integration Fund (EIF) is one of two funds from the EU’s ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’ programme that Pobal manages on behalf of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) in the Department of Justice and Equality.

 
The purpose of the EIF is to support initiatives for newly arrived and legally resident Non-EU Nationals (excluding asylum seekers and refugees) of different cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds that facilitates their integration into Irish society. In the context of the EIF, Non-EU Nationals are often referred to as ‘Third Country Nationals’ (TCNs).
 
The EIF provides funding to NGOs and other bodies to implement local, regional and/or national integration, intercultural and inter-religious initiatives that support the active participation of TCNs in Irish society.
 
European Refugee Fund (ERF)    View all content related to this programme View

The European Refugee Fund (ERF) is one of two funds from the EU’s ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’ programme that Pobal manages on behalf of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) in the Department of Justice and Equality.

The ERF supports individual Member States of the EU in receiving asylum seekers and refugees. The ERF provides funding to NGOs and other bodies to implement local, regional and national reception and/or integration initiatives with a focus on areas such as information provision, education, health, community development, promoting access to services and provision of training for service providers.

Gateway is an activation initiative of the Department of Social Protection, launched in 2013 and managed through City and County Councils. Gateway provides short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities, and contributes to the management of the Live Register.   

Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation. 

 

Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with a method and the resources for local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of a given area, through a community-led local development (CLLD) approach.
 
The new programming period has identified a number of strategic objectives and priorities for EU rural development.  In the Irish context, LEADER has been programmed under priority 6 of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP): promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.
The Learner Fund offers existing early years staff and registered childminders a subsidy towards the cost of early years courses. This funding supports staff working in early years services to achieve the new minimum qualifications being introduced in the revised  Preschool Regulation. The Learner Fund is subsidising thousand of learners who applied during 2014, and who will be continuing their courses into 2016-2017. 
 
Local & Community Development Programme (LCDP) View all content related to this programme View

Pobal manages the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The programme aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities.

 
National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) View all content related to this programme View

The National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) is a collaborative partnership between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Mount Street Club Trust, the Department for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), the Early Years Education Policy Unit (DES) and Pobal. The NEYAI is a four year initiative to improve access to and practice within early year’s services through interagency collaborations.

 
National Childcare Investment Programme View all content related to this programme View

The National Childcare Investment Programme 2006-2011 was a major programme of investment by the government in childcare infrastructure. Building on its predecessor (the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000-2006), the NCIP Capital programme set out to further increase the number of childcare places available in Ireland, with specific emphasis on creating additional pre-school (3-4 years) and school age places. The funding was open to both community and private childcare providers and was administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (2007-2013) - 'the PEACE III Programme' - is a distinctive European Union Structural Funds Programme aimed at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. Taking this overall aim forward, the PEACE III Programme focuses on two strategic objectives:

 
Priority 1:    Reconciling Communities
Priority 2:    Contributing to a Shared Society


Theme 1.1 - Building positive relationships at the local level
Theme 1.2 - Acknowledging and dealing with the past 

 

 
Rural Social Scheme (RSS) View all content related to this programme View

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is sponsored by the Department of Social Protection. Pobal carries out a payroll function, on behalf of the Department, and operates a help desk facility for the Implementing Bodies. Pobal also have the responsibility to develop and implement Performance Indicators for the scheme. Implementing Bodies manage the scheme at the local level on the Department's behalf. These are the Local Development Companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht.

 
Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO)      View all content related to this programme View
The overall aim of SSNO is to provide multi-annual funding towards the core costs of national organisations in the community and voluntary sector to assist them to operate and fund core staff positions.  SSNO will have a primary focus on the provision of core funding to national organisations that demonstrate good governance and deliver services and supports that have a focus on one or more of the following: addressing poverty, social exclusion and promoting equality.

Tús is a Department of Social Protection activation initiative for people who are long-term unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance. It was launched on 21st December 2010.

 

Responsibility for the operation of Tús rests with the Department of Social Protection. Pobal operates a payroll function on behalf of the Department and it is managed at a local level, on the Department’s behalf, by the Local Integrated Development Companies, as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht and Dublin Employment Pact. The programme provides twelve month work placement opportunities in local community settings.

 

The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.

 
Youth Capital Programmes   View all content related to this programme View

Pobal administers the Youth Capital Programme on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. To date this funding relates to the provision of capital funding for Youth Cafés. To date there have been two rounds of funding, one in 2012 and one in 2013. Funding was for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the start-up of new Youth Cafés.