The following needs to be noted in relation to applications under Force Majeure for staff shortages.

The circumstances where staff need to isolate or restrict movements are:

  • If they have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Test positive for Covid-19 (on PCR or antigen test)
  • A close contact as formally identified by the HSE and have symptoms of Covid-19
  • A close contact as formally identified by the HSE, and have no symptoms of Covid-19, who have either:
    • NOT received their booster vaccine OR
    • Have NOT had COVID-19 infection detected in the past 3 months (PCR or antigen) regardless of completing their primary vaccination schedule

Close contacts of any age with NO symptoms (regardless of vaccination status) who have recovered from COVID-19 following a positive PCR or antigen test carried out since 1st December 2021, are exempt from restricted movements and testing unless they develop symptoms. If they develop symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and get tested.

Please always refer to the HSE website for the most up-to-date information.

For all force majeure applications due to staff shortages, proof of the Covid-19 related absence/s must be submitted with the application and a copy retained for compliance purposes.


ECCE Registration Deadline

Pobal would like to remind providers that the latest a provider can register a child on the ECCE programme is 6 weeks after the child’s