Budget Update - ECCE FAQs January 2016

Budget update 7th January 2016 - The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has updated the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ECCE programme and the budget changes.


Click here to access the FAQs. 


NEW Tax Clearance System

You may be aware that from the 1st January 2016, Revenue changed their tax clearance application and verification systems. Paper Tax Clearance Certificates will no longer be issued for a 12 month period.

Revenue will move to providing for real-time ongoing tax clearance. This is to be known as eTax Clearance.

Now Open for Applications - Learner Fund 4

Minister James Reilly recently announced the Learner Fund 4. Learner Fund 4 will subsidise eligible courses leading to a major award at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Learner Fund 4 is opening for applications on Monday 25th January at 2pm, and will remain open until 10th March 2016.

Pre-school providers must submit an online application via their own PIP page, on behalf of their staff member, for a subsidised training course under the heading ‘Learner Fund 4’.

**IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM DCYA** Refunds for Fee Paying ECCE Eligible Children - 21st October 2015

WCCC have been advised by DCYA today that a refund of pre-school fees can take place for parents if their children meet the below criteria:

·         Eligible for ECCE in 2015 and 2016 – (Children born between 01 January 2012 – 30 June 2012)

·         Have been in attendance and fee paying for pre-school from September 2015


Budget 2016 contains a number of important measures to improve childcare services, including an extension of free pre-school from 1 September next.  Information about the main improvements  are on our website, and we will shortly add a set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Affordable childcare

The cost of childcare can be a significant barrier for parents wanting to take up work, education or training. Budget 2016 provides two initiatives focused on increasing the affordability of childcare, to lay the foundation for providing more affordable childcare to a broader range of families.

Quality Child Care

Quality matters for children. Budget 2016 funds a number of measures to build the quality of childcare provision, including:

ECCE Higher Capitation Application Process 2015 /16

WCCC have been advised that the ECCE Higher Capitation application process for the 2015/16 Programme call is now open. Please be aware of the link between this process and the list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications as published at www.dcya.ie

Ireland Fight for the Future


Ireland Fight for the Future Campaign believe that inclusion in Ireland for preschool children should represent the values, beliefs, policies and practices which support each child regardless of ability to access and participate fully in all aspects of their lives and within their communities. Inclusive practice is embedded in reciprocal relationships, promoting a sense of well-being and identity and belonging for child, family and pedagogues.  One of the main features which encourages and promotes inclusion for young children is the right to access, quality affordable early childhood education and care.  There is currently no universal Government funding to support children with special needs accessing the ECCE Scheme to participate fully in mainstream preschool.  Research including the National Disability Authority 2012, the National Council for Special Education 2013, the National Policy Framework for children and young people 2014- 2020 all agree that early intervention is cost effective and beneficial to society.   

Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme

The Guidance on Specialist Supports has been issued, is available to read on the Change Hub www.hseland.ie and will shortly be available to read on www.hse.ie. It was developed under this programme by a Working Group and through consultation, with contributions from parents and clinicians bringing a wide range of experience and expertise.  The Guidance outlines the need for specialist support for a small number of children whose specific needs require a level of expertise which may not solely be met by the Children’s Disability Network Team or Primary Care services.

DCYA Scheme Child Registrations 2015

Parent letters, Service letters and FAQ documents are now available to download from your PIP homepage for each of the three DCYA schemes.  Please take time to read through all of these documents prior to beginning the registration process.


The ECCE advance (1st) payment will be lodged into bank accounts by Friday 28th August 2015. For services who previously participated in the ECCE programme, the payment will be made for 8 weeks based on last years numbers. For new services into the ECCE programme, it will be based on 3 children for 8 weeks.


The ACP is organising three provincial rallies in Connaught/Ulster, Leinster and Munster as part of our Fair Pay Campaign.  


This year, while Fee Payment Policies (FPPs) have not changed in format*, the FPPs will be administered through the PIP System. Service Providers will be required to upload their FPP (including calendar and parent letter) on PIP, Westmeath CCC will begin the approval process. 


The previous annual re-contracting process for the childcare programmes has been replaced this year by ‘re-entry’ through the submission of 2015/16 Fee Payments Policies (FPP) on the PIP System.


New DCYA Childcare Programme Contract Applications comprise of applications from childcare services that have not previously participated in any of the relevant childcare programmes OR from services that have previously participated in one or more of the childcare programmes but now wish to apply to participate in another 

CCS Appeals Deadline Extension to 20th April

Please remember that the option for CCS appeals closes next Monday the 20th April at 5pm. There will be no facility to lodge an appeal after this deadline so it is very important that you review each application on PIP and ensure the correct band has been approved.


DCYA has secured €7 million for Early Years Capital Programme 2015 (EYC2015). EYC2015 is open to early years settings currently providing services under at least one of the three Department of Children & Youth Affairs National Government programmes, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Training Education Childcare (TEC) or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).

PIP Update - CCS & TEC Payment Schedules 2015


Community Childcare Services have received preliminary CCS payments up until the end of March 2015.
Balancing payments will be made at the end of March following the announcement of CCS Band Eligibility Approvals. 

Better Start

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), 


TEC Update

The Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) Programme is administered by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.

Learner Fund

The Learner Fund will re-open for applications again for a two week period (exact dates to be confirmed).