REMINDER TUSLA Re-registration

Childcare services which were previously notified to Tusla under the provisions for notification as prescribed by the Pre School Child Care Regulations 2006 are now required to be re-registered under Article 58 E of the Child & Family Agency Act 2013.

Minister Reilly publishes New Child Care Regulations

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today signed new Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016) which will come into effect on a phased basis from 30th June 2016.  The new Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school.

CCS Private Contracts Update

DCYA have activated the second batch of CCS Private contracts on the PIP system this morning Friday, April 22nd at 9am.  
79 services in this second batch will have their contracts activated on PIP simultaneously.  
A third batch will follow, based on signed contracts/application forms that may be received by the Department in the coming days.
Please see attached communication for more details.



Due to a matter arising the deadline for completed applications has now been extended until 5pm Friday 8th April 2016 to facilitate the completion of your application.

Please ensure that all sections are completed with required documentation attached before submitting your application

EYC 2016 Closing for Applications at 12 mid-day today 6th April 2016


Please note the deadline for submitted EYC 2016 applications is 12 mid-day today 6th April 2016  - the link will remain on this page for an interim period but any applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 

All expressions of Interest received by DCYA for the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) have been processed.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has now processed all Expressions of Interest for participation in the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) – Private programme, submitted before the closing date of 11th March 2016.  All services that submitted an Expression of Interest by this date should receive a CCS (Private) Application Pack by Tuesday 29thMarch.

The RSA's Check it Fits is coming soon to Westmeath

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has introduced a new, free service in response to a frightening statistic that shows that as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can result in serious injury or worse, a fatality in the event of a collision.

Minister Reilly announces the release of €16m for 8,000 extra places under Community Childcare Subvention

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the release of €16m extra funding from Budget 2016 so that the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) scheme, which subsidises childcare for certain low income parents, will be made more accessible by being available through Private Childcare Service Providers.  The extension to the scheme will apply from Monday 7th March 2016 and is expected to fund around 8,000 additional childcare places.

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Local Area Co- Ordinator Full Time & Part Time Post


Westmeath County Childcare Committee (WCCC) will employ two LA coordinators to oversee the day to day running of the Coordinated Disability Initiative between Longford County Childcare Committee and Westmeath County Childcare Committee.

This is a fantastic opportunity to play key role in a uniquely innovative project.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential with a minimum third level qualification in Disability/Early Education. 


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

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 and will shortly be available to read on 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).