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CCSP/TEC Savers Submission Date for Fee Lists and Calendars

​CCSP/TEC Savers Submission Date for Fee Lists and Calendars

Dear Providers,

As you know, the funding agreements (or contracts) and programme rules for the 2020/21 programme year were made available to providers on 27 July 2020.  This was later than Pobal and the Department had hoped to issue the funding agreements, but we were waiting for the July stimulus programme to be approved.

Under the terms of the programme rules, providers need to submit their fees lists and calendars to Pobal two weeks before they intend to open so that Pobal can process the funding agreement. 

The CCSP savers programme begins on 17 August, which would mean that providers would need to submit their fees lists and calendars by 3 August.  The Department accepts that this does not give providers sufficient time to submit their fees and calendars so we have agreed with Pobal to extending the deadline for submission to 7 August.

Services opening on or after 24 August will need to submit fees lists and calendars two weeks in advance of opening.



Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

​Dear Service Provider,

Following on from the release of Programme Readiness (Phase 1 – 29th May) 2020/21, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal are happy to announce the launch of Phase 2 of Programme Readiness (Phase 2) for the 2020-2021 programme year this week.

In Phase 1, Services were able to complete pre-Funding Agreement (pre-contracting) tasks including PAU certification, and inputting organisation and service provider details, and Tusla registrations.

Services were able to update their profiles on the Early Years Hive e.g. add or amend portal users, bank account details and TUSLA registrations.

Details of the Phase 1 announcement and the relevant guides were contained in the announcement here.

Phase 2 will see the release of Funding Agreements across all programmes (NCS, ECCE, CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes) and fees list and service calendar for CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes.

NCS and ECCE Programmes

Contracting for ECCE will be available on the Early Years Hive on 28th July and NCS will be available on the Early Years Hive on 31st July. A PDF copy of the NCS contract can be found under ‘National Childcare Scheme Contracting’ here and a copy of the ECCE contract can be found here.

The NCS Policy Guidelines can be found under the ‘Overview of the Scheme’ here and the ‘Rules for the ECCE Programme 2020-2021’ can be found here.

A quick guide on how to complete programme readiness on the Hive is located here: or a tutorial can be found on our YouTube channel here.

For further information relating specifically to the ECCE Programme please visit the ECCE Resources section under Useful Links on the Hive:

CCSP and TEC Saver Programmes

The CCSP/TEC Saver Programmes will continue to be managed on PIP for the 2020/21 programme year. Contracting for these programmes will be available on 31st July.

The ‘Rules for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021’ are available here and the ‘Rules for the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021’ document is here.

A PDF copy of the TEC Saver Programme Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available here and a PDF copy of the CCSP Programme Saver Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available for here.

Guidance to assist with PAU certification and onboarding on PIP can be found in this How-To Guide. For assistance with on-boarding onto the Hive, you may also contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) by raising a Service Request on the Hive or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01 5117222.

There are also guides to assist with Fees List and Service calendar for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021 here and the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021 here.

Thank you,

Early Years Team



​Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Webinar on Infection Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings

​Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Webinar on Infection Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings

Dear providers,

Please note that the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) will host a webinar this Friday, 31 July, on Infection Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings (further details below). The webinar will be recorded and made available on the HPSC site afterwards for those who cannot join on Friday.

Please also note that the Department has been working with the HPSC to revise and update the Guidance following feedback from the initial weeks of operation of services and in the context of the plans for reopening schools. It is envisaged that the revised Guidance will be published in the coming days.

This webinar provides an opportunity for services to get on overview of the public health Guidance directly from the HPSC, the authors of the Guidance. It will also cover some of the queries which arose since the publication of the Guidance and which will be addressed in the revised version.

Details on how to register for and join the webinar are set out below. The link to the recorded session will be circulated afterwards and added to the First 5 website.

Kind regards,
Early Years Division.

Invitation:   HPSC Infection Prevention and Control Webinar
Topic:   COVID-19 General Infection Control Guidance for Childcare Settings
Date:   Friday, 31 July from 12-1pm


Prof. Martin Cormican, National HCAI AMR Clinical Lead, National AMRIC Team
Mary Mc Kenna, Infection Prevention and Control Asst. Director of Nursing, National AMRIC Team 

Pre-register for the webinar at this address and follow the instructions:

When you join the webinar you can view the slide set and material and listen to the webinar over the computer, sound quality may be better over the phone:

For telephone access use the following:
Irish dial in number:   01 5260058
Access code:   163 166 9634 



Press Release- July Stimulus Funding Package

​Press Release from DCYA - July Stimulus Funding Package for ELC & SAC sector

Dear Provider,

We wanted to let you know about the July stimulus funding package available to the sector which has just been approved by cabinet as soon as we could.

Find press release here in relation to Minister Roderic O’Gorman announcing a funding package of measures to support the Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare sector.

Also, the contracts for 2020/21 Programme Year will be published by Pobal on Monday. The DCYA had to wait for finalisation of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) before finalising the contracts.

Early Years Division.



PIP Announcment -CCSP April 2020 Returns

PIP Announcement - CCSP April 2020 returns

Dear Service Provider,

The CCSP Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for April 2020 returns are available for completion on Pobal Online.

“As advised previously the DCYA would like to emphasise the importance for all community services to continue to complete and submit FIRs to Pobal voluntarily going forward. These returns provide essential information that allows DCYA and Pobal to identify and help services to resolve problems. They also act as an informative tool for services in the effective planning of their financial future and highlight the real effect of closure due to Covid-19 on community services.

FIRs are also a key component of the assessment process for accessing sustainability funding. Services which continue to keep up to date FIRs and encounter a sustainability issue will therefore experience an expedited funding request process, as Pobal’s Case Management team will be better equipped to assess the service’s request for funding.”

We are aware there were issues accessing the Portal site, however these are now resolved.

We would be grateful if you could submit your April FIRS at your earliest convenience.

If you require any assistance in completing the return, please contact your support officer.

Early Years Team