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PIP Announcement - Invitation to Programme Readiness webinars on Thursday 5 August



​Invitation to Programme Readiness webinars on Thursday 5 August

Webinars on Programme Readiness  will be held next week, on Thursday 5 August 2021.


These will cover NCS, ECCE, CCSP Savers Registrations and payments.


Please click on the relevant link and time  to register your attendance.


**Note: Please only register for one webinar as there is maximum capacity of 500 per session.


A  recording will be made available on the Early Years Hive  once the live sessions have been completed.




Webinar Link

Thurs 5 Aug 2021

10.00am – 11.30am

Webinar 5th Aug 10am

Thurs 5 Aug 2021

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Webinar 5th Aug 2pm

Thurs 5 Aug 2021

6.30pm – 8.00pm

Webinar 5th Aug 6:30pm





PIP Announcement - AIM 2021/22 and EWSS


AIM 2021/22 and EWSS

Dear Service Provider,

Under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) Programme Rules, the wages of an employee may be supported through either the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) or AIM Level 7 capitation, but not both.  It is open to a service provider to decide whether EWSS or AIM Level 7 funding is most advantageous to them.


While EWSS has been extended until 31 December 2021 and current arrangements apply unchanged until the end of Quarter 3, the arrangements for Quarter 4 will not be announced until September.


Service providers that have a child with a disability attending the Early Childhood Care and Education  (ECCE) programme during the year 2021/22 and choose to opt for EWSS funding (instead of AIM Level 7 funding) are encouraged to complete an application for AIM Level 7 also, so that their application can be assessed well in advance.    Completing the application for AIM Level 7 funding mitigates the risk of a gap in funding for providers who opt for EWSS, but who are likely to lose EWSS at some point during the programme year 2021/22. 

Applying for AIM support now will also allow such services to benefit from educational advice and support under AIM Level 4 while in receipt of EWSS.  Once approved for AIM Level 7 funding for 2021/22 programme, the provider must advise Pobal they are opting for EWSS instead and the AIM Level 7 will be withdrawn until such time as EWSS support ends.
Service providers who have a child that is eligible for a second-year extension for 2021/22 and withdrew last year due to EWSS, can apply for their second-year extension support now. However, where a service opts to continue with EWSS funding, AIM Level 7 funding will be allocated from 1 January 2022 (or on the  date EWSS ceases for that service.) 

Help and support

Should you have any queries in relation to the AIM, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive.


PIP Announcement - Playing Outside Grant can now be used to buy a CO2 monitor



​Playing Outside Grant can now be used to buy a CO2 monitor
The Playing Outside Grant 2021, which is open for online applications until 5pm Tuesday 31 August 2021, can now be used to fund a CO2 monitor for your service.
CO2 monitors can provide a useful indicator that areas or rooms may not be adequately ventilated.
They can be used to judge ventilation in a room, taking into account the  impact of activities, outdoor weather and window openings.
If you have already applied for this grant, you can use  the funding to purchase a CO2 monitor, or, if you have purchased a CO2 monitor in the eligible expenditure window (1 June- 30 November) this will now be counted as eligible expenditure under this grant. 

You do not need to contact Pobal to communicate this change.
If you have not made an application under the Playing Outside Grant 2021 and intend to purchase a CO2 monitor with grant monies, please select VENTILATION from the list of eligible expenditure on the grant application.

Further information

For further information on the programme rules and how to apply for this grant please read the Applicant Guidelines.

For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the application on HIVE please read the Technical Guidelines.


PIP Announcement - Programme Readiness 2021/2022



Programme Readiness 2021/22 Reminder

Dear Service Provider,


As previously communicated, the first stage of Programme Readiness 2021/22 for ECCE, NCS and CCSP Saver programmes was made available for services from 28 May 2021.

Since that date, services have been able to complete programme readiness tasks including fees lists and service calendars, as well as activate programme Funding Agreements.


CCSP Saver Programme


Service calendars, fees lists, and funding agreements needs to be completed by 5.00pm on Friday, 30 July, 2021. You must activate the funding agreement by this day to be eligible for the first preliminary payment.


Please see the CCSP section of PIP resources for guidance.




Service calendars, fees lists, and funding agreements need to be completed by 5.00pm on Friday, 13 August  2021. You must activate the funding agreement by this date to be eligible for the first preliminary payment.


Please see the ECCE Guides section of the Early Years Hive for guidance.


A copy of the ECCE Declaration Form 2 must be submitted before you can sign the Funding Agreement.   In order to submit this form, please go to "My Account" > "ECCE Pre-Contracting" on the Early Years Hive,  and upload a completed copy of the ECCE Declaration Form 2.




We would also like to remind you to complete your programme readiness tasks for NCS.  Please note that for NCS, a service calendar for 2021 and 2022 must be created to allow registrations which span across both programme years.


Please see the NCS Guides section of the Early Years Hive for guidance.

Information on preliminary payments (CCSP Saver Programme and ECCE) and registrations will be communicated soon.


Thank you,
The Pobal Early Years Team




PIP Announcement - Reopening Support Payment (RSP) – Verification Checks



Reopening Support Payment (RSP) – Verification Checks

Dear Provider,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) has provided financial supports to the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Care (SAC) sector in recognition of the particular challenges and difficulties facing providers.

One such support was the Reopening Support Payment (RSP) grant, announced by the Minister on 10 June 2020. The purpose of the reopening grant was to provide a once-off payment to ELC and SAC services opening between 29 June and early September 2020 to support adherence to reopening guidelines, support children to remain in ‘play pods’ to reduce the potential of the virus spreading,  and to meet additional staffing needs during the reopening period. The payment covered eligible expenditure during the period 13 March to 31st December 2020 (as per the extension granted in late 2020).


As with all funding, the Department is required to ensure that all funding claimed was spent for the purposes intended. As such the Department and Pobal will soon be undertaking verification checks against the Reopening Support Payment  requirements for a sample of services funded. These checks will verify participating services’ compliance with the RSP grant and will be carried out remotely in line with public health advice.  The verification checks are expected to commence shortly.


You are requested to review all of the materials carefully to ensure that you have met requirements of the RSP grant.

The Department and Pobal would like to thank you for your ongoing work and cooperation during this difficult time.


Yours faithfully,

The Pobal Compliance Team.