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Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS) Preliminary Payments

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Payments under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Temporary Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (DCYA TWSC) will be issued this week on 24th April 2020 to any service provider who has accepted the terms of the funding agreement and submitted the form by today 5pm Tuesday 21st April.

Important: To sign up for and benefit from this scheme, participating ELC and SAC providers with employees must register for the Revenue Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (Revenue TWSS) and operate the Revenue TWSS in accordance with the Revenue TWSS guidance.

Preliminary payments will be made based on a model that estimates amounts due under the DCYA TWSC scheme for both wages and overheads. When the DCYA TWSC value has been calculated, any preliminary payments under this agreement will be reconciled with the actual DCYA TWSC Scheme payments due to services following submission to Pobal of an application form and proof of the Revenue calculation. Further information on this process will be provided in the coming weeks.

As Childcare Services with no employees are not identifiable from PIP/EYP, the preliminary payments do not account for providers with no employees. Any excess in the preliminary payment will be reconciled when the DCYA TWSC Scheme payment value is calculated.

A reconciliation of payments made for the week 4th - 10th April under previous schemes ECCE (including AIM), CCSP, TEC and NCS will also be done when processing the second payment due 1st May for any providers signing on up to the DCYA TWSC Scheme.

DCYA notification – Updated FAQ on the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS)

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Please see attached below updated ‘Information and Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Measures for providers and staff of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services’. Please note this is version 3 and replaces previous versions.

It contains information on the DCYA operated Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS) which is now available for sign-up.

Kind regards,

DCYA EY Division.

FAQs WSCS v3

WSCS Preliminary Payments

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Payments under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Temporary Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (DCYA TWSC) will be issued this week on 24th April 2020 to any service provider who has accepted the terms of the funding agreement and submitted the form by today 5pm Tuesday 21st April.

Important: To sign up for and benefit from this scheme, participating ELC and SAC providers with employees must register for the Revenue Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (Revenue TWSS) and operate the Revenue TWSS in accordance with the Revenue TWSS guidance.

Preliminary payments will be made based on a model that estimates amounts due under the DCYA TWSC scheme for both wages and overheads. When the DCYA TWSC value has been calculated, any preliminary payments under this agreement will be reconciled with the actual DCYA TWSC Scheme payments due to services following submission to Pobal of an application form and proof of the Revenue calculation. Further information on this process will be provided in the coming weeks.

As Childcare Services with no employees are not identifiable from PIP/EYP, the preliminary payments do not account for providers with no employees. Any excess in the preliminary payment will be reconciled when the DCYA TWSC Scheme payment value is calculated.

A reconciliation of payments made for the week 4th - 10th April under previous schemes ECCE (including AIM), CCSP, TEC and NCS will also be done when processing the second payment due 1st May for any providers signing on up to the DCYA TWSC Scheme.

PIP Announcement: Reminder - WSCS Funding Agreement

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Payments will be issued on Friday 24th April to any service provider who has accepted the terms of this agreement and submitted the form to Pobal by 5pm on Tuesday, 21st April.

The application form for Phase 2 of WSCS process is currently being finalised and will be made available in the coming weeks.
If you have any queries on the application process please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scheduled system maintenance

Both the National Childcare Scheme website (NCS.gov.ie) and the Early Years Hive will be unavailable on Wednesday, 22nd April for a maximum of 3 hours between 8am-11am due to scheduled maintenance.

During this time, the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) will have limited capacity to assist as internal systems will also be affected.

We try to keep temporary downtime such as this to a minimum, however, they are essential for the development and improvement of the Early Years Hive.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.
Early Years Team

DCYA notification - Attention services experiencing difficulties running payroll under the WSS/WSCS 17/04/2020

DCYA notification - Attention services experiencing difficulties running payroll under the WSS/WSCS 17/04/2020DCYA main logo

Dear Service Providers

Please excuse this email late on a Friday evening, but it is in response to several urgent queries received by DCYA today.

The Minister for Finance and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs previously agreed that as part of the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS), where a staff member’s pre-12 March weekly wage was below the DEASP set rate for the temporary Pandemic Unemployment Payment (currently €350 per week), DCYA will, on a temporary basis, provide funding to employers to be used to top-up eligible employees’ wages to €350.

It is understood that some providers have experienced difficulties processing payroll in line with the DCYA WSCS. It appeared that for some, the payment of €350 to childcare employees who previously earned a lower wage in the pre-COVID-19 period, could not be processed due to an inbuilt taper.

DCYA has received confirmation from the Revenue on 17 April that to address this issue, payroll providers should not apply the taper from the payroll system. This will facilitate the payment to be made.

Regards,

Early Years Division.
DCYA.

Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS) Funding Agreement Reminder and Factsheet

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As you know, the PAU for your organisation received an email yesterday, 16th April, with a link to the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS) Funding Agreement.

Payments will be issued on Friday, 24th April to any service provider who has accepted the terms of this agreement and submitted the form to Pobal by 5pm on Tuesday, 21st April.

The application form for Phase 2 of WSCS process is currently being finalised and will be made available in the coming weeks.

Please also find the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme Factsheet for your benefit here.

If you have any queries on the application process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Years Team

Process for applying for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS)

Process for applying for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS)

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As you are aware DCYA are launching the Covid 19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS) on Thursday 16th April. A copy of the Funding Agreement is available on PIP for you to review.

Please do not print and submit the copy which is available on PIP. The process for applying for the Covid-19 WSCS is a two phased approach, details of Phase 2 are currently being finalised and the application for and the step by step process will be made available in due course. The process for Phase 1 is as follows:

Process for applying for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (WSCS)- Phase 1

- A copy of the Funding agreement is posted on the PIP Portal for review purposes only.
- Service providers must be registered with Revenue for the COVID 19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.
- On Thursday 16th April the PAU for each organisation will receive an email to the registered email account with a link to the Funding Agreement. Once the provider follows the link, they must input the email address and password contained in the email.
- The service provider will then be brought to the Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme Funding Agreement, which must be read, required details input and the terms and conditions accepted.
- Once the required details are completed and the terms and conditions are accepted, submit the form

Note to Multi Service Organisations: The PAU will receive a separate email for each facility in the organisation. The Terms and conditions must be accepted for each. Pobal will contact the PAU of multi facility organisations only, after funding agreements are submitted as further information will be required.

WSCS Payments
Payments will be issued on Friday, 24th April, to any service provider who has submitted a Funding Agreement by 5pm on the Tuesday 21st April.

System Maintenance
Please note that due to scheduled system maintenance on Thursday 16th, between the hours of 3pm – 6pm Service Providers may experience difficulties in submitting the forms.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

For support on submitting the form Service Providers should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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