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The Early Years Capital Programme 2020 was due to close to applications on 27 March 2020. Given the difficulties being experienced across Ireland at this time, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has decided to suspend applications for the 2020 capital programme, for now. DCYA will keep this situation under review and will be back in touch when there is an update.

CCSP Payment​

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Dear Service Provider,

In light of yesterday’s Government announcement on support measures in response to Covid-19, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will be rolling out the sustainability measures as quickly as possible.

While these new measures are being put in place, the Department will continue to fund the CCSP payment for one week covering the period up to 3rd April, 2020. We will be in touch on actions required by service providers to avail of the Government’s wage subsidy scheme and the Department’s sustainability measures.

We will continue to advise and provide more information as it becomes available to the ELC and SAC sector in due course.

Early Years Team

Reminder: Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes Application

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Dear Service Provider,

The application process for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2020 remains open. We encourage any service that wishes to apply or who has an application in draft to complete and submit their application as soon as possible.

The Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) remains available to aid applicants and answer queries for the duration of the directed closure period due to Covid-19.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222.

Early Years Team

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Information for childcare providers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Information for childcare providers DCYA new logo

The Department Of Children and Youth Affairs provides subvention towards childcare and will continue to do so during the closures announced by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on 12 March 2020.

The department will continue to pay for all government childcare schemes while crèches and preschools are closed. This means that providers will be fully paid for the free preschool scheme (ECCE) and it will remain free to parents. Likewise NCS, CCSP and TEC will continue to be subsidised to eliminate or reduce the fear of lower income families.

Funds in place from the department to continue to pay staff in early learning and care and school-age childcare settings
As the State is not the employer, this department does not pay the wages of staff working in early learning and care settings and school-age childcare settings and cannot direct on this matter. However, a significant proportion of crèches’ income on a national level comes from the State. This is estimated to be over 75% nationally. This will support many services to continue to pay staff in this challenging time.

If any employer is unable to pay an employee or cannot provide a flexible working solution to the employee then the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides a range of income supports that can support parents in these situations.

These include the following:

  • if the employee has been temporarily laid off for the duration of the current school closure due to a reduction in business they may claim a Jobseeker’s payment
  • where the employer and employee arrange for the employee to work on a short-time basis, for example 3 days on and 2 days off, the employees can claim Short Time Working payment for the days they are not working (up to a maximum of three days per week)
  • if the employee can work a set pattern, for example week on week off, they may be eligible for a Jobseeker’s payment
  • if the employee works a minimum of 19 hours per week they may be able to avail of the Working Family Payment which provides income support to certain parents with children
  • where an employee does not qualify for any of these payments and has an income need they can apply for Supplementary Welfare Allowance, which is means-assessed

For further information, please refer to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, at the link below:

Resources in place to support childcare businesses

Resources are available to support businesses from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Crèche fees
All 4500 crèches and preschools in the country are operated by private providers, 25% of which are community / not for profit.

This department will continue to pay for all government childcare schemes while crèches and preschools are closed. This means that providers will be paid for the free pre-school scheme (ECCE) in full and it will remain free to parents. Likewise other lower income families accessing the NCS, CCS or TEC, will have their subsidies paid.

It is a matter for parents to talk to providers about whether they must continue to pay fees. This may be covered in contracts they may have with providers.

A significant proportion of crèches’ income on a national level comes from the State (estimated to be over 75%) and this should support many services to continue to pay staff in this challenging time. However, some services may have little or no State income and are heavily dependent on parental fees.

Whether childcare services have to apply for Force Majeure due to the decision to close services
There is no need to apply for force majeure due to the decision announced on 12 March and services will not be required to make up days for those closed due to force majeure. See notice on PIP portal.

Whether any conditions are attached to the continued funding during this time of closure
There are no conditions. It is expected that the funds be used to pay and retain staff where appropriate.

Rate of subvention payment
Subvention to childcare services will be paid at the same rate as the last full week of service.

Can providers work in their setting while the closure is ongoing
For the moment, the advice is that only remote working can take place. This may facilitate administration, e-learning and professional activities

Can childminders continue to operate
Childminders can continue to operate. It is important that they follow HSE advice to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

To support social distancing and minimise risk, it is recommended that childminders:

  • keep numbers of children to a minimum
  • do not work if they have symptoms
  • do not care for children who have symptoms
  • consider prioritising children of essential frontline workers

The advice on childminding is being reviewed on an ongoing basis. The department will provide a further update as soon as available from the Public Health team.


Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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