The DCYA and Pobal have agreed the following measures to support providers whose applications for Higher Capitation in Programme Year 2019/2020 have not yet been approved:
Higher Capitation preliminary payments
Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019
A second preliminary payment will be made on 1st November to providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were in receipt of the first preliminary payment. The second preliminary payment will be for a four-week period that will take providers to 20/10/2019. The payment is based on child FTE (we 18/10/2019) using the Max FTE CAP for services who were approved for higher capitation last year.
A third preliminary payment will be made on 8th November for any service provider who has still not been approved. This payment will be for a four week period that will take providers to 22/11/2019.
Preliminary Payments to ELC Providers NOT IN RECEIPT of Higher Capitation in 2018/2019
A preliminary payment will also be made on 29th October to service providers who have not yet been approved for Higher Capitation and who were not in receipt of Higher Capitation for 2018/2019. This payment will be for an eight week period.
A second preliminary payment will be made to these services on 8th November and this payment will be for a four week period.
Proof of qualification eligibility must be submitted for each relevant staff member present in a Higher Capitation session. Prior to submitting an application, a service provider should ensure that staff members’ qualifications are eligible, by verifying these on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications’ list.
Please see DCYA website https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/297c05-early-years-recognised-qualifications/?referrer=/cat/en/childcare/2210.htm/ for the application form and the documentation required by DCYA .
Please be advised that statements of results attached as qualification proof for staff members of Higher Capitation sessions, are only accepted when:
· QQI Level 5 and 6 qualifications are provided.
· The award is clearly confirmed
· Final results are confirmed (not provisional). If the statement of results is not clear on whether the award has been successfully completed, then further information should be requested to confirm (i.e. an official letter from the course provider). If an applicant is unable to confirm, they will have to apply for qualifications recognition.