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​NCS Contracting 2020/2021: Important dates

​NCS Contracting 2020/2021: Important datesEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Following on from the previous Programme Contracting and Programme Readiness announcements, we would like to bring your attention to the below points based on the clarification* to the 2019/20 Contract:

  • For services who re-contract to NCS 2020/21 on/before 31st August 2020, there will be no break to payments based on valid registrations/claims. These services will continue to be paid for the 2020/21 programme call until the 22nd August 2021.
  • For any services that do not renew their contract by 31st August, claims will continue to be paid on valid registrations up to week beginning 31st August 2020 (based on the weekly returns, payments will continue to the 6th Sept 2020). All claims will be end-dated after 31st August 2020.
  • Where a Service renews their NCS contract after the 31st August deadline they will be required to create new claims for Children registered in their Service.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the below points relating to NCS. It is important that providers are aware of these, as this will always be the case with NCS.

  • NCS service calendars for both 2020 and 2021 (current year and the next year) are required on the Early Years Hive in order to cover an award lasting up to 52 weeks. Please see the Service Calendar Quick Guide on the Hive for more information.
  • There is no backdating of claims for NCS. Providers will not be paid for weeks where attendance was not registered. CHICKs need to be fully registered on Hive on the week children start attending in order to receive payments.

Please note that Initial Term in clause 9.1 of the NCS Funding Agreement 2019/2020 will expire on 23rd August 2020 and not on 31st August 2020. This change was necessitated by technical administrative reasons and will not affect payments for those signing up to the NCS contract in 2020/21. For those who do not seek to renew the agreement for a further year on 23rd August 2020, payments will continue until 31st August.

Early Years Team

Early Years Provider Centre: Change of Phone Line Support Opening Hours as of 17/08/20

Early Years Provider Centre: Change of Phone Line Support Opening Hours as of 17/08/20PobalLogo

Our dedicated Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) is a specific point of contact for queries regarding existing DCYA childcare funded programmes, providing multi-channel support (Phone, Email, and Hive Service Request) to all early learning and care service providers service providers and CCCs.

We reopened our phone support channel on 6th July providing phone support in addition to online support to Service Providers during the hours of 08.30 – 16.30, Monday to Friday.

Following a review of incoming customer call demand, we are now amending our phone channel operating hours to 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday from Monday next, 17th August.

These revised opening hours will enable us to better support the needs of all our customers.

We are conscious of the many asks on Service Providers at the moment and would ask you make use of the readily available guidance material which is available on the PIP Portal or the Early Years Hive before contacting us.

To contact us, raise a Request via the Early Years Hive, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222.

​Webinar: Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings

Webinar: Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settingsinfectious control

Dear provider,

Please note that the webinar hosted on the 31st of July by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Settings is now available on the First 5 website.

This recorded webinar provides an opportunity for services to get an overview of the public health Guidance directly from the HPSC, the authors of the Guidance. It also covers some of the queries which arose since the publication of the first version of the Guidance and which have been addressed in the revised version (31st July).

Please also note that revised Guidance from the HPSC (31st July) is available on the First 5 website.

The Department would like to thank Prof. Martin Cormican and Mary McKenna for delivering this Webinar.

Kind regards,
Early Years Division.

Email to providers from DCYA re. COVID-19 Sustainability Support Funding

Dear provider,DCYA main logo

On 25 July the Minister announced the Department’s July Jobs Stimulus Funding Package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector.

The funding package for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) sector from 24 August to end 2020 includes:

  1. Continuation of all DCYA ELC and SAC subsidy schemes (NCS, CCSP, TEC) and resumption of the ECCE Programme at existing capitation and subsidy rates, including ECCE Higher Capitation;
  2. Access to the Revenue-operated EWSS. A special exemption for early learning and childcare services to the turnover rule within EWSS has been included to recognise the need to retain capacity in the sector and support parents to access childcare places and get back to work.
  3. A sustainability fund will be accessible to providers (not-for-profit and for-profit) who can demonstrate that the other measures are not sufficient by themselves to enable viable operation of their business.

While services will differ, DCYA believes that the funding package available should allow most services not to increase parental fees and to maintain staff wages while remaining sustainable.

Where providers are struggling with an imminent threat to the viability of the service arising from a demonstrated decline in occupancy and/or demonstrated increase in costs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DCYA encourages them to seek financial support in the form of the COVID-19 Sustainability Support funding. A service will need to adhere to its registered Fees List as of 12 March to be eligible to access this funding.

Further detail about the eligibility criteria and how to access this funding will be made available on 14 August.

DCYA encourages providers to review their financial situation in light of the available funding package and wait until they have the full detail to consider whether they may be suitable for Sustainability Funding before making changes to fees or wages.

Early Years Division.

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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