Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme
ECCE 'Grant Funding Agreement' 2016/17 Now Available to Read/Download
The Contracting process for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes will begin shortly for the 2016-2017 ‘Programme Call’. The process this year will differ from previous years as it will be carried out by service providers on PIP. Please see the PIP Homepage for a summary of the contracting timeline and 'next steps' for the online contracting process.
You may now download the ECCE 'Grant Funding Agreement' for the 2016/17 Programme Call (As Gaeilge). This will be the document that Primary Authorised Users (those legally responsible for the childcare services) will see on PIP when they are submitting online applications to provide the ECCE Programme.
Please note: Changes to the ECCE Grant Funding Agreement may be made at the discretion of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Any such changes will be updated immediately on this webpage with clear notification of the changes made."
Please note: the following text has been added as of 13 July 2016: 5.5 This Agreement shall not affect any other agreements which may already be in place between the Registered Provider and the Grantor/Pobal in respect of capital funding.
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has introduced a new model to enable children with disabilities to access and fully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school provider. Further information is available at Access Inclusion Model website and Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) - Information and Contact Leaflet.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs recently wrote to all early years service providers advising them to ensure that all of their staff members working directly with children were fully aware of the fact that the new Child Care Regulations (which will be published shortly) will require all such staff to hold a minimum qualification of Level 5 or equivalent by 31st December 2016, and to advise that any unqualified staff members should commence training as soon as possible – availing of the Learner Fund as appropriate. Copies of the letters are here.
This letter has given rise to a number of queries from service providers. This Q & A document aims to provide answers to the most common queries.
Budget 2016 - Childcare
Budget 2016 contains a number of important measures to improve childcare services, including an extension of free pre-school from 1 September next. Information about the main improvements, in relation to childcare, are outlined in a Q&A on Budget 2016 document.
We will be working on the exact details of the improvements as we prepare for implementation, and we will communicate these as soon as they are available.
A set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (updated 7th December 2015) in relation to ECCE are available and will be updated regularly as questions arise and further developments are announced.
We have set up an email address for your questions and we will publish our answers as soon as possible. Please submit your queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The age criteria for the current and coming pre-school year is as follows in relation to the ECCE Programme:
To avail of the ECCE programme with effect from
Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)
September 2016 – June 2017
1st January 2012 – 31st August 2013
January 2017 – June 2017
1st January 2012 to 31st December 2013
April 2017 – June 2017
1st January 2012 – 31st March 2014
Guides to ECCE Programme 2016
Please see our section on Qualifications for more information.
Minimum ECCE Enrolment Exemptions
In certain circumstances a service may receive an exemption from the minimum number of ECCE children required per session for an ECCE contract. For more information and how to apply please see our information document and application form.
ECCE Higher Capitation for Service Provider
From September 2016 in ECCE services, Higher Capitation will be paid for individual ECCE Sessions where the ECCE Room leader holds a qualification recognised as meeting the minimum contract requirements for ECCE (“Higher Cap”) as set out on the published list of ‘Early Years Recognised Qualifications’, (or must otherwise be deemed eligible by the DCYA), and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the childcare sector. Services that have multiple ECCE sessions, but only one/some with a Room Leader with the necessary higher capitation qualification can avail of higher capitation funding for the part(s) of their service delivered by the ECCE Room leader(s).
The ECCE Higher Capitation rate will be passed on to services up to a total of the number of ECCE children allowed to participate in the qualifying Higher Capitation room based on an aggregate of:
(a) The relevant ‘capacity’ for ECCE-registered children allowable in the session to which the Higher Capitation Room Leader is assigned.
(b) The ECCE staff:child ratio in the session to which the Higher Capitation Room Leader is assigned.
The service should ensure that ECCE-registered children are assigned to the Higher Capitation session for which they are claiming higher capitation funding. The service will receive a rate of capitation up to a ‘full time equivalent’ number of ECCE children. The rate of capitation for which a service will be paid will depend on the full-time equivalent number of ECCE children registered on PIP. This number may change during the pre-school year, depending on the service’s ECCE registration patterns, however ECCE Higher Capitation cannot be claimed for ECCE-Registered children not attending ECCE Sessions led by a Higher Capitation-qualified Room Leader.
For more information see the attached ECCE Higher Capitation Application Process Guide (As Gaeilge) as well as the ECCE Higher Capitation FAQs (As Gaeilge).
The ECCE Higher Capitation Rate Application Form can be downloaded here (As Gaeilge).
The ECCE Higher Capitation Amendment Form can be downloaded here (As Gaeilge).
The ECCE Higher Capitation Session Capacity Reduction Form can be downloaded here (As Gaeilge).
Early Years Policies and Programmes,
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
43-49 Mespil Road,
Dublin 4, D04 YP52
Tel: 01 6473000
Fax: 01 6473224
An Rannóg ECCE,
Polasaithe agus Cláir na Luathbhlianta,
An Roinn Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige,
43-49 Bóthar Mespil,
Baile Átha Cliath 4, D04 YP52
Teil: 01 6473000
Facs: 01 6473224