PIP Announcement re: Saver Management Window for CCSP and TEC

Saver Management Window for CCSP and TEC

Dear Service Provider,

Please be advised that the next Saver Management Window for CCSP and TEC will be opening on Friday 3rd April 2020. This will mean that forms will be made available via PIP Portal to allow Service Providers to complete any amendments to Eligible Saver Registrations. Please see below the upcoming Saver Management Windows:

Saver Management Windows
From To
February, 14th , 2020 March 9th , 2020
April 3rd, 2020 April 27th , 2020
June 26th , 2020 July 20th, 2020

Please note that these windows are the same as for CCSP and TEC Saver Registrations.

For TEC Registrations, no new Registrations may be made after Friday 14th February, and the window for amending Savers will remain open until 27th April as indicated above.

Updated FAQ from DCYA

Further to the FAQs that issued yesterday 30/03/20 relating to COVID 19 measures for providers and staff of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services, we have been receiving a number of additional questions and are endeavouring to compile and respond to them all, in consultation with colleagues from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and Revenue.

For now, please see below response relating to ELC and SAC providers who are self-employed:

What about ELC/SAC providers who are self-employed?

Self-employed ELC/SAC providers that are paid through the payroll system and are included in the relevant payroll submissions for an eligible employer, are included in the Revenue operated subsidy scheme and the DCYA operated WSCS.

Self-employed ELC/SAC providers that are not paid through the payroll system and are not included in the relevant payroll submissions for an eligible employer can apply directly for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) of €350 per week that is operated by DEASP under the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme.

Self-employed ELC/SAC providers with no employees can also avail of the DCYA overhead payment (i.e. 15% of staff wages with a minimum payment of €300 per week).

Self-employed ELC/SAC providers with employees can also avail of the WSS operated by Revenue and the WSCS operated by DCYA for their employees.

Can the payments made to self-employed ELC/SAC providers be included when calculating the overhead costs payable to Providers?

Yes. In calculating the overhead cost payable to self-employed ELC/SAC providers (i.e. 15% of staff wages with a minimum payment of €300 per week), the payments for these self-employed ELC/SAC providers (made either through WSS/WSCS or PUP) will be included in these calculations. Self-employed ELC/SAC providers with no employees can also avail of the overhead payment.

PIP Announcement re: CPD Payments for Hanen and/or Lámh Training

CPD Payments will be issued on Friday, 10th April to all services for participants who completed Hanen and/or Lámh trainings between 1st January and 7th March. Payment is issued automatically upon completion of a course.

Please note that each staff member can avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year and payments are calculated on this basis. Payments for all participants will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual. Re-imbursement by way of payment or time worked is the responsibility of the employer.

The rate of payment is €13 per hour.

If you have any queries regarding your payments, please contact aimtraining@betterstart.ie

Information and FAQs on COVID 19 Measures for providers and staff of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Services

 

Dear Service Provider,

Please see the attached letter from Minister Katherine Zappone and FAQs document in relation to the Government’s new Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme for the childcare sector.

The FAQs endeavour to provide details on what the Scheme means for providers, the qualifying criteria for the Scheme, and the operational procedures on how the Scheme will be rolled out. They can also be found on the DCYA’s website here.

Information relating to the Scheme is still evolving and accordingly the FAQs will be updated as additional information becomes available.

PIP announcement 26th March: National Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy

DCYA notice to Service Providers: National Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy

DCYA is continuing to work with other Government Departments to ensure the future of the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector.

DCYA can confirm that good progress is being made on introducing the Government’s new wage subsidy scheme and measures for the childcare sector. We understand that the lack of detailed specific childcare information is very frustrating at this time. We are currently drafting specific FAQs for the sector. As the DCYA measures significantly mirror the National Covid-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and other national business supports, it is necessary for us to await detailed information on the Wage Subsidy Scheme before issuing our sector specific FAQs.

In the interim, DCYA can confirm that payments for the various schemes have either already been paid up to 3rd April (as is the case for the ECCE, CCSP and TEC schemes) or will be paid (as is the case for NCS) up to 3rd April. We will revert to you as soon as possible.

PIP announcement 26th March: Early Years Capital Programme 2020

EARLY YEARS CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2020

 

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.

Statement from Minister Katherine Zappone: 25 March 2020

Statement from Minister Katherine Zappone

Minister Katherine Zappone announces measures to support Childcare Providers and Parents during Covid-19 closures

 

 

Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

Following the announcement yesterday of sustainability measures in response to Covid-19 by the Government, Minister Katherine Zappone, has provided further details to support the Childcare sector.

Outlining these measures, Minister Zappone said that, “These measures will:

  • Help to ensure that the Childcare Sector is in a position to reopen after Covid-19;
  • Provide parents with a reassurance that they are not required to pay childcare fees during this Covid crisis, while providing them with reassurance that they will maintain their childcare places;
  • Give Early Learning and Care Educators security; and
  • Retain vital Early Learning and Care Educators in the sector;”

The measures are as follows:

  1. Revenue will reimburse childcare employers by 70% of their pre-Covid-19 staff costs.
  2. In addition, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will reimburse childcare employers by 30% of their pre-Covid-19 staff costs.
  3. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will pay a retention top-up designed to retain staff in the sector
  4. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will fund Childcare Providers with a proportion of staff costs during the closure period to assist with their ongoing costs where needed.

These emergency measures will apply for up to 12 weeks in line with the Government’s announcement yesterday and reflect the unique challenges and demands facing the sector. They involve the re-purposing of funds already allocated to support the childcare sector.

Childcare Providers will be required to sign a new Covid-19 Emergency Agreement.  This will require providers to agree to a number of conditions that will include:

  • Not charging parents for childcare fees from this month onwards.
  • Assure parents that their children’s places are as secure as they can be post Covid-19.
  • Agree to ensure staff are paid at pre-Covid-19 levels, with the benefit of the funding from Revenue and DCYA.
  • Take active steps to reinstate their staff that have already been laid off on the same terms as above (with staff reinstated on pre-Covid terms and conditions).
  • Staff would use this time for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and other professional activities.  Employers will use this time to catch up on administrative tasks and familiarise themselves further with the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) and any other resources, including new resources which will be developed in the coming weeks.
  • Give consent to Revenue to provide evidence of staff costs to allow the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to process payments to providers.

State income is already in place for Childcare Providers until the end of this week.

 

The Minister stressed that these are emergency measures that will apply for up to 12 weeks, in accordance with the Government’s decisions in this area.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will roll out these measures as quickly as possible.

Notice from DCYA

In the context of the Taoiseach’s announcement last week regarding the closure of crèches and childcare facilities from close of business on 12 March 2020, you will be aware that these measures were taken to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and were in line with advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team.

 

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs wishes to remind providers that they are not permitted to open their premises to provide services for any purpose at present.

PIP Announcement: COVID-19 Notice 13th March 2020


Dear Service Provider,
In light of the recent communication from the Government regarding the closure of childcare facilities until 29th March, 2020 due to Covid-19, we wish to inform you of the following;
Pobal service delivery:
While Pobal plan to provide a full business as usual service, given the changing nature of the situation, our main objective will be to ensure that payments are made to Service Providers for all schemes for the duration of the closures.
Better Start:
All Better Start service visits have been suspended until such time as services re-open.
Any queries in relation to the following areas can be sent to the subsequent email addresses;
· Better Start Quality Development Service – can be emailed to quality@betterstart.ie.
· AIM support queries – can be emailed to aimrenewal@pobal.ie
· General queries – can be emailed to enquiries@betterstart.ie.
AIM L3 (Hanen Teacher Talk) training has been suspended as of 12th March 2020 and will be re-scheduled once the advised restrictions are lifted. Queries can be directed to AIMtraining@betterstart.ie
Please note, NSAI Aistear and Play training has also been suspended as of 12th March 2020 and will be re-scheduled once the advised restrictions are lifted. Queries can be sent to NSAI@betterstart.ie
Force Majeure:
Service Providers are not required to submit a force majeure application for the period of the Covid19 closure, to March 29th.
Payments:
Payments relating to ECCE, CCSP and TEC will continue as normal.
NCS returns will not be generated on the HIVE to Service Providers, but Pobal will make weekly payments based on approved valid claims/registrations. All invalid claims should be amended by today to ensure payments are made through the closure period.
Registrations:
Service Providers will not be permitted to submit any new registrations from 11.59pm on 12th March, for the period of closure. Service Providers are encouraged to ensure that all ECCE and NCS registrations are up to date as of today’s date.
Compliance:
In light of service provider closures, compliance visits have being suspended. They will recommence when services are reopened.
For all other queries please contact the Early Years Provider Centre on 01 5117222 or email eypc@pobal.ie
NOTE: Our phone line will remain open this evening until 7pm to answer any queries.
We will keep you posted as the situation develops.
Early Years Team
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DCYA Press Announcement: Minister Zappone welcomes launch of the Postal Application Process for the National Childcare Scheme

Minister Zappone welcomes launch of the Postal Application Process for the National Childcare Scheme

Published: 11 March 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

30,359 applications received to date for 39,572 children.

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) opened for online applications on 20th November 2019. To date 30,359 applications for support for 39,572 children have been processed. 3,646 childcare providers have contracted to deliver services under the NCS.

Welcoming the launch of the NCS postal application process, Minister Zappone said:

“I am delighted with the response to the National Childcare Scheme. Applications have been received for almost 40,000 children since the launch of the NCS on the 20th November 2019.
“The introduction of the postal application process provides another route for families who choose an “offline” route. I would like to see the numbers making applications continue to grow, and I encourage parents to visit our website www.ncs.gov.ie for more information on what they may be eligible for and how to apply using the online or postal application process.”

From 13 March 2020, families can continue to opt to apply online for subsidies under the NCS, or, they may choose to apply offline, by requesting a paper application form from the National Childcare Scheme – Parent Support Centre.

For most families, the quickest and easiest way to apply and receive a subsidy is by using the online application process. This requires a verified MyGovID account and families can apply directly at www.ncs.gov.ie. The innovative, purpose-built IT system of the NCS aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.

Alternatively, families who wish to apply for subsidies by post can contact the National Childcare Scheme – Parent Support Centre by phone (see details below) and the appropriate form will then be posted out for completion.

Subsidies awarded to families can be used with any participating Tusla registered, early learning and care and school age childcare providers. This includes Tusla registered childminders.

Under the NCS, families are being supported to meet the cost of quality early learning and care and school age childcare through a system of universal and income-related subsidies. Additional funding provided under Budgets 2019 and 2020 seeks to ensure that thousands of extra children will benefit from the NCS, beyond that originally expected. The additional investment should also ensure that thousands of other children will see increases to subsidies they were already eligible for. Income based subsidies are available to families with reckonable household incomes of up to €60,000 per annum. Depending on family circumstances, this can be in the region of €90,000 in gross income.

The NCS is paving the way for Ireland’s childcare system to transform from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the best.

Further information and resources for parents are available at www.ncs.gov.ie. The National Childcare Scheme – Parent Support Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm and can be contacted at 01 906 8530.

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