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Schedule for Service Provider ECCE Training – ECCE Registrations, AIM Level 1 and Higher Cap

Schedule for Service Provider ECCE Training – ECCE Registrations, AIM Level 1 and Higher Cap

Early Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,
 
Please see the schedule for Service Provider training on ECCE registrations, Aim Level 1 registration and Higher Capitation registration taking place next week.
 
A webinar link will be emailed to all Service Providers in that area the day before the webinar is scheduled. If you are unable to attend, a recorded version will be made available after the date.
 
Day/Date
County/Division
Time
Tues 18th August 2020
Dublin City
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Tues 18th August 2020
South Dublin
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Tues 18th August 2020
Fingal
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Wed 19th August 2020
Cork City and County
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Wed 19th August 2020
Limerick, Clare, Kerry
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Wed 19th August 2020
Tipp, Waterford, KK, Wexford
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Thurs 20th August 2020
Wicklow, Carlow, Laois, Kildare
 
10:15am to 11:30am
Thurs 20th August 2020
Offaly, WestMeath, Meath, Longford, Louth
 
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Thurs 20th August 2020
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Fri 21st August 2020
Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan, Donegal, Dun Laoighre and Rathdown
 
10:15am to 11:30am

ECCE September Readiness 2020/2021 on the Early Years Hive

ECCE September Readiness 2020/2021 on the Early Years HiveEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Please see the key information and dates for registrations and payments for ECCE on the Early Years Hive over the coming weeks.

Before registrations can commence:

  • Service calendars and fees lists must be submitted before registrations can be approved
  • Services must have signed the ECCE Funding Agreement 2020-2021

Quick guides are available on the ECCE Resources section of the Useful Links page on the Early Years Hive on creating a service calendar and fees list for ECCE.

Registrations open - 17th August 2020

Payments – 21st August 2020

Important: If services wish to be included in the first batch of preliminary payments, services must come into contract prior to COB 17th August 2020. Preliminary payment for ECCE will be made to the bank account associated with ECCE on the Early Years Hive.

The full ECCE 2020/2021 payment schedule can be found here.

ECCE programme year 2020/2021

What’s new?

  • ECCE is now administered on the Early Years Hive.
  • PIP will no longer be used to administer ECCE.
  • All programme readiness tasks; on-boarding, contracting, fees list and calendars to be done by service providers on the Hive.
  • Qualification tasks to be done on the Hive.
  • All childcare registrations to be done on the Hive.
  • Application for Higher Capitation and Aim Level 1 done on the Hive.
  • All service providers’ queries to be issued through the Requests function on Hive.

What is not changing?

  • The ECCE programme has not changed and the rules of the programme remain the same.
  • Registrations will continue to be done by service providers.
  • No CHICK is required for ECCE registrations.
  • A CHICK is used only for NCS.
  • No PSC card is required for ECCE registrations.

If you have any queries, please contact Pobal’s Early Years Provider Centre by logging a Service Request on the Early Years Hive, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01-5117222, you can also contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.

Early Years Team

​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.

*Clarification
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.

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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