• Important DCYA Notice: Expansion of Department of Children and Youth Affairs Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme to Community/Not-for-Profit Childcare Services

    Posted on November 10, 2015 by in News Updates

    dcya logo largeNOTICE – 10th November 2015 CCS 2015/16 Programme Call

    Note: The 2015 CCS Expansion does not apply to private childcare providers. A separate CCS expansion catering for a targeted number of private childcare providers will commence in early 2016. Further details will be made available from December 2015.

     

    Background

    The CCS Programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. Participation in the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme is currently restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services. There are currently approximately 850 community/not-for-profit childcare services nationwide participating in the CCS Programme, catering for up to 27,000 children annually.

    Due to economic constraints, Budget 2012 closed the CCS Programme to new applications from community/ not-for-profit childcare services wishing to enter the CCS Programme. This restriction is now being lifted.

     

    Budget 2016 – CCS Expansion

    Under Budget 2016, Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced a major package of strategic investment in affordable, quality and accessible childcare. Part of this package involves expansion of the CCS Programme, to be rolled out in the coming months. This expansion will be rolled out in phases:

    Phase 1: Lifting the FTE Caps within existing CCS services (with effect from October 2015)

    Phase 2: Expansion of the CCS Programme to Community/Not-for-Profit childcare providers (with effect from November 2015)

    Phase 3: Expansion of the CCS Programme to a targeted number of private childcare providers (with effect from early 2016)

     

    Phase 1:        Lifting the FTE Caps within existing CCS services (with effect from October 2015)

    Notice in relation to the lifting of this restriction was issued in October 2015 and services currently in contract under the CCS Programme were advised to register all eligible children in attendance in the service in time for the CCS snap-shot week (5th – 9th October 2015).

    Where a child was not registered before the deadline of Friday 23rd October 2015 but was in attendance/enrolled in the service for the CCS snap-shot week, CCS Registrations Late Entrant Appeals can be submitted.

     

    Phase 2:        Expansion of the CCS Programme to Community/Not-for-Profit childcare providers (with effect from November 2015)

    Who can apply?

    • Only services actively in contract with the DCYA under at least one of the other childcare funding programmes (ECCE and/or TEC) and already have access to the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) may submit expressions of interest to join the CCS Programme.

     

    • To be eligible for Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) funding, all services must be legally constituted or operate under another legally constituted body. The service shall be a not-for-profit organisation, limited company by guarantee, religious organisation, School Board of Management or State Body.

     

    Other terms

    • Administration of the programme shall be the responsibility of Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, via the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). The Term of the contract shall be from November 2015 to August 2016, after which new contracts will be agreed in conjunction with the official programme contracting period in 2016.

     

    • Participating services must demonstrate tax compliance by providing a current Tax Clearance Certificate.

     

    • Participating services must agree to use grant funding received under the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme to reduce the childcare fees charged to qualifying parents of children attending the service.

     

    • Parents will qualify for reduced childcare fees where they meet the CCS criteria (based on eligibility snap-shot week 5-9th October 2015), outlined in the DCYA Childcare Programmes Information and FAQ document.

     

    • Services will be required to complete all contractual requirements and have a counter-signed contract in place with the DCYA before registering children for the CCS Programme.

     

    • All approved providers will be required to submit for approval, a Fees Policy to their local CCC which demonstrates that the appropriate reductions in childcare fees for qualifying parents will be applied. This is not required to happen before contracts are made active.

     

    • Providers must be aware that the registration process and eligibility validation process takes a period of time after initial registration to confirm approval of funding. While a provisional payment will be made to the service provider based on proposed eligibility, this funding is subject to being refunded to the DCYA where approval is not confirmed. Therefore, service providers should satisfy themselves of proof of eligibility before passing on the subvention to the parent or charge the normal fee until such time as funding has been approved and then refund the parent back-dated to date from which funding is provided.

     

    How much does the DCYA pay for CCS-funded children?

    Information on the CCS Programme including Band types and weekly payments may be found on the DCYA Website (www.dcya.ie) or PIP Homepage (www.pobal.ie) under ‘DCYA Childcare Programmes Information and FAQs’

     

    What are the CCS eligibility criteria for parents/children?

    Details of CCS eligibility criteria may be found on the DCYA Website (www.dcya.ie) or PIP Homepage (www.pobal.ie) under ‘DCYA Childcare Programmes Information and FAQs’

     

    How will I register children for the CCS Programme?

    Once a CCS Contract has been countersigned with the DCYA, the DCYA will make the CCS Contract active on the PIP System, which will allow CCS registration forms to be completed. You will already be familiar with the PIP system from the ECCE and/or TEC Programmes. The ‘CCS How to Guide for Service Providers’ (available from the PIP Homepage) offers detailed instructions on how to register CCS children on the PIP system. New CCS services will be required to submit registrations as ‘Late Entrant Appeals’ attaching proof of eligibility during the 2015 snap-shot week (5th – 9th October 2015) however the childcare start date can be no earlier than Monday 2nd November 2015

     

    I’ve heard that the CCS programme has a ‘snapshot’ week in October. Will there be an additional ‘snapshot’ week for new CCS services?

    New CCS Services will be required to submit a registration form with a registration request ‘Other’ and stating ‘CCS Community Expansion’ in the comment box and attaching proof of eligibility during the 2015 snap-shot week (5th – 9th October 2015) however the childcare start date can be no earlier than Monday 2nd November 2015.

    New CCS Services will have until Friday 12th December 2015 to submit registrations on PIP after which provisional payments will be issued based on these registrations.

     

    Reminder: CCS funding will be based on HSE/Department of Social Protection eligibility held by parents/children during the week of Monday 5th to Friday 9th Oct 2015.

     

    I want to apply! What do I do next?

    Send an e-mail to express your interest in applying for a CCS Contract to ccsapplications@dcya.gov.ie with the following information:

    • Name of your community/not-for-profit childcare service
    • Existing DCYA Reference No. (e.g. 12DY00XX)
    • Current postal address of your childcare service
    • Proposed CCS session types to be offered (full-time, part-time, etc.)
    • The number of CCS children you expect to be able to register

    If your service is: a) community/not-for-profit, and b) you already hold a contract with DCYA to run the ECCE and/or TEC Programmes, we will post an application form to you, along with a CCS Contract for completion and signing.

    Your completed application form and CCS Contract will be processed upon their return to the DCYA. Contracts will only be countersigned on receipt of all required information.

    Please note: The deadline for submissions of interest is Friday 8th January 2016.

     

    I am a Service that is already ‘in contract’ for the CCS Programme. Can I register more children who started in my service after the CCS Snap-shot week?

    CCS Service Providers who are already in contract under the CCS Programme can continue to submit child registrations in two ways:

    1. CCS Late Entrant Appeal where the child was in the service over the CCS snap-shot week (5th-9th October 2015) but the registration was not submitted on time.
    2. For any child that started in the service after the CCS Snap-shot week (5th-9th October 2015) but would have otherwise been eligible then Late Entrant Appeals can be submitted. However the childcare start date on the registration can be no earlier than Monday 2nd of November 2015. Registrations must be submitted before Friday 12th December 2015.

     

    Phase 3: Expansion of the CCS Programme to a targeted number of private childcare providers (with effect from early 2016 – see note above)

    The 2015 CCS Expansion does not apply to private childcare providers. A separate CCS expansion catering for a targeted number of private providers will commence in early 2016. Further details will be made available from December 2015.

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