Funding Schemes

There are a number of Funded Schemes provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for Early Years Childcare.  Please see the list of schemes available in menu box on the right of this page. 

 Latest from Pobal on September Programme Readiness (July 2019)


Programme Readiness 2019/20

The re-contracting process with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) childcare funding programmes 2019/20 will begin on Monday 10th June, 2019. 


The process this year will be similar to previous years, where each service provider must certify the 2019/20 PAU, Organisation details and Service details in order to activate any contracts.  


This year the following Programme Readiness features will be available from 10th June

-          PAU Certification

-          Organisation Details Certification

-          Service Details Certification

-          Re-contracting for ECCE, CCSP, TEC

-          National Childcare Scheme (NCS) contracting

-          Fees List

-          Service Calendars

-          NCS Transition Support Payment (NCS TSP)

-          NCS Capital



Information for ECCE and Targeted Childcare Programmes


The existing targeted childcare funding programmes (other than CCS) will continue until the commencement of NCS , and thereafter in a limited way.  The DCYA have issued the

Rules for DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes , which outlines the rules for the legacy childcare schemes – Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) and Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) programmes. Transition DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes rules are available here


Please note that the Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) will terminate at the end of the 2018/19 programme call.


ECCE is a standalone programme and will not be affected by the introduction of NCS. DCYA rules for the ECCE programme are available here


2019/20 Contracts for the existing DCYA funded childcare programmes will be available very shortly on the DCYA website


ECCE 2019-20 Optional Extras Guide   


An Optional Extras Guide for ECCE 2019-20 has been added to the PIP Portal under ECCE Programme Information, and can also be found here.

Please note that with the exception of sessional only services, no extra time-slots of any duration are permitted as optional extras on ECCE.  


ECCE Registrations How to Guide 2019-20


The How to Guide for ECCE Registrations for Service Providers for 2019-20 is available to download  here .



ECCE 2018/2019 Programme Closure


The 2018/2019 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 27th August 2018 to 28th June 2019 will close at 6pm Friday 9th August 2019.

Pobal will change the status of all ECCE 2018/2019 Contracts to ‘Inactive’ and this will appear on the PIP Portal.

At this point, Early Years Services will not be able to create new child registrations on the PIP Portal.


Please check all ECCE 2018/2019 registrations in advance of 9th August 2019:

  • If new registrations are required please submit before the deadline of 9th August 2019.
  • Amendments can be made until 27th September 2019.
  • Payments on these registrations will be facilitated until 6th December 2018.


Any overpayments made to services in 2018/2019 will be carried forward and deducted from the preliminary ECCE payment for 2019/2020.


Higher Capitation Applications will also be closed from 31st July 2019, after which point, no new submission of Applications may be made. Resubmissions of existing Higher Capitation Applications may be possible until 9th August 2019.


If your service is closing please inform Pobal via



National Childcare Scheme (NCS)


To allow Service Providers to sign-up for the National Childcare Scheme in advance of the commencement of the Scheme, the NCS contracts will be available on PIP for activation until the NCS commencement in October 2019 (after which all contracting and related activities will take place on the new Early Years Platform).  The NCS contract can be found at this link,  and a set of explanatory notes to the contract is available here.


Both the NCS Transition Support Payment (TSP) application and the NCS Capital application will be available to all Service Providers who enter into contract on the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) for the 2019/20 programme call. 


Only the PAU will have permission to submit these application forms.  Only one application for the TSP and one application for the capital grant can be submitted in respect of a service.  The application forms can only be submitted when the National Childcare Scheme contract has been activated.




The application window for NCS TSP will open for 14 weeks from Monday June 10th to Friday September 13th

 Payments will be calculated and issued from October 2019.


NCS Capital Grant Scheme


The application window for NCS Capital will open for 18 weeks fromMonday June 10th to Friday October 11th


Payments will be issued on a weekly basis from October 2019.


For more information please refer to the Capital Grant Scheme guidelines which are available at this link.