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By: Laois County Childcare Committee  05/12/2011

New Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)

ECCE Scheme – Advanced Payment of Funds

The advance payment in respect of the provision of ECCE services from September 2010 has now been processed and the funds should be in the service’s bank account within 3 to 5 working days. The advance payment only includes those who had received a signed contract from the OMCYA by 25h August. Anyone who has been contacted regarding the provision of a tax clearance certificate and who has not provided same will not receive an advance payment until such time as the certificate is received by this Office.

In addition, it is not possible to issue an advance payment to services who have not provided their bank details to this Office using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) form (available for download on this website). Advance payments will be made in the next few weeks to services who missed the first run for the reasons outlined above, where an advance payment is due (see information re outstanding overpayments below).

The advance payment has been calculated on the basis of the number of eligible children in each service at the end of the last contract period. It comprises an 8 week payment for each eligible child at the appropriate rate MINUS any overpayment due to the OMCYA in respect of excess ECCE funds issued during the last contract period.


A sessional service with 8 eligible children and no outstanding overpayment will receive an advance payment of €4,128.00, made up as follows:

8 children X €64.50 X 8 weeks

  • If that service had an outstanding overpayment of €1,483.50, the advance payment will be €2,644.50, i.e. €4,128.00 – €1,483.50.
  • If the service is in receipt of higher capitation and has no outstanding overpayment, the advance payment would be €4,800, i.e. 8 children X €75.00 X 8 weeks.
  • A full-time service with 8 children and no outstanding overpayment would receive €3,104.00, i.e. 8 children X €48.50 X 8 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE that services participating in the ECCE Scheme for the first time from September 2010 will receive an advance payment on the conditions as set out above and based on the number of eligible children indicated on the application form SUBJECT TO a maximum of 10 children.

Childcare Employment and Training Support Scheme (CETS)

The Department of Children and Youth affairs launched a new scheme in 2010 called the Community Employment and Training Scheme (CETS). This scheme provides parents participating in FAS or VEC training programmes with FREE childcare for the duration of their course. This scheme has been developed in order to assist parents in undertaking training courses which, they may not have been in a position to do because of childcare costs. FAS/VEC trainees will be given a letter confirming their entitlement to the scheme and a list of participating Childcare Services in their area, whom they will call to book a place. If you want further information or are unable to find a place, please contact LCCC.

The third of the major childcare funding schemes is Community Childcare Subvention. This scheme allows community based childcare providers to offer reduced rates to parents that are in receipt of a social welfare payment such as job seekers benefit/assistance, Family Income Supplement and those in receipt of a medical card/GP visit card. In order to avail of a place on the CCS scheme parents must contact their local community based childcare provider, book their child into the service and fill in the necessary paperwork. (Places are subject to availability in the service and Parents may be asked for proof of social welfare entitlement).


The Governments National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) launched in December 2006 funds new or existing childcare services.

The aim of the NCIP is to create

  • 5,000 after-school and 10,000 pre-school education places
  • Support childcare facilities for disadvantaged parents and their children
  • Support quality measures for Childminders and Parent and Toddler Groups

The Childcare Programme will develop quality childcare supports and services, which will be delivered at local level, through the City and County Childcare Committees, under the co-ordination of Pobal. Those wishing to apply should contact their local City or County Childcare Committee.

Types of funding

The Capital Funding for the NCIP has now been utilised and presently we do not have an indication of when further funding will be available.

New or existing childcare services, private or community can however access other supports from LCCC such as:

  • Advice in setting up
  • Needs analysis
  • Develop services
  • Developing policies and procedures
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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