Extra €3.5m payment announced for childcare providers

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Extra €3.5m payment announced for childcare providers

Service providers who sign up to More Affordable Childcare measures from this September to benefit from new ‘non-contact’ funding measure

An extra €3.5m will be made available to childcare providers in the form of a  ‘non-contact  time payment’ announced today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.

“I  know that childcare providers put in long hours beyond their core time  working  with  children, ensuring that they can deliver quality childcare through Government programmes. Today’s  measure,  on  top of the €14.5m I secured in Budget 2017, is  intended  to  ensure that staff can be paid for their contribution to meeting the administrative demands”

This  is in addition to €14.5 million in non–contact time payments  negotiated  in  Budget  2017  and  which will be paid to providers delivering various Government childcare schemes from June 26th.The new payments will be made before the end of the year.
Today’s  announcement will benefit childcare providers participating in the Community  Childcare  Subvention  (CCS  and  CCSP)  and  the  Training  and Employment  Childcare  (TEC)  programmes. All services signed up to deliver these schemes from September will be invited to apply.
“Government  has  a responsibility to support the provision of quality childcare.  This measure reflects a continued commitment to assisting childcare  providers with the demands they face every day meeting the needs of children, parents, funders and regulators.”
Approximately  1,700  childcare services currently provide these childcare subsidisation  programmes.  However,  it  is  expected  that  numbers  will increase  significantly  this September as more lower income parents become eligible  for enhanced financial supports, and all parents of children aged between  6  and  36  months  in  registered childcare become eligible for a weekly universal subsidy.

The  payment  to  providers  is intended to make a contribution towards the administration  and  non-contact  hour  costs involved in providing quality childcare.  In  particular,  the  new funding recognises the time providers need  to spend  familiarising themselves with the new affordable childcare measures, signing contracts, meeting regulatory and compliance requirements and assisting parents with understanding how they can benefit.
The  measure provides for a payment equivalent to an additional seven days’ funding for services.
All  providers of the Department’s funded childcare programmes will be able to  apply  for the Budget 2017 Non-Contact payment from the week commencing June  26th  and  at a later date for the additional funding associated with the September 2017 affordable childcare measures.