All ECCE, TEC, CCS and CCSP services to benefit from non-contact hours

More than €13 Million will be made available to Early Years providers in the form of a ‘non-contact time payment’ first announced in Budget 2017 by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone

All Early Years providers participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) and Community Childcare Subvention (CCS and CCSP) programmes are invited to apply.

The payment is intended to make a contribution towards the costs involved in providing quality childcare that Early Years providers incur through non-contact work and administration.

This measure provides for a payment equivalent to an additional seven days’ funding for services. This has been calculated on a scheme by scheme basis, based on peak programme registrations during the 2016-17 cycle.

A short programme readiness task (e-form) will be made available within the next two weeks on PIP for the PAU (Primary Authorised User) for your Early Years facility to complete in order to receive a payment. One e-form must be completed per facility by the PAU.

The payment will be made automatically in the next payment run following completion of this form.

The form will appear as below on your PIP page:

Programme Readiness Task – Non Contact Payment 2016-2017
The PAU for the organisation is requested to complete one application per Early Years facility.  
DCYA Reference No: 17/ZZ/100
Organisation Name: Pobal Daycare
I confirm that I wish to apply for the “non-contact time” payment in respect of contracted funding programmes 2016-2017 on behalf of the above organisation.
I confirm that we have addressed/resolved any outstanding compliance/verification issues.
I accept that this payment is subject to recoupment by deduction from programme funding payments where a compliance visit in the 2017-2018 cycle finds this service to be ‘major non-compliant’ in a category in which this service has also been found to be ‘major non-compliant’ during the 2016-17 programme year. I acknowledge that decisions in this regard will be at the sole discretion of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Once approved for funding, I confirm that the non-contact payment can be made into one of the bank accounts that have been set up for my service on PIP.



Q&A for Early Years providers:

How is the non-contact time payment calculated?


The payment is equal to 1.4 weeks’ (seven days’) payment at the capitation level applicable to your service, so €90.30 (€64.50*1.4) per standard capitation child and €105 (€75*1.4) per higher capitation child.

For example, a service with 20 children at the standard capitation rate will receive €1,806 (20*€90.30).


€70 (€50*1.4) per Band B child (FTE); €133 (€95*1.4) per Band A child.  A service with 20 full-time Band A children will receive €2,660.


CETS: €203 (€145*1.4) per child

ASCC (w/pick up): €112 (€80*1.4) per child

ASCC: €56 (€40*1.4) per child

CE Childcare: €112 (€80*1.4) per child

So, for example, a service with 20 full-time children on CE Childcare programme will receive €2,240.

  • What is this payment intended to cover?

The non-contact payment is intended to cover costs incurred in paying staff to work on additional administration and non-contact work undertaken by services during 2016-17.

  • What are the conditions in relation to this payment?

Because this payment is in relation to administrative work undertaken during 2016-17, services are expected to have completed the required administration to an adequate standard.

The principal condition attached to this payment is that Early Years providers must certify that they have rectified any compliance issues highlighted by Pobal compliance visits during the 2016-17 compliance cycle. Pobal will be conducting follow-up visits to major non-compliant services as a priority in the 2017-18 compliance cycle, and where the issue or issues identified in the previous year are found to have not been adequately addressed, the Early Years provider will be liable to refund the full amount of the non-contact payment received.

  • Will all categories of ‘Major Non-Compliance’ result in a liability for refund arising?

No – the Department is continually revising and improving the compliance cycle, and issues raised by Early Years providers will be taken into account in the 2017-18 cycle. For example, the issue of ‘Minimum numbers’ enrolled in the ECCE programme will no longer be subject to a finding of ‘major non-compliance’, and so this issue will not trigger a requirement to refund the non-contact time payment. The Department will publish the revised compliance framework prior to the 2017-18 compliance cycle. A full list of major non-compliance categories for the 2016-17 cycle is available here.

  • Will the non-contact time payment be a one-off payment, or will there be a non-contact payment in the 2017-18 cycle?

DCYA has secured funding for non-contact time for the ECCE programme for the 2017-18 cycle. More streamlined means of administration of the payment are under consideration. The Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS), when introduced, will subsume CCS and TEC. Consideration is currently being given to how recognition of non-contact time can best be put into place in 2018 and beyond.

For further information pkease contact the office on: 062 64200