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PIP Announcement AIM




Dear Service Provider

The AIM 2020/2021 programme year is now open for new applicants. Application forms are accessible via the AIM tab on the PIP portal.


Please note, although the AIM application system is open, in light of public health guidance, the delivery of AIM supports are dependent on the timing and nature of the re-opening of the ECCE programme for 2020/21. Further detail on this will be made available by the DCYA in due course.


Also, any AIM support awarded for the 2020/2021 pre-school year will be subject to the childcare service re-opening and the participation of the child or children in pre-school.


Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, a number of temporary changes are being implemented to facilitate the submission and processing of AIM applications. Further information on these changes are available here, please read this document carefully before submitting an application.


Applicants should apply as early as possible to ensure that the relevant supports are in place when required. 


If you require assistance, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Early Years Team


DCYA Announcement -Programme Readiness 2020/2021


DCYA Announcement on COVID-19 and Programme Readiness 2020/21


The DCYA are working towards the significant challenges of a phased reopening of early learning and care facilities for 29th June, in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.  The lifting of restrictions and the progression to each stage of this roadmap is dependent on the containment of the COVID-19 virus.

Working closely with the DCYA, Pobal are preparing our systems – PIP and the Early Years Hive to support the range of measures in relation to funding that may be introduced in coming weeks.

As a result of COVID 19 restrictions, it does mean that we are currently not in a business as usual model, that being said we do invite you to make preliminary preparations for Programme Readiness 2020/2021.

The DCYA and Pobal look forward to building on the very constructive engagement we have had with the sector during this challenging time for our country.

Programme Readiness 2020/21

The first step in Programme Readiness 2020/21 is the launch of the on-boarding process on EYP for NCS and ECCE, and on PIP for CCSP Savers and TEC Savers on 2nd June, 2020.  

We are asking PAUs (Primary Authorised Users) for your organisation to set up accounts on the Early Years Hive if you haven’t used it before and to ensure that your organisation details are up to date on both the HIVE and PIP. 

These readiness tasks include:

  • PAU Certification
  • Organisation details certification
  • Service details certification

For Service Providers who have not previously on-boarded onto the Early Years Hive, this can be completed following the steps in the Quick Guides and Useful Links or following the videos on the NCS YouTube channel. Guidance on on-boarding on PIP can be found in this How-to Guide.

At this is the initial phase of programme readiness, only activities associated with on-boarding can be completed. This includes updating the following: PAU (Primary Authorised User), Organisation details, bank account, portal users, service provider details, Tusla registration, service calendar and fees list. Notes: service calendars and fees lists will be available for CCSP Savers and TEC Savers at a later date.

As we move through the Phases of reopening, we will keep you informed as to when the full suite of programme readiness and contracting processes will be available. We will give you additional information at that time on your requirements and relevant opening and closing dates.

Programme Support Payment (PSP) 2020/21

Programme Support Payments (PSP) will open for applications on PIP from Friday May 29 until Friday June 12 2020; the payments will issue after the application process ends.
A more detailed notice for PSP is available on the PIP Portal and a ‘How to Guide’ including screen shots explaining how to apply through the service provider portal is attached here.

Late applications for PSP will not be accepted.

If a service does not wish to apply, then the advance payment must be returned. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements to return the payment.




PIP Announcement- TWSCS Payments


PIP Announcement


TWSCS Payments


Dear Service Provider,


Please be aware that this week’s payments have been made to all services who accepted the TWSCS funding agreement and submitted an application form by Tuesday 26th May. This is week 2 of the payment that was scheduled for 22nd May, bringing payments up to 5th June.


Any providers who have had their application queried have received a further week’s preliminary payment.


All other service providers’ payments have been calculated for weeks 1- 9 (to 5th June), based on the information in the application form. Preliminary payments paid to date have been reconciled against the actual payment due. Where an overpayment was identified in this reconciliation, no payment was issued this week.


If you have any queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or raise a service request on the Early Years Hive.


Early Years Team




PIP Announcement- Scheduled Maintenance Hive


PIP Announcement


Early Years Hive - Scheduled Maintenance


Dear Service Provider,


Both the National Childcare Scheme website ( and the Early Years Hive will be unavailable today, Thursday 28/5/05  for a maximum of 6 hours between 3pm and 9pm, due to scheduled maintenance. 


During this time, the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) will have limited capacity to assist as internal systems will also be affected.


We try to keep temporary downtime such as this to a minimum, however, they are essential for the development and improvement of the Early Years Hive.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.


Early Years Team




PIP Announcement - Technical Difficulties


PIP Announcement - Technical difficulties with the CCS returns portal


Technical difficulties with the CCS returns portal


Dear Service provider,


Some services are currently experiencing technical difficulties while trying to access the CCS returns portal today. 


We have highlighted the issue with our ICT department, and hope to have it rectified soon. Thank you for your patience


Early Years Team