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Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

Programme Readiness Phase 2 Announcement for Service Providers

​Dear Service Provider,

Following on from the release of Programme Readiness (Phase 1 – 29th May) 2020/21, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal are happy to announce the launch of Phase 2 of Programme Readiness (Phase 2) for the 2020-2021 programme year this week.

In Phase 1, Services were able to complete pre-Funding Agreement (pre-contracting) tasks including PAU certification, and inputting organisation and service provider details, and Tusla registrations.

Services were able to update their profiles on the Early Years Hive e.g. add or amend portal users, bank account details and TUSLA registrations.

Details of the Phase 1 announcement and the relevant guides were contained in the announcement here.

Phase 2 will see the release of Funding Agreements across all programmes (NCS, ECCE, CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes) and fees list and service calendar for CSSP/TEC Saver Programmes.

NCS and ECCE Programmes

Contracting for ECCE will be available on the Early Years Hive on 28th July and NCS will be available on the Early Years Hive on 31st July. A PDF copy of the NCS contract can be found under ‘National Childcare Scheme Contracting’ here and a copy of the ECCE contract can be found here.

The NCS Policy Guidelines can be found under the ‘Overview of the Scheme’ here and the ‘Rules for the ECCE Programme 2020-2021’ can be found here.

A quick guide on how to complete programme readiness on the Hive is located here: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/how-to-guides/programme-readiness/ or a tutorial can be found on our YouTube channel here.

For further information relating specifically to the ECCE Programme please visit the ECCE Resources section under Useful Links on the Hive: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/useful-links/

CCSP and TEC Saver Programmes

The CCSP/TEC Saver Programmes will continue to be managed on PIP for the 2020/21 programme year. Contracting for these programmes will be available on 31st July.

The ‘Rules for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021’ are available here and the ‘Rules for the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021’ document is here.

A PDF copy of the TEC Saver Programme Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available here and a PDF copy of the CCSP Programme Saver Funding Agreement 2020-2021 is available for here.

Guidance to assist with PAU certification and onboarding on PIP can be found in this How-To Guide. For assistance with on-boarding onto the Hive, you may also contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) by raising a Service Request on the Hive or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01 5117222.

There are also guides to assist with Fees List and Service calendar for the CCSP Saver Programme 2020-2021 here and the TEC Saver Programme 2020-2021 here.

Thank you,

Early Years Team

 PLEASE NOTE YOU NEED TO BE SIGNED ONTO PIP TO OPEN THE ABOVE LINKS