Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Early Childhood Care and Education
425. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if consideration will be given to funding structures for ECCE providers to ensure they receive a payment in December 2019 to assist with cash flow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53823/19]
My Department must adhere to the Rules concerning Exchequer funding. With this in mind, officials from my Department have reviewed the payment arrangements to services providing my Department’s early learning and care and school age childcare programmes.
Pobal administers the various schemes and issues payments on behalf of my Department. On the 10thDecember 2019, there was an announcement on Pobal's Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP / IT system), concerning the payment arrangements for Christmas 2019 for all early learning and care and school age childcare services.
An additional ECCE payment will be made on the 20thDecember 2019, to pay services open during the week beginning the 30thDecember, up until the 3rdJanuary 2020.
Due to the above amendment, the first ECCE payment in 2020 will now cover the period 06/01/2020 – 31/01/2020.