Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (589)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

589. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if it is the policy of her Department, or the agents under the remit of her Department, to check all PPS numbers of children supplied by ECCE providers with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to confirm that the numbers quoted are correct and that the children are eligible and resident here; if so, the number of PPS numbers checked in each of the years 2015 to 2018; and the number of cases which required additional investigation. [11479/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

In order to register a child for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme, the parent/guardian must supply their chosen childcare service provider with the child's PPS number.

The PPS number is then checked by Pobal, who administer ECCE on behalf of my Department, via the Department of Social Protection and Employment Affairs database on the Programme Implementation Platform (PIP) to ensure that the PPS number supplied is valid and matches the child's details as supplied, and that the child is in the eligible age bracket to register for ECCE. If this PPS number check fails, the registration is returned to the service provider who informs the parent/guardian. Pobal does not investigate further.

This process must be completed for every registration made on the PIP system by childcare providers.

All figures are taken from the PIP CRM and are correct as at the 11th of March 2019.

Total Registrations ECCE 2014

-

-

-

-

71,683.00

Programme Call

Approved

Declined

Deferred

Provisional

Grand Total

ECCE 2014

68,333.00

3,307.00

41.00

2.00

71,683.00

Total Registrations ECCE 2015/2016

81,251.00

Programme Call

Approved

Declined

Deferred

Provisional

Grand Total

ECCE 2015

77,449.00

3,797.00

-

5.00

81,251.00

Total Registrations ECCE 2016/2017

132,935.00

Programme Call

Approved

Declined

Deferred

Provisional

Grand Total

ECCE 2016

128,497.00

4,432.00

-

6.00

132,935.00

Total Registrations ECCE 2017/2018

132,153.00

Programme Call

Approved

Declined

Deferred

Provisional

Grand Total

ECCE 2017

126,470.00

5,652.00

-

31.00

132,153.00

Total Registrations ECCE 2018/2019

117,121.00

Programme Call

Approved

Declined

Deferred

Provisional

Grand Total

ECCE 2018

113,662.00

3,415.00

-

44.00

117,121.00