Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (294)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Ceist:

294. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when a community childcare centre (details supplied) will receive its AIM payment due for two staff members; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42789/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

In order for a service to receive funding for AIM Level 7 support, an application must be received and approved on the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). Payments are then issued to Services at set intervals during the year. The first payment for the 2019-20 ECCE programme year was 13th September with a subsequent payment due on 18th October. To have received payment on 13 September, settings must have had all active and approved childcare registrations on the PIP system by close of business on 4th September 2019.  This requirement was published on PIP on the 28th August 2019.

For the service in question, it has been confirmed that all four children are now active and approved for AIM Level 7 support in this setting, but their registration dates on the system were between the 13th and 18th September 2019, i.e. after the 4th September initial deadline. Therefore, this service will be paid 37.5% of their total funding awarded on 18th October.  Going forward all remaining payments will align with the published AIM Level 7 payment schedule.