The Childcare Recovery Support Fund is now live.
Childcare Recovery Support Package (July and August 2020)
The Childcare Recovery Support Package is a £10.5 million funding package for the childcare sector, which opened for applications on Monday 27 July. The scheme is designed to assist in the recovery of the childcare sector, building capacity so parents can access the vital childcare they need at this time.
It is intended to:
• Make funding available for childcare providers to assist them to operate in line with the Executive’s childcare recovery plan and Department of Health guidance
• Ensure as many providers as possible can open to assist parents returning to work, supporting broader economic and societal recovery
• Allow for the continuation of the bespoke Approved Home Childcarer Scheme aimed at enabling eligible families to have their childcare needs met in their own homes.
Who is eligible for support?
This scheme applies to registered childcare – day care and school age childcare settings, playgroups and childminders – who re-open, or remain open, in the period 1 July to 31 August 2020.
How will funds be allocated?
Childcare settings will be eligible for different levels of flat rate funding based on the type of setting, the number of pre-COVID registered places and when they re-open. This will support day care providers, stand-alone school age childcare providers and playgroups.
Eligible childminders will also receive a flat rate grant as a contribution towards the additional costs associated with operating to the Department of Health guidelines on infection control within their own home.
The rates of funding are available here.
Settings that have re-opened on or before 7 August will be entitled to more support than those which re-open after 7 August but before 31 August.
In relation to bespoke COVID19 Approved Home Childcare, arrangements established under the previous childcare scheme will continue to enable childcare workers, who normally provide childcare to children in daycare and school age childcare facilities, to be matched to parents in order to care for children in their own homes.
How can childcare providers apply?
The Scheme is being administered by Early Years – the organisation for young children, on behalf of the Department of Education. Applications can be made through a user friendly, online application system.
Each application should take less than ten minutes to complete. An email has been issued to all eligible providers with an individualised link to the fund. If a provider thinks they are eligible, and has not received this link, they should complete an online form to provide their details to Early Years.
Providers are encourage to submit their application as soon as possible to enable efficient processing of funds. Early Years aims to process all applications within ten working days.
Where can childcare providers get further information?
Full details are available on the Early Years website where there are also a number of dedicated email addresses if a childcare provider has a query about a particular application stream.
They are also hosting a series of online workshops which providers can sign up for here. Providers can also continue to contact the membership or support organisations relevant to them
We have published relevant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which are available to download (PDF) at Related Documents Below
Find the latest update on the childcare support package (31st July 20) in the Related Documents below.