Dear Service Provider,
As you are aware, ECCE and NCS providers are contractually required to publish their fees lists:
• in an area accessible to parents
• on any online platform maintained by the Approved Provider for the purpose of advertising its service.
In addition, the contract permits the Department to make those fees lists available through its website.
The facility to provide for the publication of fees lists through scheme websites was not available in the first year of operation of the Early Years Hive portal but is now ready for release.
From Thursday 26 August 2021, your fees lists will be viewable to the public through the NCS parent website.
The fees will be those you have entered into Early Years Hive during the Programme Readiness process, so this will require no further action on your part.
This will better inform parents on their choices with regard to Early Learning and Care and School Aged Childcare (ELC/SAC) and increase the transparency of ELC/SAC costs, supplementing the actions providers have already taken to publish those fees lists.
It will also assist City and County Childcare Committees in their role of monitoring certain fees matters.
All services that have fully on-boarded to the Early Years Hive, are open, and have an active Funding Agreement under NCS and/or ECCE, will have their fees published under the Childcare Search on the NCS website https://www.ncs.gov.ie/en/childcare-search/.
Instructions on how to view these fees under the Childcare Search will be issued on 26 August 2021.
The Early Years Team (Pobal)