Compliance inspections on the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) are continuing at present nationwide. These onsite inspections will continue for the 2022/23 programme call and as previously, the compliance process will involve a series of standardised on-site checks aimed at confirming adherence with NCS rules and contract conditions as set out by the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration & Youth (DCEDIY) as well as certain legislative requirements as outlined in the Childcare Support Act 2018.
It is advised that services prepare for an unannounced compliance visit by collating relevant information for review e.g. in a Compliance Folder/File which can be made readily available to the Authorised Officer on arrival. This will ensure minimum disruption and expedite the compliance visit. It is acknowledged that some services file their records in alternative ways which is acceptable, but it should be noted that records must be available to enable the Authorised Officer to complete the compliance inspection in a reasonable timescale. In this regard we request that the person in charge on site has access to the Compliance Folder / records in the event of an unannounced visit. Please only maintain compliance related information in the Compliance Folder.
It is important to note, that the compliance inspection will review documents up to 12 months prior to the date of the compliance inspection. It is therefore critical that records for the 2021/22 programme call are also maintained on site.
With the commencement of the 2022/23 programme call, Compliance have updated the relevant support documents which are available on the Hive under the Resources section. These documents are listed below and can also be accessed through this link: NCS – Documents – Service Provider Portal
NCS Compliance Service Provider Guide 2022/2023 – a guide on the NCS compliance process
NCS Compliance Checklist 2022/2023 – a checklist to help services to make sure they have all relevant documentation ready for any unannounced compliance visit
NCS Post Inspection Rectification Actions 2022/2023 – a checklist summarising what actions services should take to rectify matters, if a service is found to be non-compliant
Please note – these documents are only supports, intended to assist you. There is an onus on each service provider to familiarise themselves with their responsibilities under the relevant NCS legislation, guidelines and contractual conditions.
The Authorised Officers will adhere to any public health guidance while onsite at Early Years and School Age Childcare facilities.
An announcement on ECCE/CCSP Savers compliance checks will follow in due course.
We want to take this opportunity to thank services in advance for your continued co-operation with compliance checks.
Pobal Compliance Team