Core Funding Agreement

Minister O’Gorman has published the Partner Service Funding Agreement for the new €221m Core Funding for ELC and SAC providers that will commence this September.

Services that sign up for Core Funding will become Partner Services working with the State to deliver ELC and SAC for the public good – focused on quality and affordability for children and their families, sustainability and stability for providers and their staff and accountability, transparency and value for money for the State.

The Funding Agreement sets out the detail of how Core Funding will operate in its first year, the commitment from the Minister to funding and the associated requirements of Partner Services which include:

  • Ensuring no increase to fees in 2022/23 above September 2021 rates.
  • Issuing a Parent Statement to all parents using the service outlining what they can expect.
  • Offering the NCS and the ECCE programme to all eligible children.
  • Implementing the national practice frameworks, Aistear and Siolta.
  • Developing implementing and reporting on a quality action plan.
  • Providing transparent and validated financial reports.
  • Participating in annual data collection surveys.


Core Funding Partner Service Agreement

Press Release – Minister O’Gorman publishes funding agreement for new €221 million Core Funding scheme (

Further information about Core Funding here: Core Funding – Funding Model (