Reopening Support Payment (RSP) Application Process


The application form for the Reopening Support Payment (RSP) will be available on the Early Years Platform (HIVE) from 9am on Friday 3rd July 2020. All services must have an account set up on HIVE and will need to use their username and password to log in and access the form.

This is a one-off payment to ELC and SAC providers to support them in meeting the reopening guidelines, to support children to remain in ‘play pods’ to reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread, and to meet additional staffing needs during the reopening period. RSP is provided in recognition of the fact that a reduced number of children are likely to attend ELC and SAC services in the initial weeks of reopening.

The amount of funding available to each ELC and SAC service is based on the number of individual children registered on Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) schemes in the service as of 12 March 2020. Services that open on a fulltime basis and are open for 6 of the 8 weeks between 29 June and 23 August 2020 will be eligible to receive a higher grant than services operating part-time hours or which reopen in late August or September.

Where a service is in receipt of or are due to receive a Covid -19 Restart Grant from their local authority, the amount of the Covid -19 Re-start Grant must be declared as part of the RSP application process and will be offset against RSP.


Applicant Guidelines  are available to assist you in making an application. Please ensure you are happy with all the information on your application before submitting. Applications cannot be changed once submitted.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 28th August.

If you have any queries, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre at or raise a service request on the Early Years Hive.

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