From September 2016 in ECCE services, higher capitation will be paid to individual ECCE sessions (or rooms) which are led by Early Years professionals with a relevant Level 7 (or higher) qualification. Services with multiple ECCE rooms, but only one with the necessary higher capitation qualification, can avail of this higher funding for part of their service. The higher rate will be passed on to services, based on the number of children allowed to participate in the qualifying higher capitation room. This move is to encourage an increase in the number of ECCE places available to meet increased demand from September 2016. See DCYA Press Release on reform of Higher Capitation for more than one ECCE room for more detail.  Details of the application process will be made available by DCYA before August 2016.