Childcare Funding Programmes

 

Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE)

The universal preschool programme (ECCE programme) gives children access to two years of free preschool education. This programme is provided in both community and private crèches.

For more information on the ECCE programme please click here

 

 Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS & CCSP)

Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS)

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to support certain parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services.

Community Childcare Subvention is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services.

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP)

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) Programme provides support for certain parents to avail of reduced cost childcare costs at participating privately owned childcare services and also at community not-for-profit childcare services.

Please note that the CCSP Programme includes the following programmes:

  • Community Childcare Subvention Universal (CCSU)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CCSR)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CCSR(T))

For more information on the CCS and CCSP Programmes please click here

 

 Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

The TEC Programmes consist of:

The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS): The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS) is for eligible parents taking part in ETB/Solas (formerly Fás/VEC) training courses.

The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC): The After School Childcare Programme is for parents that have been informed by their Local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Office that they are eligible for ASCC places.

The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) is for eligible parents taking part in Community Employment programmes.

 For more information on the TEC Programmes please click here

 

 More Affordable Childcare Scheme

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has announced a new plan to make childcare more affordable from September 2017 with the launch of More Affordable Childcare Scheme. 

 For more information on the More Affordable Childcare Scheme please click here

 

 PIP (Programmes Implementation Platform)

The Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) Portal is an online administration system for the national DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes.

For more information on PIP please click here

 For more information on PIP please click here

 

Other Funding Supports:

  • Parent and Toddler Group Initiative: The primary purpose of the initiative is to provide grants to parent and toddler groups for the development of their services. For more information, please click here:
  • National Childminding Initiative and Guidelines: The National Childminding Initiative provides supports for childminders and for people interested in becoming childminders. For more information, please click here: 
 
 
 Further details on all of the Childcare Funding Programmes can be found on the below links:
 

 

  Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Rules for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes: CLICK HERE

 

 

 A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2017-2018

 Programme Implementation Platform (PIP) Homepage: CLICK HERE