Community Childcare Subvention (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.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pay a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder.  

Community Childcare Subvention is available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services and is also available through participating private providers through the CCS Private programme (CCSP).

CCS services may cater for infant, preschool and after school children. They may also incorporate a breakfast club. 

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.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder.

Please note that the CCSP Programme includes the following programmes, details on each below:

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

The eligibility criteria for CCS and CCSP Programmes is set out in the Table below.   


 Table 1 CCS/CCSP Eligibility

Your eligibility is determined by your status with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). The level of the subvention is determined by your DEASP status and also by the level of childcare you require. The eligibility criteria and subsequent childcare and subvention options are set out in Table 1 below.

To qualify for enhanced targeted subsidies you will need to provide proof of eligibility. For more information contact Dublin City Childcare Committee.


Community Childcare Subvention Universal (CCSU) 

If your child is aged between 6 months and 36 months* and is enrolled in Tusla-registered childcare, you are eligible for a non means-tested universal childcare subsidy of up to €20 per week. That amounts to up to €1,040 per year. 

*Your child may continue to receive the universal subsidy until they commence their ECCE (free preschool year). In some cases, this will be slightly older than 36 months.


If your child is under 6 months old, you may qualify for a means-tested childcare subsidy of up to €145 per week.

To see if you qualify for this childcare support see Eligibility Table for CCS & CCSP above.

Children must be enrolled in TUSLA registered childcare services in order to avail of the universal subsidy.

To see a list of TUSLA registered childcare providers please here.


Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CCSR)

CCSR is intended to support Programme Refugees (PRs) in their resettlement and integration into Irish society. It enables parents to attend a language and orientation course within their reception centre for eight weeks and then a full year following their move into the community. 

Participating preschool going children must be between 0-5 years old on their start date. School aged children (6-12 years) can access childcare for the primary school holiday periods only. To apply, parents must supply a completed eligibility letter submitted and signed by the Department of Justice and Equality. 

Contact Dublin City Childcare Committee for more information.


Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CCSR(T))

CCSR(T) provides access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. The provision provides subvention for all pre-school children, including those of ECCE eligible age range aged 0 to 5 inclusive. School aged children (6-12 years) can access childcare for the primary school holiday periods only.

The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.

How to Apply: 

i. A verification letter from Focus Ireland (if in the Dublin area) or from their local authority (for all counties outside Dublin) is required.
ii. In order to confirm eligibility, both the Parent’s and Child’s Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) are required, as well as the child’s date of birth


Parents: How do I access a place on any of the above Programmes?

Visit our searchable childcare directory on our website for a list of Childcare Services that offer CCS & CCSP in your area.

Please note: In relation to the CCSP programme, if a service offers CCSP, you would need to contact the provider to find out which strands of the programme they are offering as not all services offer all strands. 


Further information on the CCS Programme is available on the links below:

DCYA Community Childcare Subvention Programme information: Click Here

 A Parent's Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019


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