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)/(CCSR)

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating childcare services. A childcare funding subsidy is provided to eligible participants with the parent paying the remainder of the services childcare fee. 

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 (CCSP) programme.

Another strand of the CCS programme provides childcare for refugee families and also families who are currently identified as homeless by Focus Ireland.  This strand of funding is called the CCS Resettlement, Relocation and Transition (CCSR)

For more information on the CCS programme 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 

 

Further details on all of the Childcare Funding Programmes can be found on the below links:

DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Information and Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/ecce-scheme/20160728ChildCareFundingProgrammes28July2016.pdf 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents’ Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2016/2017 

 

 

Programme Implementation Platform (PIP) Homepage: https://www.pobal.ie/FundingProgrammes/EarlyEducationandChildcare/Programme%20Implementation%20Platform/Pages/PIP%20Programmes%20Implementation%20Platform.aspx

 

Single Affordable Childcare Scheme

The new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme will replace the existing childcare subsidisation schemes (excluding the free pre-school scheme) from September 2017 with a single, streamlined scheme which is more user-friendly for both parents and providers.  The new scheme will make childcare more affordable, and will enable both universal and targeted subsidies for parents towards their childcare costs.

For more information on the Single Affordable Childcare Scheme please click here (this leads to page on Single Affordable Childcare)

 

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.

 

National Childminding Initiative and Guidelines

The National Childminding Initiative provides supports for childminders and for people interested in becoming childminders.

 

National Childminding Initiative and Guidelines

€3m in capital funding to support increased capacity for the provision of school age childcare was announced on the 6th March 2017.  The new Capital Scheme will be open to both community/not-for-profit and private services and will comprise three separate strands

 

For more information on any of the above other funding supports, please click here (this leads to page on Other Funding Supports)