Childcare Funding Programmes




The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare. 


For more information on the National Childcare Scheme please click here


Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE)

The Free Pre-School Year in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to up to 2 years free pre-school education before they start primary school.

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 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



CCSR(T) provides access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. The provision provides subvention for all pre-school children. The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.

For more information on the CCSR(T) Programme please click here


 Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

The TEC Programmes consist of:

The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS): The CETS Programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FÁS and VEC) and Secondary Schools.

The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC): The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DEASP employment programmes (not including Community Employment). 

The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC): The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.

For more information on the TEC Programmes 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


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. 
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 2018/2019


 Programme Implementation Platform (PIP) Homepage: CLICK HERE 


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