In order to avail of this programme until end Aug. 2021, a child must be registered for CCS Plus in a service by 15th November 2019.

The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS Plus/CCSP), operated by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), provides access to reduced rate childcare, for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes.

How is Childcare Reduced? Who is Eligible?

Under the CCS Plus Scheme, the DCYA provides 4 levels of subvention.  These are Band A, Band AJ, Band B and Band D.  The DCYA pays a capitation directly to the early years (childcare) service, depending on which band the parent qualifies for.  Details of bands and rates can be viewed in CCS and CCSP bands and subvention rates Sept 2018

See CCS Plus Information for Parents Sept 2018 for more detail.

How to Apply

The service will provide the parent with a Registration Form.  Eligibility of the applying parent/guardian is determined by their status with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). The level of subvention is determined by the parent’s DEASP status and also by the level of childcare required.

In order to confirm eligibility, both the parent/guardian and child’s Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSNs) and date of birth are required when the CCS Plus Child Registration Form is being completed.  PPSNs are cross-referenced with the DEASP and the HSE to determine eligibility and verify entitlement to subvention.

Fee Policy and Calendar of Open Days

The early years (childcare) service must provide the parent with a copy of the following:

A CCS Plus Service Fees Information Letter for the Service – This letter details how much the service charges full fee paying parents, and those parents who fall under Band A, AJ, B and D. It also shows if the service charges a deposit and/or optional extras.

CCS Plus Calendar Letter this states the dates (inclusive) that the service will be open and the specific dates on which the service will be closed.

DCYA Administrative Guide

The DCYA has published 2019-20 Transitional Rules for DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes (CCSP CCSU CCSR CCSR(T) and TEC) which covers all aspects of the scheme and, while aimed primarily at early years services, it also provides useful information for parents.