CHILDCARE SCHEMES

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) operates a number of childcare schemes which provide free or reduced rate childcare to eligible children. These schemes are administered locally by the City and County Childcare Committees. In Limerick, Limerick Childcare Committee is responsible for the local delivery of the schemes.

UNIVERSAL SUBSIDY (CCSU)

From September 2017 there is a Universal Subsidy for children between the ages of 6 months and the time at which they may start ECCE (free pre-school) programme and who are not receiving any CCS subvention.  This is not means-tested and is available to families with children in Tusla-registered childcare.  Please see Universal subsidy FAQs for further information.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides two years of free pre-school for children. Each pre-school year runs from September to June.  From September 2018, to be eligible to enter the scheme, the child must be aged at least 2 years 8 months on the 1st September, in that pre-school year.

Please note that since April 2018 the only entry point to this programme is September.

Participation in the ECCE Scheme is available in both community/not-for-profit and private childcare services.

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme and CCS Plus

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme and CCS Plus provide access to reduced rate childcare for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes.

Participation in the CCS Scheme is restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services, whilst  CCS Plus is available in private and community services (use the ‘Search for Childcare’ option to see where the programmes are available).

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

The Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The TEC Programme is made up of 3 strands:

  • The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)
  • The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)
  • The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

Participation in the TEC Programme is available in both community/not-for-profit and private childcare services.

Rules for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes 2018-19 has been produced to provide an overview of the ECCE, CCS, CCS Plus and TEC childcare programmes. This document aims to provide a summary of each of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes. Whilst most of the information in this document is directed mainly at childcare service providers, to use as instructions on how to administer the rules of the programmes, parents may also find it useful to understand the rules of the various programmes.