The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is a support programme for Community based childcare services to provide quality childcare services at a reduced rate to parents. It is a programme which enables Childcare Services to give parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments (the majority of which are covered under the CCS Programme), Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards. CCS services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club.
The eligibility of the applying parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social Protection (DSP). The level of the subvention is determined by the parent’s DSP status and also by the level of childcare required. For further information on eligibility, go to the following LINK
If you are a parent and would like to participate in the CCS programme, you must apply through a Childcare Facility that is partaking in the programme. Applications are usually accepted at the beginning of the school year; however some services may be able to accommodate you as a CCS parent outside of this time.
A list of Community CCS services is available by clicking on the following link 2018 CCS LIST
The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) is a support program for both community-based and private childcare services to provide quality childcare at a reduced rate to parents. This program enables Childcare Services to give parents a reduction in their childcare fees – if they are in receipt of certain social welfare payments, Family Income Supplement, and/or are holders of medical cards and GP visit cards.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children with the parent paying the remainder. The eligibility of the parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social Protection (DSP).
The CCS Plus programme covers the academic year starting in September and finishing in August. CCS Plus services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club.
For further information on eligibility please see CCS subvention bands: Affordable Child Care
A list of Community CCSP services is available 2018 CCSP List
As part of the Government policy to make childcare more affordable, the DCYA has introduced a universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families.
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.
|CCS Session Type Universal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)||CCS Session Type Universal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)
Below based on a 5 day attendance
|Full-time (i.e. 5.01 or more hours)||€20|
|Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours)||€10|
|Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours)||€7|
|Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.15 hours)||€3.50|
For a list of Universal childcare services in Sligo, click on the 2018 CCSU list
CCS Resettlement and Transitional 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. The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation. CCSR(T) is only available through participating early years services.
Participating pre-school going children must be between 0 – 5yrs on their start date.
To apply for CCSRT A verification letter from Focus Ireland or from a local authority is required.. 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.