Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, a payment described as a subvention payment, with the parent paying the remainder.
The CCS is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services. The service provider submits an application for CCS on behalf of the parent to the DCYA. CCS subvention is available for 52 weeks of the year. The CCS programme covers the academic year, starting in September and finishing in August. This is referred to as the Programme year.
Eligibility for CCS 2018/2019
The relevant child must be less than 15 years of age. A child will not be eligible if they are enrolled on any other DCYA childcare programme.
CCSP 2019-20 Programme Year
The new National Childcare Scheme (NCS) will be introduced in the final quarter of 2019 financial year which will replace the current targeted childcare programmes.
The existing targeted childcare funding programmes will continue until the commencement of NCS, and thereafter in a limited way. The 2019-20 rules document (Irish) for the existing targeted programme provides a methodology of ensuring continuity of service for parents and providers for the 2019/2020 programme year for children registered on the targeted childcare funding programmes who do not choose to transfer onto the NCS, subject to certain terms and conditions. These registrations are referred to as ‘Savers’.
This document outlines the rules relating to legacy childcare schemes provided by the Department