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CCS Universal


Eligibility for the Universal Subsidy

The childcare subsidy is available to all children aged from 6 months to the first eligible point of entry to the ECCE programme. This scheme is administered via an enhancement to the CCS scheme.

The maximum weekly universal childcare subsidy is €20. As CCS subsidies are currently paid according to session type, i.e. full-time, part-time, sessional, half-sessional, this maximum weekly universal subsidy rate of €20 will be paid on a pro-rata basis according to session type.


Universal Subsidy (CCSU) rates

 Session Type

Weekly Subsidy

Daily Subsidy

Full-time (i.e. 5 hours plus per day)



Part-time (i.e. 3:31 to 5 hours per day)



Sessional (i.e. 2:16 to 3:30 per day)



Half-sessional (i.e. 1:15 to 2:15 per day)