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Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. A childcare funding subsidy is provided to eligible participants with the parent paying the remainder of the services childcare fee.

Community Childcare Subvention is available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services and is also available through participating private providers thorughthe CCS Private programme.

CCS Band Rates


Rules for DCYA Funding Programmes 2017/2018

Guides to CCS Programme  2016

DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Information and Frequently Asked Questions.


Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017

On Tuesday 11th October 2016 it was announced that an additional €19m has been agreed in Budget 2017 to enable the introduction of a new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017.  This will replace the existing childcare subsidisation schemes (excluding the free pre-school scheme) from September 2017 with a single, streamlined scheme which is more user-friendly for both parents and providers.  The new scheme will make childcare more affordable, and will enable both universal and targeted subsidies for parents towards their childcare costs. For more information click here.



CCS & CCSP 'Grant Funding Agreements' 2016/17 Now Available to Read/Download


The Contracting process for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes will begin shortly for the 2016-2017 ‘Programme Call’. The process this year will differ from previous years as it will be carried out by service providers on PIP.   Please see the PIP Homepage for a summary of the contracting timeline and 'next steps' for the online contracting process.

You may now download the CCS (As Gaeilge) and CCSP (As Gaeilge) Grant Funding Agreements for the 2016/17 Programme Call.  This will be the document that Primary Authorised Users (those legally responsible for the childcare services) will see on PIP when they are submitting online applications to provide the CCS or CCSP Programme.

Please note:  Changes to the CCS and / or CCSP Grant Funding Agreement may be made at the discretion of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  Any such changes will be updated immediately on this webpage with clear notification of the changes made.


Notice: 19th February 2016

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs issue a call for Private Childcare Service Providers to submit expressions of interest to enter into contract to deliver Community Childcare Subvention.

Notice of call to Private Childcare Service Providers


Updated Notice 17th November 2015:

Expansion of Department of Children and Youth Affairs Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme to Community/Not-for-Profit Childcare Services

CCS 2015/16 Programme Call
Note: The 2015 CCS Expansion does not apply to private childcare providers. A separate CCS expansion catering for a targeted number of private childcare providers will commence in early 2016. Further details will be made available from December 2015.

Expansion Notice



PIP is a new online system which will streamline the administrative processes across the three national childcare funding programmes (ECCE, TEC and CCS).  A dedicated PIP Homepage has been set up on the Pobal Website which will provide regular updates and supports to childcare providers as the new system is rolled out. 


DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Details:

CCS Section,
Childcare Directorate,
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
43-49 Mespil Road,
Dublin 4
Tel: 01 6473000
Fax: 01 6473224

Sonraí Teagmhála:

An Rannóg CCS,
An Stiúrthóireacht Cúram Leanaí,
An Roinn Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige,
43-49 Bóthar Mespil,
Baile Átha Cliath 4
Teil: 01 6473000
Facs: 01 6473224


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