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Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

Introduction

Under the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme disadvantaged parents and parents in training, education or low paid employment can avail of childcare at reduced rates. The childcare is provided by community-based (not-for-profit) childcare services who are participating in the CCS Programme.

The childcare service may offer the following:

  • Full day care places (more than 5 hours per day)
  • Part-time places (between 3 hours 31 minutes and 5 hours)
  • Sessional places (between 2 hours 16 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes)
  • Half-session places (between 1 hour and 2 hours 15 minutes)

Community-based childcare services may offer a range of child care under the CCS programme. They may even run a breakfast club. However, some childcare services operating the CCS programme may offer just one type of service, for example afterschool care.

Parents cannot get the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme and a CCS fee reduction at the same time. You can decide which scheme would of greater benefit to you.

Rules

The CCS programme follows the school year. If you are an eligible parent, to register your child in September 2014:

  • Your child must be under 15 years of age on 1 September 2014
  • You must state the number of days the child is being enrolled and the type of childcare place required
  • You must provide the child’s date of birth
  • You must be in Band A, Band AJ or Band B – see ‘Rates’ below.

A Parent Declaration form must be completed in October 2014. For this you must provide both your own and your child’s Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).

The childcare service is not allowed to ask parents for deposits to register a child under the CCS programme.

Rates

From September 2014, the Community Childcare Subvention Programme funds community childcare services to provide reduced weekly fees to certain parents as follows:

Band A - Parents get a weekly fee reduction of €95 for a full-time service, €47.50 for a part-time service, €31.35 for sessional service and €15.20 for a shorter hours service.

This band applies to parents who have a medical card and are getting one of the following:

  • Certain social welfare payments
  • Family Income Supplement
  • Community Employment payment

The child of a secondary school student with a medical card can qualify for a childcare place under Band A, whether or not the secondary school student (i.e. the parent) has a qualifying social welfare payment.

Band AJ - Parents get a fee reduction of €50 for a full-time service, €47.50 for a part-time service, €31.35 for sessional service and €15.20 for a shorter hours service.

This band applies to parents who have a medical card and are getting one of the following:

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Tús payment
  • Part-time Job Incentive payment

Band B – Parents get a fee reduction of €50 for a full-time service, €25 for a part-time service, €17 for a sessional service and €8.50 for a shorter hours service.

This band applies to parents who:

  • Have a medical or GP visit card
  • Don't have a medical card, but are getting one of the payments listed in Band A or AJ
  • No longer qualify for Band A or AJ this year, but who were verified as being on Band A or AJ at the end of the previous school year

There are further details about the Community Childcare Subvention bands and rates (pdf) on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website.

Where to apply

To find affordable childcare in your area and childcare providers operating the CCS programme contact your City and County Childcare Committee.

Page edited: 4 September 2014

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Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.