Universal childcare subsidy

Introduction

From 21 August 2017, a new universal childcare subsidy is available to children in Tusla registered childcare who are above the age of 6 months but below the age when they can start the free Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme.

The subsidy is deducted from the overall bill you get from your childcare service.

Rules

To qualify for the Universal Subsidy:

  • Your child must be above the age of 6 months but below the age when they can start the free ECCE scheme
  • Your childcare provider must be registered with Tusla and in a contract with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to offer the Universal Subsidy.

The subsidy is not means-tested.

You cannot get the Universal Subsidy and a targeted subsidy at the same time. However, you can choose which subsidy is of greatest benefit to you. Targeted subsidies include the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme, the After-School Child Care Scheme (ASCC), the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme (CETS) and the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) programme.

You can find more information about the Universal Subsidy on affordablechildcare.ie.

Rates

From 21 August 2017, a universal childcare subsidy is available to all children in Tusla-registered childcare who are above the age of 6 months.

Universal Subsidy:

Session type Weekly subsidy
Full-time (5 hours or more) €20
Part-time (3:31 to 5 hours) €10
Sessional (2:16 to 3:30 hours) €7
Half-sessional (one to 2:15 hours) €3.50

How to apply

Contact your childcare provider to check if they are offering the universal childcare subsidy.

If your childcare provider is offering the Universal Subsidy, you will need to provide them with the following:

The subsidy will be paid directly to your childcare provider and will be deducted from the cost of your childcare.

Your childcare provider must be registered with Tusla.

Where to apply

To find childcare providers in your area offering the Universal Subsidy contact your City/County Childcare Committee.

Page edited: 27 July 2017