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CCS

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 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; please contact us for a list of services providing CCS.

CCS services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club.

The eligibility of the applying parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social Protection (DSP). The level of the subvention is determined by the parent’s DSP status and also by the level of childcare required.

For further information on eligibility please see CCS subvention bands: Affordable Child Care

CSSP:

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCS Plus) Programme provides support for parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating privately owned childcare services and at community not-for-profit childcare services; a list of these services is available through Cork City Childcare.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children with the parent paying the remainder. The eligibility of the parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social Protection (DSP).

The CCS Plus programme covers the academic year starting in September and finishing in August. CCS Plus services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club.

For further information on eligibility please see CCS subvention bands: Affordable Child Care

CCSPU:

As part of the Government policy to make childcare more affordable, the DCYA has introduced a universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families.

The new universal band will be available for all children between the ages of 6 months and the time at which they may start the free pre-school programme, and who are not receiving any targeted CCS subvention. This is not means tested and is available to families with children in Tusla registered childcare either community or private services.

For further information please see: Affordable Child Care