Community Childcare Subvention

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. Research shows that disadvantaged children benefit most from access to quality early education and childcare. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder.

The CCS is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services. Approximately 20,000 households benefit from the CCS programme annually. The service provider submits an application for CCS on behalf of the parent to the DCYA. The DCYA makes checks and confirms whether or not the child can benefit from a subvention that will reduce the cost of the early education and childcare service. Parents who believe they might qualify should contact their local participating childcare service.

CCS subvention is available for 52 weeks of the year. The CCS programme covers the academic year, starting in September and finishing in August. This is referred to as the Programme year.

Pobal pays the participating services for their CCS approved children. Pobal conducts checks and site visits on behalf of the DCYA to ensure that eligible parents receive the correct cost reduction in their childcare fees. Pobal also provides support and guidance to the services to promote their sustainability.

Services that are contracted into CCS make regular returns to Pobal. The Pobal On-Line CCS Returns are a business planning and sustainability tool for services. Pobal uses the returns to identify services at risk. Pobal through its case management co-ordinates supports and interventions into services by Pobal, DCYA and / or the local City / County Childcare Committee as appropriate.

Eligibility for CCS

The relevant child must be less than 15 years of age. A child will not be eligible if they are enrolled on any other DCYA childcare programme.


Resources

CCC Contacts List

Programme Contact Details

Pobal Support

T. 01 511 7222
E. onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

T. 01 647 3000
E. contact@dcya.gov.ie