Community Childcare Subvention Plus
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 the relevant local County Childcare Committee (CCC). It also provides access to a universal payment available to eligible children. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) pays a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children (a payment described as a subvention payment) with the parent paying the remainder. The eligibility of the parent is determined by their status with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Interested parents should contact their local participating childcare service in the first instance.
The CCS Plus Programme covers the academic year starting in September and finishing in August. This is referred to as the Programme Year. CCS Plus services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club. Some CCS Plus services may be stand-alone services and cater for just one type of service e.g. afterschool.
The new universal subsidy (CCSU) has been introduced within the framework of the CCS under CCS Plus.