The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS/CCSP) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community/private childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder.
Community not-for-profit childcare services can offer both CCS and CCSP, while private services can offer CCSP. The eligibility for these programmes are the same, but CCS eligibility includes the below requirements:
- Children must be registered on PIP for CCS during the snapshot period. This is the period during which children must be in attendance in the service and gives an overview of the number of children who will be in the programme for the programme year.
- An allocation is given to the service provider for the year based on the number of children in attendance during this snapshot period. This allocation cannot increase after the snapshot period.
- However, for CCSP, you can register children any time of the year and do not have to follow the snapshot period like CCS.