National Childcare Scheme
The National Childcare Scheme provides subsidies to help parents meet the cost of quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare. It will replace all previous targeted childcare support programmes with a single, streamlined and user friendly Scheme.
Under the National Childcare Scheme, subsidies are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder and school age childcare services.
For more information, please contact us on 091-752039 or click the following link: https://www.ncs.gov.ie/en/
ECCE:The ECCE programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range. It provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks for 2 years and the programme year runs from September to June.
You can now check to see when your child qualitifies for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme with our new ECCE calculator.
To view the ECCE section of the DCYA website, please click here.
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.
DCEDIY Legacy Programmes:
*Please note the following programmes are no longer available for new applications*
TECThe TEC Programme is an overarching childcare programme specifically designed to support parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The TEC Programme provides childcare support for parents on certain education and training courses (CETS), parents working on Community Employment programmes (CEC), and also for families on Family Income Support (ASCC):
Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC), specifically, courses run in training centres (formally FÁS training centres), ETB VTOS courses and Secondary Schools. The duration of CETS corresponds with the start and end dates stated on the eligibility letter up to a maximum of 50 weeks per year.
Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes. The duration of CEC corresponds with the start and end dates stated on the eligibility letter up to a maximum of 50 weeks per year.
After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on employment programmes (not including Community Employment). ASCC is available for a once off maximum of 52 weeks and this allowance does not have to be used consecutively.