Waterford Childcare Committee
The first point of contact for the public on all matters related to childcare in Waterford, Ireland.

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DCYA funded schemes

 Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Programme

The Free Pre School Year in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to up to 2 years free pre-school education before they start primary school.

Please refer to ECCE calculator on the link below  to find out the dates the child is eligible for the ECCE scheme.

Free Pre School Year in Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)

Childcare Subvention scheme (CCS)

The Community Childcare Subvention Progamme (CCS) is a support programme for community based childcare services to provide quality childcare at a reduced rate to parents.  It enables community childcare services to reduce fees for parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments, Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards.  Participation in the CCS programme is restricted to community/non-for-profit childcare services.

DCYA Childcare Subvention Scheme

 Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programme

The objective of the TEC programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible catergories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places:

There are 3 strands of the TEC programme

  • CETS – Childcare Education and Training Support programme

The CETS Programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training courses participants and now provides subsidised         childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards (ETB’s)

  • Afterschool Childcare Care Programme (ASCC)

The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children of certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment)

  • Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provide childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.

DCYA TEC Programme