The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to accessible, affordable, quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare. It is due to launch in October 2019, replacing all previous targeted programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme, and enabling some families become eligible for subsidies for the first time.
The introduction of the National Childcare Scheme will allow parents to access quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare at a more affordable price. Parents will apply directly to the Scheme for financial support, meaning providers will no longer need to manage parental paperwork in order to apply for subsidies. The Scheme will operate under a single system that will ensure streamlined administration for providers and establish a sustainable basis for State investment in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare over the next decade.
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 the National Childcare Scheme ECCE section for further information.
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.
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
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)
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)
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.