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Childcare Services in contract for delivery of Childcare through the Government Schemes (ECCE, TEC & CCS)

WCCC congratulates all Childcare services which were approved to enter into contract with DCYA in 2015. These services will offer one or more of the Childcare support schemes which provides substantial subsidies to parents and thus provides access to quality childcare to children at all ages from birth to afterschool.
It has been a challenging year for all services to work through their fee payment policies and to take on board the process of registering all children on the schemes through PIP. Gradually we are beginning to see that PIP will enable all childcare programmes to be managed more effectively and efficiently.
Services in contract with DCYA 2015

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DCYA funded schemes

There are three Government funded childcare support schemes in operation. Childcare services enter into a contract with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to receive funding to deliver childcare through the support schemes. Parents apply through the Childcare service of their choice to access one of the support schemes.


 1. Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Scheme

The ECCE scheme provides a free pre-school year in a childcare service in the year before children start primary school. The scheme is universal and is open to all parents regardless of income.


Please refer to ECCE calculator on the parent page of the website to find out the dates the child is eligible for the ECCE scheme.

ECCE Calculator

2. 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

 3. 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

Click here to see the Parents Guide to Funding  A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2016-2017

For information on all schemes view the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and go  ‘Childcare’  http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=120