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Government Programmes

Access & Inclusion Model (AIM)

In order to support parents with children with a disability to access free pre-school, a major new programme of supports, the Access and Inclusion Model, has been introduced. This website contains information for providers of childcare who require AIM support for a child who is eligible for and participating in the ECCE Programme in an ECCE pre-school room.  AIM Pre school Providers

Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)

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

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP)

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) Programme provides support for parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating privately owned childcare services and at community not for profit childcare services. CCSP

Training and Employment Childcare TEC

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

National Childcare Scheme NCS

The National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support for parents towards the cost of childcare.  It will provide a system from which both universal and targeted subsidies can be provided towards the cost of childcare. NCS

Learner Fund/Bursary

The Learner Fund, an initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) was introduced in 2014. It aims to provide subsidy funding to support existing staff working directly with children in registered early years services and registered childminders to meet the mandatory minimum qualification requirements which came into effect on December 31st 2016 administer the Learner Fund on behalf of the DCYA. Learner Fund/Bursary

Programme Implementation Platform (PIP)

Services in contract with DCYA to deliver government programmes are required to administer the programmes through PIP Portal. Services are encouraged to log onto the portal at least once a week for updates.