National Funding Programmes
We administer the following national childcare funding programmes locally on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Applications are now open for new services to join the national programmes as well as for existing servcies that plan to open additional branches. Full application information. Existing servcies with a DCYA reference number will soon be able to apply for new contracts via PIP.
The ECCE provides a year's free preschool for children normally aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months in September of each year in participating services. For the ECCE year September 2015 - June 2016 eligible children must be born between 2/2/11 and 30/6/12.
From September 2016 the ECCE programme will expand. Once children turn 3 years they will be able to join the ECCE at three different entry points, September, January & April. FAQ about the ECCE expansion.
The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training programmes and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The CCS and the CCSP programmes are operated by selected commmunity & private providers respectively. Parents in receipt of certain entitlements e.g. Medical Card, Jobseekers, GP Visit Card are eligible to have their childcare fees reduced under this programme, subject to availability.
If you are a parent/guardian who is on low income, is in school, job training or in receipt of a social welfare payment then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs. For further information please see here.