Overview of CCSR(T)
As part of the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness”, the DCYA launched a special provision under the current Community Childcare Subvention Programme (entitled CCSR (Transitional), which provides access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. The provision provides subvention for all pre-school children, including those of ECCE eligible age range aged 0 to 5 inclusive.
The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.
The scheme comprises a flat rate of €160 per week, for part-time childcare (3hrs 31mins to 5hrs) over five days per week and paid in relation to each child attending under CCSR(T), for the eligible duration of their childcare place. A daily meal is also provided for each child, the cost of which is included in the subvention rate.
CCSR(T) is only available through participating early years services; a list of these services is available
through the relevant local CCC.
CCSR(T) expanded to include a sessional rate option of €87.50 for 2hrs 16mins – 3hrs 30mins over five days per week in relation to each child attending under CCSR(T) and was introduced with effect
from 26th June 2017.
Eligibility for CCSR(T)
Age of eligible child Participating pre-school going children must be between 0 – 5yrs on their start date.
CCSR(T) Programme Rules
i. A verification letter from Focus Ireland (if in the Dublin area) or from their local authority
(for all counties outside Dublin) is required.
ii. A CCSR(T) Parental Declaration Form will be made available to the relevant service providers
who must complete this form manually and retain for compliance.
iii. In order to confirm eligibility, both the Parent’s and Child’s Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) are required, as well as the child’s date of birth, when the CCSR(T) Child Registration form is being completed.
iv. Documentation containing PPSN information must be destroyed once no longer required.
Duration of programme
The CCSR(T) programme runs for the duration of the programme year. The programme call year for
the academic year 2017/2018 is 21 August 2017 to 17 August 2018.
The eligibility of the applying parent is determined by Focus Ireland/Local Authority (if outside of
Childcare sessional types
CCSR(T) services will only offer childcare places for the following session types:
- Part-time places (between 3 hours 31 minutes and 5 hours per day)
- Sessional places (between 2 hours 16 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes per day)
A different payment rate is attributed to each type of placement.
i. For part-time childcare over 5 days per week, a flat rate of €160 per week will be paid in relation to each child attending under CCSR(T), for the eligible duration of their childcare place.
A daily meal must be provided for each child, the cost of which is included in the subvention rate.
ii. For sessional childcare over 5 days per week, a rate of €87.50 will be paid in relation to each child attending for the eligible duration of their childcare place.
A daily meal is also to be provided for each child, the cost of which is included in the subvention rate.
Dublin City Childcare Committee have developed a useful guide on CCSR(T). You can access this guide here.