What is the Universal Subsidy (CCSU)?

As part of the Government policy to make childcare more affordable, the DCYA introduced a universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families using eligible childcare providers for the care of all children aged from 6 months to the first eligible point of entry to the ECCE scheme. This scheme is administered via an enhancement to the CCS Plus scheme.  This scheme came into effect in August 2017.  The scheme is currently paid according to the type of childcare i.e. Full-time, sessional and half sessional.  This maximum weekly universal subsidy rate of €20 will be paid on a pro-rata basis according to session type.

Please see the Universal Subsidy (CCSU) rates.

Universal Subsidy (CCSU) rates
 Session Type Weekly Subsidy Daily Subsidy
Full-time (i.e. 5 hours plus per day) €20 €4
Part-time (i.e. 3:31 to 5 hours per day) €10 €2
Sessional (i.e. 2:16 to 3:30 per day) €7 €1.40
Half-sessional (i.e. 1:15 to 2:15 per day) €3.50 €0.70