Overview of Universal Subsidy
As part of the Government policy to make childcare more affordable, the DCYA has introduced a
universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families using eligible childcare
providers for the care of 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 scheme.
Eligibility for the Universal Subsidy
The childcare subsidy is available to all children aged from 6 months to the first eligible point of
entry to the ECCE programme.
The parent must provide the child’s PPS Number and date of birth as well as the parent’s PPS
Number. Documentation containing PPSN information must be destroyed once no longer required.
The maximum weekly universal childcare subsidy is €20. As CCS subsidies are currently paid
according to session type, i.e. full-time, part-time, sessional, half-sessional, this maximum weekly
universal subsidy rate of €20 will be paid on a pro-rata basis according to session type.
Universal Subsidy (CCSU) rates, please see table below.
CCSU and Child-minders
A child-minder can access CCSU provided they meet all CCS Plus eligibility criteria, and are registered
with Tusla. (Please note that a childminder must be minding four or more children to qualify for