The Community Childcare Subvention is a programme targeted to support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. The DCYA pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, a payment described as a subvention payment, with the parent paying the remainder. The CCS is only available through participating community not for profit childcare services. CCS is available for 52 weeks of the year. The CCS programme covers the academic year, starting in September and finishing in August. CCS may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places.
The Community Childcare Subvention Plus is very similar to CCS, however Privately owned services can also opt into this programme along with community based services. The new universal subsidy (CCSU) has introduced within the framework of the CCS under CCSP.