There are namely six government programmes. They are ECCE, CCS, CCSP, CCSR, CCSR(T) and TEC. Here is a short summary of each, if you click on the relevant subtabs, these will go into better detail.

  1. Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): This programme is a universal childcare
    programme otherwise known as ‘free pre-school’;
  2. Community Childcare Subvention (CCS): This programme provides childcare funding
    support targeting low income families in community childcare services;
  3. Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP): This programme provides childcare
    funding support targeting low income families in private childcare services and
    community childcare services who have children registered after the snapshot period
    and for those children aged between 6 months and 3 years under universal childcare subvention funding;
    o Universal Subsidy (CCSU): As part of its plan to make childcare more affordable,
    the Department of Children and Youth Affairs introduced a universal subvention payment from September 2017, the payment of which is facilitated through the CCSP childcare programme.
  4. Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CSSR): This programme provides
    childcare support to Programme Refugees to support their resettlement and integration
    into Irish society;
  5. Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CSSR(T)): As part of the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness” the DCYA has provided access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness; and
  6. Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes: These programmes provide
    childcare funding support for parents participating in eligible ETB/Solas vocational
    training courses, Community Employment (CE) programmes or returning to
    employment.