CCS (Community Childcare Subvention)
Overview of CCS
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to
support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community
childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays for a portion of the childcare
costs for eligible children, a payment described in this document as a subvention payment, with the
parent paying the remainder.
The CCS is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services; a list of
these services is available through the relevant local CCC. The service provider submits an
application for CCS on behalf of the parent to Pobal. CCS subvention is available for 52 weeks of the
year. The CCS programme covers the academic year, starting in September and finishing in August.
This is referred to as the Programme year.
CCS services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a
breakfast club. Some CCS services may be stand-alone services and cater for just one type of service
Eligibility for CCS
A child must be under 15 years of age to be eligible for the 2017/18 CCS programme. A child will not
be eligible if they are enrolled on any other DCYA childcare programme. The eligibility criteria are set
out in the Table below.
CCS Programme Rules
The eligibility of the applying parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social
Protection (DSP). The level of the subvention is determined by the parent’s DSP status and also by
the level of childcare required. The eligibility criteria and subsequent childcare and subvention
options are set out in the Table below. In order to confirm eligibility, both the parent’s and child’s Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) are
required when the CCS Child Registration Form is being completed. The Department of Social
Protection then provides verification of their eligibility and band category as per Table below.
Documentation containing PPSN information must be destroyed once no longer required.