There are namely four government programmes. They are ECCE, CCSP, TEC and NCS. 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 childcareprogramme otherwise known as ‘free pre-school’;
  2. 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; This is no longer open to new applicants;
  3. 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. This is no longer open to new applicants;
  4. National Childcare Scheme (NCS) provides subsidies to help parents meet the cost of quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare. It will replace all previous targeted childcare support programmes (CCSP & TEC) with a single, streamlined and user friendly Scheme.Under the National Childcare Scheme, subsidies are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder and school age childcare services.