Finance for your Childcare service can come from a number of sources depending on whether you are a private enterprise or community not-for-profit organisation.
Finance for private enterprise can be generated from:
Finance for community not-for-profit organisations can be generated from:
Income from fees
Income from DCYA Funding Programmes – ECCE, CCS and TEC (Details of these schemes outlined below)
Community support and private fundraising e.g. a draw, table quiz
Charitable foundations and Trusts e.g. Rowntree Charitable Fund, AIB Better Ireland Awards, The Ireland Fund, National Lottery Beneficiary Fund, Katherine Howard Foundation, Allen Lane Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation.
ECCE: The Free Preschool Year
The objective of the ECCE programme is to make early learning in a formal setting available to eligible children in the year before they commence primary school.
Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme
Participation in the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme is restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services. The CCS Programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services
Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes
The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The TEC Programmes are:
Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme formerly catered for Solas and Education and Training Board (ETB) training course participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards.
After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).
Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes
The Child-minders Development Grant is designed to assist Child-minders, already providing a Childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Child-minders with their initial set up costs.