Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme


The Universal Childcare Subvention or CCSPU - (the Community Childcare Subvention Private Universal)

If your child is between 6 months and 36months or of ECCE age, and enrolled in Tusla registered childcare, you are eligible for a non-means-tested universal childcare subsidy of up to €20 per week, amounting to up to €1,040 per year.

Full information is available on:

If a child is attending part-time, or a few days a week, the subsidy will be given on a pro-rata basis, as shown in this table:

CCS Session Type (Universal)      Weekly Subsidy Daily Subsidy
Full-time (i.e. 5.01 or more hours)      €20 €4
Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours)      €10 €2
Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours)      €7 €1.40
Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.15 hours)      €3.50 €0.70

CCS/CCSP - Community Childcare Subvention / Plus
** From September 2017 new rates will apply for CCS/CCSP, see table below

The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) and the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) are support programmes for community-based and private childcare services to provide quality childcare at a reduced rate to parents. These programmes enable Childcare Services to give parents a reduction in their childcare fees - if they are in receipt of certain social welfare payments, Family Income Supplement, and/or are holders of medical cards and GP visit cards.

See table below for full eligibility information and rates of subvention. 

Contact us for more information:

CCS/P table of rates and eligibility

  Band A
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)
Band AJ
(with medical card)
Band B Band D
Eligibility criteria · One Parent Family Payment
· Widows/Widowers Pension
· Farm Assist
· State Pension
· Blind Pension
· Guardian’s Payment
· Illness/Injury Benefit
· Disability Allowance
· Carer’s Benefit/Allowance
· Back to Work Enterprise/
Education Allowance
· Community Employment/
Rural Social Scheme
· Domiciliary Care Allowance
· Family Income Supplement
· Secondary Students
· Invalidity Pension
· Disablement Pension
· Official Tusla Referrals (no
medical card required)
· HSE Public Health Nurse
(no medical card required)
· Part-time Job Incentive
· Gateway
· Job Seeker’s Benefit/Allowance*
· Supplementary Welfare Allowance**
· Medical Card
· Parents who are in
receipt of Social Welfare
payments listed under
Band A/AJ but have no
medical card
· GP Visit Card (over
· Parents who no longer
qualify for Band A/AJ
this year but who were
verified as being on Band
A/AJ at the end of the
previous school year
Weekly rate Band A 
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)
Band AJ 
(with medical card)
Band B Band D
(Full-Day payment 
(5.01 hrs +))
€145 €80 €70 €50
(Part-time payment 
€80 €80 €35 €25
(Sessional payment 
€45 €45 €25 €17
(Half-session payment
€22.50 €22.50 €12.50 €8.50



See Department of Children and Youth Affairs Website for updates regarding CCS –

                    Kildare County Childcare Committee, 

                      Unit 21 Thompson Enterprise Centre, 

                      Clane Business Park                      


                      Co. Kildare

                      W91 E6NY

                      E-Mail      CRA No. 20054175

                      Tel. 045- 861307                             CRO 355991

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