Funding Schemes

The government under the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has introduced the following childcare funding Programmes:

  • Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP)
  • Training & Employment Childcare Programme (TEC)

ECCE Information 2019/2020

The Free Pre-school Year in the Early Childhood Care & Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to up to 2 years free preschool education before they start primary school.

For eligibility information please see the Eligibility for ECCE

For further details see Department of Children & Youth Affairs

Here is a list of childcare providers in Kerry participating in the ECCE scheme. If you require further information contact Pamela Curran on 066 7181582/

National Childcare Scheme

There are two types of subsidies available under the National Childcare Scheme:

Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under 3 years old. They are also available to families with children over 3 years who have not yet qualified for the free preschool programme (ECCE). This subsidy is not means tested and provides 50c per hour towards the cost of a registered childcare place for a maximum of 40 hours per week.

Income Assessed Subsidies are available to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years. This subsidy is means tested and will be calculated based on your individual circumstances. Your rate will vary depending on your level of family income, your child’s age and educational stage, and the number of children in your family.

The NCS Training Team have developed a series of video resources for parents/applicants and these may be of help for the application process and can also be viewed on the National Childcare Scheme’s YouTube channel Here

For more information please click here

CCSP Information 2019/2020

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus Programme (CCSP) enables parents to access quality childcare at a reduced rate in Community and Private based childcare services.  CCSP enables community and private childcare services to reduce fees for parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments, Family Income Supplement and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards. Parents can avail of the CCSP programme in both community and private childcare services.

There is also a universal subsidy available to parents for children aged from 6 – 36 months enrolled in a Tusla registered service.

Please note that CCSP will no longer be open for applications after October 11th, 2019.  All new applications will be processed under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS).

TEC information 2019/2020

The Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programme is administered by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. The objective of the Programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, through the provision of subsidised childcare places. The allocation of childcare places under the Programme is managed by the Department, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) and local childcare service providers. Payments in respect of TEC places are made to services by Pobal, based on information supplied by the Department.

The Programme consists of three distinct strands:

Strand 1 (CETS)
This strand formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants. Following the establishment of the Local Education and Training Boards, Strand 1 is now administered on behalf of the Department of Education, who have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the Programme.

Places can be full-time, part-time, afterschool only or afterschool with pick up places.

Strand 2 (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).

Strand 3 (CEC)

The CEC is administered on behalf of Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.

Please note that TEC will no longer be open for applications after October 11th, 2019.  All new applications will be processed under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS).