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 pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, a payment described as a subvention payment, with the parent paying the rest.
The CCS is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services.
CCS 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.
The new National Childcare Scheme (NCS) is due to be introduced in October 2019. This will replace the current targeted childcare programmes.
The existing targeted childcare funding programmes will continue until the commencement of NCS, and thereafter in a limited way.
The 2019-20 rules document for the existing targeted programme provides a methodology of ensuring continuity of service for parents and providers for the 2019/2020 programme year for children registered on the targeted childcare funding programmes who do not choose to transfer onto the NCS, subject to certain terms and conditions. These registrations are referred to as ‘Savers’.
This document outlines the rules relating to legacy childcare schemes provided by the department.