Affordable Childcare - For Providers

Affordable childcare - For Providers

I am a childcare provider

The Main Changes

  • 1    There will be a new universal childcare subsidy for children from the age of 6 months to 36 months or until they are eligible to start the free pre-school programme.

  • 2   There will be amendments to the existing Community Childcare Subvention (CCS/CCSP) eligibility criteria to help ensure that more families can benefit from more affordable childcare.

  • 3   There will be increases of up to 50% in childcare subvention rates provided under CCS/CCSP.

 

Eligibility

Who is eligible to receive the universal subsidy?

Every child, from the age of 6 months until they are eligible to start the free pre-school programme, is eligible for the universal subsidy

 

Who is eligible for CCS/CCSP targeted subsidies?

 

Band A

(with medical card unless oherwise 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
(FIS)
· Secondary Students
· Invalidity Pension
· Disablement Pension
· Official Tusla Referrals (no
medical card required)
· HSE Public Health Nurse
referrals
(no medical card required)
· TÚS
· Part-time Job Incentive
Scheme
· 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
6yrs+only)***
· 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

*parents who qualify for Band AJ under Jobseeker’s allowance/benefit receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.

**parents who qualify for Band AJ under Supplementary Welfare Allowance payments receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.

****Please note GP Visit Card for children 0-6 years of age does not qualify for CCS/CCSP.

 

What are the changes to CCS/CCSP targeted eligibility?

 

2016/17

2017/18

3 Bands (A, AJ, B)

4 Bands (A, AJ, B, D)

TÚS (With Medical Card) was Band AJ

TÚS (With Medical Card) is Band A

Part-Time Job Incentive
(With Medical Card) was Band AJ

Part-Time Job Incentive
(With Medical Card) is Band A

Gateway (With Medical Card) Band AJ

Gateway (With Medical Card) Band A

GP Visit Cards – Band B

GP Visit Cards – Moved to Band D

Band A Last Year – Band B

Band A Last Year – Moved to Band D

Band AJ – Capped at €50

Band AJ – Capped at €80

 

Rates

What are the Universal Subsidy Rates?

CCS Session Type

Universal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)

Full-time (i.e. 5 or more hours)

€20

Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours)

€10

Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours)

€7

Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.15 hours)

€3.50

 

What are the new CCS targeted rates?

Weekly rate

Band A 
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)

Band AJ 
(with medical card)

Band B

Band D

(Full-Day payment 
(5 hrs +))

€145

€80

€70

€50

(Part-time payment 
(3:31-5:00))

€80

€80

€35

€25

(Sessional payment 
(2:16-3:30))

€45

€45

€25

€17

(Half-session payment
(1:15-2:15))

€22.50

€22.50

€12.50

€8.50

 

 

Getting into Contract

I am a Community Provider with a CCS contract

CCS Universal is provided through the new CCS Plus contract. Community services can sign up to the CCS Plus contract in addition to the CCS contract. There is no major change from the 2016/2017 re-contracting process.

1. Log onto your PIP Portal
2. Certify the Primary Authorised User
3. Primary Authorised User activates the CCS Plus contract
4. Submit the fees list and service calendar for your organisation on PIP

 

I am a Private Provider with a CCSP contract

CCS Universal is provided through the new CCS Plus contract. This replaced the CCSP contract. There is no major change from the 2016/2017 re-contracting process.

1. Log onto your PIP Portal
2. Certify the Primary Authorised User
3. Primary Authorised User activates the CCS Plus contract
4. Submit the fees list and service calendar for your organisation on PIP

 

I have a DCYA Reference Number but I do not have a CCS or CCSP contract

If you have never participated in a subvented childcare scheme, all you have to do is contact your City/County Childcare Committee (CCC). CCC staff can guide and support you through this application and set-up process. Once the initial set-up is complete you will then be guided through the contracting process by Pobal.

 

I am a new provider and I do not have a DCYA Reference Number

If you have never participated in a DCYA childcare scheme, all you have to do is contact your City/County Childcare Committee (CCC). CCC staff can guide and support you through this application and set-up process. Once the initial set-up is complete you will then be guided through the contracting process by Pobal.

 

Contact details for Westmeath CCC  -  0449335454