CCS Information for Providers

What is the CCS Programme?

The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is a support programme for community-based childcare services to provide quality childcare services at a reduced rate to parents. It is a programme which enables Community Childcare Services to give parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments (the majority of which are covered under the CCS Programme),Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards,a reduction in their childcare fees.

Childcare Providers 

The amount of CCS funding that a service will qualify for will depend on the number of children attending the service whose parents/guardians qualify for one of the CCS subvention rates. The service will use the subvention funding to operate a tiered fees policy based on the cost of the service(s) less the various subvention rates.A parent whose child is eligible for both the ECCE and CCS programme must, at the beginning of the school year,choose which programme they wish to avail of. A parent cannot claim both.

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.The table below outlines the weekly subvention rates for Band A,AJ or B,based on the type of service the child is availing of. (The list of payments under Band A in the table is not exhaustive. Where clarification is required please contact the City / County Childcare Committee). Please note that a Medical Card is required with Band A and Band AJ payments. There will be no extension under any circumstances on the appeal deadline this year which is 31 January 2015.

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

* parents who qualify for Band AJ (with medical card) e.g. a parent in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB / JA) and with a medical card qualify for subvented childcare to a maximum of €50 subvention for full day care per week (Band AJ). This cap applies where a child attends from 3 full days to 5 full days per week. Parents in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB / JA) and do not have amedical card qualify for subvented childcare under Band B. Those parents partaking in a Springboard course and/or a National Internship Programme (NIP), or in receipt of the FÁS Training Allowance, no Band is automatically applied. The appropriate band will be decided on a case by case basis through the appeals process.

** A similar cap applies to Basic Payments under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme, as many of those in receipt of such payments are awaiting a decision on a Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance claim. In the event that this payment concludes with a successful claim which attracts a full rate Band A eligibility, with a medical card (e.g. One Parent Family Payment) then the eligibility for that payment can be back dated to the September of that given academic year for which the basic payment applied.However, the successful claim must be appealed before the deadline set by this Department in the given year

*** Parents on Illness Benefit will be reviewed during the course of the academic year. If the Illness Benefit no longer applies at the review, the band will be amended accordingly. Please see below some examples of the different Band entitlements:

a) Parent in receipt of (Family Income Supplement) FIS, parent entitled to Band B subvention rate.

b) Parent in receipt of One Parent Family & holds a medical card,parent entitled to Band A subvention rate.

c) Parent in receipt of Tús,parent is entitled to Band B subvention.

d) Parent in receipt of Job Seekers Benefit,parent is entitled to Band B subvention.

e) Parent in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance & holds a medical card, parent is entitled to Band AJ subvention.

f) Parent in receipt of Domiciliary Care & holds a medical card, parent entitled to Band A subvention.However, if the parent does not hold a medical card,but the child does, that child only to receive Band A subvention rate. Any other children of that family receive Band B.