Childcare Funded Programmes

There are four Government funded childcare support schemes in operation.

Childcare services enter into a contract with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to receive funding to deliver childcare through the support schemes.

Currently parents apply through the Childcare service of their choice to access one of the support schemes, this will change under the NCS when parents will apply for supports through a parent portal.

  • Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Scheme: If a child is eligible for the September start date but the parent decides not to start him/her for a little longer. The child can still join in on the ECCE scheme but will not get the full 2 years.
  • Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes-which includes:
  1. Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
  2. Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
  3. After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
  • Community Childcare Subvention scheme (CCS)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Plus scheme (CCSP)- which includes the new universal subsidy

In October 2019 the transition will begin for all of these programmes (with the exception of ECCE) to the NCS (National Childcare Scheme.)

Applications for the current programmes can be made until the Scheme goes live (targeted for October 2019) after which applications to these programmes will close. This means that for the 2019/2020 programme year, both the National Childcare Scheme and the existing support programmes will run simultaneously. The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme Plus (CCSP) for the final programme year and will cease completely in 2020. If you have any questions regarding the existing programmes please visit or contact


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Funded Programmes