As part of the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness” the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has committed to introducing a new scheme under the current CCS Programme, which will provide access to free childcare for homeless children. The new scheme is to be known as Community Childcare Subvention Transitional (CCST).
A flat rate of €110 per week, for part-time childcare over 5 days per week will be paid in relation to each child attending under CCS Transitional once approved, for the eligible duration of their childcare place.
Service providers may start registering children under this programme once signed up for same. If you, as a service provider, are providing childcare to children that are eligible for the CCS Transitional Scheme, then you must contact your local County Childcare Committee (CCC) to request to apply.
Note: A ‘How to’ guide on the CCS Transitional registration process will be posted shortly on the PIP Portal and PIP Homepage. It is recommended that all relevant service providers understand the ‘How to’ Guide in preparation for the registration of any eligible CCS Transitional children in their service(s).
Can any service register a child under this programme?
Service Providers must already be in contract with DCYA under the CCS/CCSP programmes to be eligible. Access to CCST will be on an ‘as requested’ basis only, and must be requested by Service Providers. Service Providers can request that their service be enabled to provide CCST on PIP by contacting their local CCC.
What does the service provide to the parent?
A CCST Parental Declaration Form will be made available to the relevant Service Providers, who must complete this Form manually and retain for compliance purposes
What do parents need to provide?
CCST provides childcare for parents with the relevant eligibility documentation from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Further details will follow in relation to the eligibility document. A template of this letter will be circulated in the coming weeks, along with a CCST ‘How to’ Guide.
What will the DCYA Approval Process be?
Approval will be based on details submitted on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Verification eligibility letter. PPSN details and date of birth for both Parent and Child(ren) will be required. Eligibility letters must be scanned onto the PIP registration for verification by DCYA. A template of this letter will be published in the coming weeks, along with a CCST ‘How to’ Guide.