The Community Childcare Subvention (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. Participation in the
Programme is currently restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services. There are currently approximately 913 community/not-for-profit childcare services nationwide participating in the CCS Programme, catering for up to 27,000 children annually.
Due to economic constraints, Budget 2012 closed the CCS Programme to new applications from community/ not-for-profit childcare services wishing to enter the CCS Programme. This restriction was lifted in October 2015.
Under Budget 2016, Dr.James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced a major package
of strategic investment in affordable, quality and accessible childcare. Part of this package involved expansion of the CCS Programme, to be rolled out in phases:
Lifting the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Places cap within existing CCS services (with effect from
October 2015) Notice in relation to the lifting of this restriction was issued in October 2015 and services in contract under the CCS Programme were advised to register all eligible children in attendance in the service in time for the CCS snap-shot week (5th – 9th October 2015).
Expansion of the CCS Programme to Community/Not-for-Profit childcare providers (with effect
from November 2015) Community/Not-for-Profit Services actively in contract with the DCYA under at least one of the other childcare funding programmes (ECCE and/or TEC) were invited to submit expressions of interest to join the CCS Programme. All services in contract under the CCS Programme were provided with the extended period for child registration to be submitted up until Friday 29th January 2016.
Expansion of the CCS Programme to a targeted number of private childcare providers (with effect from early 2016)
An extra €16million was allocated in Budget 2016 to provide for the expansion of the CCS Programme to private childcare providers in order to make CCS funding more accessible to families and children. When considering how to best target the expansion to private providers, data in relation to services currently contracted to provide the CCS Programme and Census 2011 data was analysed to consider the levels of deprivation by Electoral Division (ED) area against the areas in need of access to Community Childcare Subvention.
On review of the data it was difficult to identify specific areas to determine a targeted roll out of CCS to private providers. The data indicated that, while there are many ED areas with relatively high numbers of children aged 0-12 (some of which have been identified as being ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘below average’) across all CCCs that are currently not serviced by CCS, in ED areas identified as being ‘above average’ or ‘affluent’ there are significant proportions of the population in the lowest social classes. Therefore, the roll-out of CCS to private providers in areas identified as being ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘below average’ only could still miss a significant number of children in need of CCS provision.
On this basis, it was determined that all private providers should be invited to deliver a CCS Programme, and, if children in their service meet the CCS eligibility criteria, they can be subvented on a ‘first come first served basis’ (to the maximum budget capacity of €16m over 2016).
In the interest of managing the ‘first come first serve’ process fairly, the €16million budget will be distributed by City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) area, on a pro rata basis.
Appendix 1 sets out allocated distribution of the CCS Budget, for private providers, by CCC area based on the estimated proportions of children aged 0-12 in each CCC area. This allocation is open to change in the event that significant need in specific areas is identified.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs now invites Private Childcare Providers, actively in contract with the DCYA under at least one of the other childcare funding programmes (ECCE and/or TEC), to submit expressions of interest to enter into contract to deliver CCS.
Details of CCS eligibility criteria including, Band types and weekly funding amounts may be found on the
DCYA Website (www.dcya.ie) or PIP Homepage (www.pobal.ie) under ‘DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Information and Frequently Asked Questions’.
* Different to that of CCS provision in the community sector is that for private providers the eligibility criteria is based as of the date of the child’s registration/childcare start date on the PIP system rather than the ‘snap-shot week’ used for the community sector. Funding approval is on a ‘first come first serve basis’ within the limits of the assigned budget (or redirected budget) for private providers by CCC area.
Once a CCS (Private) Contract has been countersigned with the DCYA, the DCYA will make the CCS Private (CCSP) Contract active on the PIP System, which will allow CCSP registration forms to be completed. You will already be familiar with the PIP system from the ECCE and/or TEC Programmes. A ‘CCSP How to Guide for Service Providers’ (which will be available from the PIP Homepage) will detail instructions on how to register children for CCSP funding on the PIP system.
I want to apply! What do I do next?
Send an e-mail to express your interest in applying for a CCS (Private) Contract to CCSPrivate2015@dcya.gov.ie with the following information:
Click here to read Appendix 1 – County by County breakdown of additional CCS places (at the end of the document)
Read the Minister’s Press Release by clicking here