This programme provides a universal subvention for children aged between 6 months and 3 years. This is part of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs plan to make childcare more affordable to parents. The scheme commenced on 21st August 2017 and is available for 52 weeks of the year. The subsidy is available pro rata (i.e. if child less than 5 days) The payment of which is facilitated through the CCSP childcare programme.

CCS Session Type Universal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)CCS Session Type Universal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)
Full-time (i.e. 5.01 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

Registering a child on the Universal Subsidy

Parents must complete a Pre Registration Form with the following information: Child’s PPSN, Parent’s PPSN and Parent and Child DOB

  • Services do not have to attach any eligibility documentation
  • Only the Universal session types are displayed for selection
  • Once correct details (above) are entered, place will automatically approve

The Childcare Service must provide the parent with a Fee Policy and a Calendar.

Fees lists and service calendars are processed online, resulting in an easier and more streamlined experience for service providers. This process will assist service providers by automatically completing the Service Fee Information letter and, in addition, a letter for parents outlining the days the service is closed for that programme. This guide will detail how to complete:

  • CCS Fees List
  • CCS Calendar
  • Printing the Service Fees Information Letter

The guide will also outline what will happen after the service provider submits the Fees list and service calendar.

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