The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme and the Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme and the Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme provide access to reduced rate childcare for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes.
Participation in the CCS Scheme is restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services, whilst the CCSP Scheme is only available in private services
Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme operated by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), provides access to reduced rate childcare, for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes.
The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme is offered in community childcare services in Cavan city and county.
How is Childcare Reduced?
What does this mean for me?
The amount the Government subsidises your childcare will increase substantially meaning the amount that you have to pay may be lower.
If you are eligible for the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme your new rates of subsidy are:
New Broader Eligibility
No family will lose out by the changes being introduced. In fact many more families will qualify for higher subvention because of the changes. A new Band D has been created which means that more families can qualify for the same support rates as those who were on Band B in 2016/2017.
This table outlines the new revised eligibility criteria.
To see the full list of eligibility criteria for the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme click here
How do I apply for my new subsidy rates?
The current programme year ends in August so from September 2017 you will have to re-register with your childcare provider. If you are still eligible, the new rates will be applied automatically, so just register with your childcare provider like you did this year – you’ll see the difference on the fees list and your bill. Parents can contact their chosen childcare provider or contact us here in the office on Tel: 049 436 5856 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fee Policy and Calendar of Open Days
The early years (childcare) service must provide the parent with a copy of the following:
A CCS Fees Information Letter for the Service – This letter details how much the service charges full fee paying parents, and those parents who fall under Band A, AJ and B. It also shows if the service charges a deposit and/or optional extras.
CCS Calendar Letter – this states the dates (inclusive) that the service will be open and the specific dates on which the service will be closed.
A note at the end of the letter must state either “This calendar has been auto-approved on the PIP system, but is subject to review by Cavan Childcare Committee”, or “This calendar has been approved by Cavan Childcare Committee”.
Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme
The Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme was introduced in March 2016. It is only available in a limited number of privately run childcare services. Eligibility bands are the same as for CCS above. The main difference to CCS is that there is no snapshot week. Eligibility is reckoned on the date the child starts in the programme,
DCYA Administrative Guide
The DCYA has published CCS – PIP How To Guide 2015 which covers all aspects of the scheme and, while aimed primarily at early years services, it also provides useful information for parents.