National Childcare Funding Programmes

Please click on link below for Announcement made by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on 24th January 2018:


Please click here to link to the Website Affordable Childcare - outlining important changes to Childcare Funding Programmes for 2017 -2018.

Please click here to view a short video developed by Longford County Childcare Committee on the changes that will commence in September 2017.

Please click here to view the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Guide to the Rules for the Childcare Funding Programmes: 2017 - 2018.


Lists of services in National Childcare Funding Programmes in Clare
Please contact Clare County Childcare Committee offices for lists of childcare services in each of the three schemes as detailed below. Tel: 065 6864862 / E-mail:

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) and (CCSP) is a support programme for community-based and private childcare services  to provide quality childcare services at a reduced rate to parents. It is a programme which enables services to give parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments (the majority of which are covered under the CCS/CCSP Programme),Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards,a reduction in their childcare fees.

Universal Free Pre-School in Early Childhood Care and Education - (ECCE) Scheme

Free Pre-School
Since September 2016, every child in Ireland can start pre-school at age three, and remain in pre-school until they start primary school. Children are able to enrol in pre-school at three different points (2017-2018) in the year – September, January and April (Changing to one eligibility entry point in September 2018).

Please see the news section of our website to use the ECCE scheme eligibility calculator for your child.

Training and Employment Childcare Training (TEC) Scheme

What is TEC?

The TEC Programmes consists of:

The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS)
The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)
The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

The purpose of the progamme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. CETS is administered on behalf of the Department of Education. Places can be full-time, part-time, after-school only or after-school with pick up places.ETB/Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of the CETS Programme.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Please go the the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for more details on each of the schemes in the National Childcare Funding Programme: 

For more information on Personal Public Service Numbers which are required when applying for the above childcare funding schemes - please click here to link to the website of the Department of Social Protection.