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Childcare funding programmes introduction

Fingal County Childcare Committee offers a wide variety of services locally; we offer information and guidance to childcare providers, childminders, parents and the general public on a variety of issues relating to childcare. We administer the three national childcare funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).


  1. Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) The Free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to 2 years free pre-school education in the year before they start primary school.

  2. Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS)
    The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) and Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) is a support programme for community-based childcare services to provide quality childcare at a reduced rate to parents. It enables community childcare services to reduce fees for parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments, Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards. Participation in the CCS programme is for both community and private childcare services.


  3. Training and Employment Childcare Programmes (TEC)
    The objective of the TEC Programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. There are three strands of the TEC programme:
  • The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS) The CETS programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides subsidised childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards (ETB’s), Secondary School Students completing their Junior and/or Leaving Cert.

  • The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC) The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children of certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).

  • The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.


     4. National Childcare Scheme (NCS)


       The National Childcare Scheme provides subsidies to help parents meet the cost of quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare. It will replace          all previous targeted childcare support programmes with a single, streamlined and user friendly Scheme.


       Under the National Childcare Scheme, subsidies are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any                      participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder and school age childcare services.

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In Fingal we have a large number of Childcare Providers. Childcare services may provide full time, part-time, sessional and school-age services. Fees charged are generally at the discretion of the childcare service. There are three categories of childcare providers, they are:

Private Childcare Providers:
Private Providers offer quality childcare services that are run as private businesses. These childcare services range from small businesses that are operated by sole traders to large childcare facilities that are operated by companies, some of which may have a number of different childcare facilities in different locations. Private Childcare Services may offer the ECCE, CCSP and TEC Childcare Funding Programmes. 


Community Childcare Providers:
Community Childcare Providers offer community based, not-for-profit childcare services. A Community Childcare Service is run by a voluntary Board of Management. Community based childcare services may offer the CCS, ECCE and TEC childcare funding programmes.

A Childminder is a self-employed person who minds other people’s children in their own home. Childminders may offer the ECCE programme, subject to meeting certain criteria.


Please see link to DCYA Programme Rules 2019/2020