CCS Plus

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Plus programme is now live on your PIP page. Once the Primary Authorised User (PAU) has activated CCSP contract on PIP, they can then begin the registration process. Child registrations can be
back dated to January 2nd, 2017.

Community Service providers are advised to read the How to Guide and Frequently Asked Questions below or they are also available on the PIP homepage with a How to Guide.      

 If you have an existing CCS contract, please follow the below steps:

1. The Primary Authorised User (PAU) logs onto PIP and navigates to the ‘Programme’ tab.
2. Click on the activate link on the CCSP contract
3. Tick the relevant boxes
4. Submit
5. Pobal will activate the contract on the same day. Once the contract has been activated, your service can register children.

Community or Private early childhood services who are not registered for either CCS or CCS Private, please contact South Dublin CCC on 01 4570122 to apply for a CCS Plus contract. 
If your service is already registered for CCS Private, you are unaffected and do not need to apply.

For all other details on eligibility, please see the attached FAQ document. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact South Dublin CCC on 01 4570122.


 What is CCS Plus?

Effectively CCS Plus is a renaming of the CCS Private Contract and making it available to any service who wishes to activate it. The Community Childcare Schemes (CCS) provide subsidised childcare for parent/s who are in receipt of social welfare payments. Although the scheme will not be available until March, it will apply to children who have been in registered in a service from 2 January, 2017. At the moment we are not sure if you can have CCS and CCS Plus at the same time in the same service. We have asked the DCYA for clarity on this issue.

 Who can apply for a CCS Plus contract?

Any service will be able to apply for the contract.

If you already have a CCS Private contract you don’t need to apply as it has the same terms and conditions, just a different name.

If you are a community/not-for-profit service who has a CCS contract, you can activate a CCS Plus contract through PIP.

If you are a community/not-for-profit service or a private provider that does not currently have a CCS/CCS P contract, you have to apply through South Dublin County Childcare Committee.

If you are a community service who currently has a CCS contract and you do not wish to activate CCS Plus, your CCS contract remains the same.

 What’s the difference between CCS and CCS Plus?

·        You can register an eligible child under CCS Plus at any time from 2 January 2017. There is no ‘snap shot window’. Social welfare payments must be within a month of the child starting at the service and the medical/GP visit card must be valid at the time of registration.

·        Under CCS Plus the notice period is only 2 weeks.

·        Funding under CCS Plus is automatically released when the child leaves the scheme.

·        Children must be registered as leavers after 2 weeks absence rather than 4 weeks.

·        Services are only paid for the weeks they are open under CCS Plus

 Are there any benefits to activating a CCS Plus contract?

·        You can register a child on CCS Plus any time after 2 January 2017

·        You can increase a CCS child’s level of service i.e. if they were registered for 2 days a week but would like to increase to 5

·        It is possible to change the child’s eligibility i.e. from Band B to A

·        If a child leaves CCS Plus and goes onto ECCE, another child can be registered in their place as the funding is automatically released.

·        ECCE children who are eligible will be able to avail of CCS plus during the holidays


CCS Plus is now live on the PIP System.