Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Programme for service providers


If you think you are entitled to help with your childcare costs please check the website More Affordable Childcare for any funding schemes which may apply to you. 

The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is a support programme for community-based and some private childcare services (CCSP) to provide quality childcare services at a reduced rate to parents. The CCS and CCSP programme 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.

The Subvention bands and rates are as follows:

Level of Service

Band A (with medical card)

Band AJ (with medical card)

Band B

Band D


One Parent Family Payment
Widows/Widowers Pension
Pre-retirement Allowance
Farm Assist
State Pension
Blind Pension
Guardian’s Payment
Illness/Injury Benefit
Disability Allowance
Carer’s Benefit/ Allowance
Back to Work
Enterprise/Education Allowance
Community Employment
Domiciliary Care Allowance
Family Income Supplement (FIS)
Secondary School students
Invalidity Pension
Disablement Pension

Job Seekers Benefit/ Allowance

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*


Part-time Job Incentive Scheme

Medical Card

GP Visit Card (over 6yr+ only)***

Parents who are in receipt of Social Welfare payments listed under Band A/AJ but have no medical card

Parents who no  longer qualify for Band A/AJ this year but who were verified as being on Band A/AJ at the end of the previous school year

GP Visit Card (over
· Parents who no longer
qualify for Band A/AJ
this year but who were
verified as being on Band
A/AJ at the end of the
previous school year


Official Tusla Referrals (no medical card required)

HSE Public Health Nurse referrals Referrals (no medical card required)




Full-Day Payment  (5 hrs +)





Part-time Payment






Sessional Payment






Half Session Payment






 * parents who qualify for Band AJ (with medical card) e.g. a parent in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB / JA) and with a medical card qualify for subvented childcare to a maximum of €50 subvention for full day care per week (Band AJ).  This cap applies where a child attends from 2.5 full days to 5 full days per week.  Parents in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB / JA) and do not have a medical card qualify for subvented childcare under Band B.
** A similar cap applies to Basic Payments under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme, as many of those in receipt of such payments are awaiting a decision on a Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance claim. In the event that this payment concludes with a successful claim which attracts a full rate Band A eligibility, with a medical card (e.g. One Parent Family Payment) then the eligibility for that payment can be back dated to the September of that given academic year for which the basic payment applied.  However, the successful claim, which must have been backdated to include the CCS snapshot week, must be appealed as part of the CCS Appeals Process.
***GP visit card is now universal for children 0-6 and therefore will now only apply to Band B subvention eligibility for 6yrs+.  Children under 6 who were approved for Band B subvention in 2014/15 due to child’s GP visit card will still be eligible.
Note:  No Band is automatically applied to those parents on Maternity Benefit, partaking in a Springboard course and/or a National Internship Programme (NIP/JobBridge), or in receipt of the ETB/SOLAS Training Allowance on CCS snapshot week.  The appropriate band will be decided on a case by case basis, based ont eh allowance received immediately prior to the course/programme/training/benefit.

To view the most up to date information in relation to CCS and CCSP, please visit website More Affordable Childcare. Updates can also be found on each early childhood services individual PIP page.