If you are a parent/guardian who:
- holds a medical card or GP visit card;
- is on low income;
- is in school;
- in further education;
- job training;
- or in receipt of a social welfare payment
then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs.
What supports are available?
Check the table below to view what ‘band of supports’ are available to you based on your situation.
|Band A (with medical card unless otherwise stated)||Band AJ (with medical card)||Band B||Band D|
*parents who qualify for Band AJ under Jobseeker’s allowance/benefit receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.
**parents who qualify for Band AJ under Supplementary Welfare Allowance payments receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.
***Please note GP visit card for children 0-6 years of age does not qualify for CCS/CCSP subvention funding.
The maximum subvention is €145 per week; however, the amount will depend on how much childcare you use and what funding you are eligible for.
|Weekly rate||Band A (with medical card unless otherwise stated)||Band AJ (with medical card)||Band B||Band D|
|(Full-Day payment (5.01 hrs +))||€145||€80||€70||€50|
|(Part-time payment (3:31-5:00))||€80||€80||€35||€25|
|(Sessional payment (2:16-3:30))||€45||€45||€25||€17|
|(Half-session payment (1-2:15))||€22.50||€22.50||€12.50||€8.50|
If you are attending:
- further education,
- are in school,
- are participating in a Community Employment scheme,
- or are returning to work,
you may be eligible for the Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Schemes.
The amount of subsidy available for the Training and Employment Childcare Schemes are:
|CETS||ASCC||CEC AS||CEC PS|
|Current||From Sept 2017||Current||From Sept 2017||Current||From Sept 2017||Current||From Sept 2017|
|Afterschool with Transport||€80||€80||€80||€80||-||-||-||-|