AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE SCHEME

On 26 May 2017, the Government launched the More Affordable Childcare Scheme to help families with payments for creche fees (CSSU, CSSP & TEC) and after-school care (CETS & ASCC only). The new scheme (CSSU) started on 28 August 2017.  Payments will be made directly to childcare providers, not parents. Typically subsidies will be paid for children between 6 months and admission into the ECCE Scheme. The total subsidy paid under the CSSU Scheme is €1,000 over 50 weeks.

For further information, please consult, www.affordablechildcare.ie/

....in simple steps the scheme operates as follows:

1. Identify which Band best suits your circumstances...... 

 Affordable Childcare Scheme

  2. The following subsidy will be deducted from your childcare fee.....

Band Rates

Early Childhood Care and Education

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years and not older than 5 and a half years.

The pattern of hours of free pre-school education depends on the hours and days your child attends: 

Sessional Service: the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over the school year (38 weeks). If your child attends for more than 3 hours, you will be charged for the extra time.

Daycare services: If your child attends full-time or part-time, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over the school year (38 weeks).  If your child attends for longer than this each day, you will be charged for the extra time. You will also be charged for the extra number of weeks attended (maximum of 52 weeks).  

For the 2017/2018 school year, the level of subvention will be €64.50 over 38 weeks or €49 over 50 weeks

(Overall Total is €2,451 per school year). 

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