Access & Inclusion Model (AIM)
In order to support parents with children with additional needs to access free pre-school, a major new programme of supports, the Access and Inclusion Model, has been introduced. This website contains information for providers of childcare who require AIM support for a child who is eligible for and participating in the ECCE Programme in an ECCE pre-school room.
Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)
The Free Pre-School year in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to up to 2 years of free pre-school education before they start primary school .
A number of resources for ECCE can be accessed here.
Frequently asked questions for Childcare Providers ECCE can be found here.
Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP)
Not open to New Applicants – refer to NCS
The CCSP Saver Programme provides support for eligible parent/guardians on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating childcare services during the 2020/2021 programme year.
The children who were registered for CCSP in the 2019/20 programme year and retain registrations under CCSP Saver Programme are referred to as ‘Savers’.
Information on the CCSP Saver Programme 2020/2021 can be accessed here
Training and Employment Childcare TEC
Not open to new applicants – refer to NCS
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. The NCS replaces the previous targeted childcare programmes and so the TEC programme closed to
new registrations on February 14th 2020. The children whose parents were registered on TEC up to that date, and opted to retain their registration under TEC, are referred to as ‘TEC Savers’ and the programme is now known as the TEC Saver Programme.
Information on the TEC Saver Programme 2020/2021 can be accessed here.
National Childcare Scheme NCS
The National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support for parents towards the cost of childcare. It will provide a system from which both universal and targeted subsidies can be provided towards the cost of childcare.
Services in contract with DCEDIY to deliver government programmes are required to administer the programmes through PIP Portal or through the NCS Hive. Services are encouraged to log onto the portal at least once a week for updates.
The most frequently asked questions around the National Childcare Scheme can be found here
There are a series of helpful videos to help Providers to navigate the NCS Hive, they can be located here.