Government Funding Programmes

Access & Inclusion Model (AIM)

AIM Website Information

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)

ECCE Website Information

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

CCSP Saver Website Information

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

TEC Saver Website Information

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

NCS Website Information

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

Capital Funding Options  

The funding available for the 2021 Capital Programme is €8.3million and the priority for funding is to support compliance of fire-safety regulations and standards. Capital grants of between €1,000 and €10,000 will be available to contribute to the costs of remedial works required to receive a Fire Safety Certificate. This certificate is required as part of the statutory regulation process undertaken by Tusla, the independent regulator of the sector.

Eligible works under the 2021 Capital Programme will include the following:

·  Fire safety fit out costs, for example, installing fire alarm systems and fire protection measures such as escape routes; lighting, fire doors, fire proofing specific walls and floors; and escape stairways, with windows as secondary escape option;

·  Fire safety equipment including smoke alarms, CO2 alarms, fire extinguishers, fire blankets; and

·  Fire safety maintenance and replacement of key “fire risk appliances” such as electrical wiring and gas boilers.

To be eligible for funding, works must be identified as being required in a fire safety assessment report which has been completed since June 2019 by a competent person who is a registered architect, building surveyor or engineer. The fire safety assessment must be provided with the application for funding.  If you do not have a Fire Safety Certificate and intend to apply for a grant under the 2021 Capital Programme, please ensure that you have a fire safety assessment to support your application, by early February. The fire safety assessment may be dated at any time after 1 June 2019 – although, if material works have been carried out in your service since the fire safety assessment was obtained, you will have to provide an updated assessment. 

Further information and applicant guidelines will be published in advance of the application process opening.