Childcare Funding Schemes

Childcare Funding Schemes

There are three childcare funding programmes available to parents in Ireland:

The Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Programme - this programme gives children access to a free preschool year of appropriate curriculum-based activities in the year before they start primary school.

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme - this programme is available through community childcare services and offers parents who are in receipt of social welfare payments a reduction in their childcare fees.

The Training & Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes - these include the Childcare Education & Training Support (CETS) programme, the After- school Childcare (ASCC) Programme and the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) Programme. These programmes offer subsidised childcare to parents who are participating in eligible ETB or SOLAS training courses, taking up a job or increasing their days of employment or participating on a community employment (CE) course.

These programmes are funded primarily through the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) with the ASCC Programme being funded through the Department of Social Protection (DSP).


Kilkenny County Childcare Committee
County Childcare Committee, Kilkenny Education Centre Campus, Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny
056 7752865