Childcare Funding Schemes

Here you will find a list of all schemes we accept in Precious Children Daycare with a description of who is eligible for each scheme. 

To learn more about applying for a scheme, visit The National Childcare Scheme homepage.

ECCE Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. The scheme is offered in early years settings (pre-schools, Montessori’s, creches, playgroups) for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, 38 weeks of the year.

All children are entitled to 2 full academic years on the ECCE scheme.

Children are eligible to start the ECCE scheme in the September of the year that they turn 3 years old. For example, a child turning 3 years old in 2019 can be registered on the ECCE scheme in September 2019.


Check your child’s eligibility using our calculator below:

National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme is set to launch in October 2019. It will replace all of the existing childcare support programmes with a single scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Under the scheme, subsidies will be available to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including Tusla registered childminders and school aged childcare services.

Detailed information on the supports available can be found on the National Childcare Scheme website.

Community Childcare Subvention

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) programme helps parents on lower incomes to access childcare at a reduced cost in participating privately owned childcare services.

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional)

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement Transitional CCSR(T) Provides access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. … The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.

After-School Child Care Scheme

The After-School Child Care Scheme (ASCC) supports low-income unemployed people to return to work. The Scheme provides subsidised after-school childcare places to people with children of primary school age who find employment, increase the number of days they work or take up a place on an employment support scheme.

Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS)

If you are a parent attending secondary school or you have applied for a vocational training course provided by an Education and Training Board and you need childcare, you may qualify for a childcare at reduced rates under the CETS programme. CETS can provide full-time, part-time or after-school childcare places.