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ECCE Programme, AIM, CCS, CCSPU, TEC – Affordable Childcare Programmes

ECCE Programme The ECCE programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range. It provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week, Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme must provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta and Aistear, the national frameworks for early years care and education. Staff of the local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) support participating services with assistive visits and advice. ECCE is only available through participating early years services; a list of these services is available through the relevant local CCC. The programme is available to all children from the age of three years of age.There will be only one eligibility entry point to the ECCE scheme from September 2018. Children must be 2 years 8 months by the 31st of August to start on the ECCE scheme in September. Children with Additional Needs – Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has introduced a new model to enable children with disabilities to access and fully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school provider. Further information is available at Access Inclusion Model website and Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)  CCS / CCSPU CCS The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, a payment described as a subvention payment, with the parent paying the remainder. The CCS is only available through participating community not-for-profit childcare services; please contact us for a list of services providing CCS. CCS services may cater for infant, pre-school and afterschool places. They may also incorporate a breakfast club. The eligibility of the applying parent is determined by their status with the Department of Social Protection (DSP). The level of the subvention is determined by the parent’s DSP status and also by the level of childcare required. For further information on eligibility please see CCS subvention bands: Affordable Child Care CCSPU As part of the Government policy to make childcare more affordable, the DCYA has introduced a universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families. The new universal band will be available for all children between the ages of 6 months and the time at which they may start the free pre-school programme, and who are not receiving any targeted CCS subvention. This is not means tested and is available to families with children in Tusla registered childcare either community or private services. For further information please see: Affordable Child Care TEC (Training and Education in Childcare) TEC The TEC Programme is an overarching childcare programme specifically designed to support parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. Please contact us for a list of services providing the TEC scheme. The TEC Programme provides childcare support for parents on certain education and training courses (CETS), parents working on Community Employment programmes (CEC), and also for families on Family Income Support (ASCC): Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS) The CETS Programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC) and Secondary Schools. Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC) The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes. After-School Child Care programme (ASCC) The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment). Eligibility Criteria for CETS Participants on the following Further Education Programmes are eligible to apply for CETS funding: CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses CETS approved Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) CETS approved Youth reach Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) Secondary school students completing Junior or Leaving Certificate cycle Eligibility Criteria for CEC Under the CEC programme (pre-school and after-school), a Community Employment (CE) participant who requires childcare in order to begin or continue on a CE scheme is eligible for a childcare place. Eligibility Criteria for ASCC In order to be eligible for ASCC a client must be in receipt of Family Income Supplement (FIS) and increase hours of work or satisfy the below: Be in receipt of Jobseekers’ Benefit (JB) or Jobseekers’ Allowance (JA), Jobseekers’ Transitional payment (JST) or One-parent Family Payment (OFP) or be on a DSP employment programme (or any combination of the above) for at least three months (78 days) AND have one or more children aged between 4 and 13 years who are in primary school AND Commence any one of the following: employment (either full-time or part-time) OR increase their employment OR a specified DSP employment programme as follows (except Community Employment): WPP, BTWEA, TUS, Gateway or RSS For further information on eligibility please see on http://www.dcya.gov.ie/