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More Affordable Childcare From September

Grovelands Childcare has decided to participate in the Governments More Affordable Childcare Scheme.

If your child is aged between 6 months and 36 months  you are eligible for a non means-tested universal childcare subsidy of up to €20 per week. That amounts to up to €1,040 per year. The breakdown of the subsidy based on 5 days attendance is listed below (if attending less than 5 days the funding is allocated pro -rata) :

Full-time (i.e. 5.01 or more hours) €20
Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours) €10
Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours) €7
Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.15 hours) €3.50


How do you apply for the Universal Subsidy?

For the universal payment of up to €20 per week provide the PPSN and date of birth of your child and your PPSN  to the centre manager or fill out a pre-registration form. The subsidy will be paid by the Government directly to Grovelands Childcare and will be deducted  from the cost of your childcare.

To qualify for enhanced targeted subsidies you will need to provide proof of eligibility, click here to find out more

On a low income, in further education or training, or in receipt of social welfare? You could be entitled to further subsidies.

If you are a parent/guardian who:
• holds a medical card or GP visit card;
• is on low income;
• is in school;
• in further education;
• job training;
• or in receipt of a social welfare payment,

then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs.

What supports are available? 

Check the table below to view what ‘band of supports’ are available to you based on your situation

Band A
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)
Band AJ
(with medical card)
Band B Band D
Eligibility criteria · One Parent Family Payment
· Widows/Widowers Pension
· Farm Assist
· State Pension
· Blind Pension
· Guardian’s Payment
· Illness/Injury Benefit
· Disability Allowance
· Carer’s Benefit/Allowance
· Back to Work Enterprise/
Education Allowance
· Community Employment/
Rural Social Scheme
· Domiciliary Care Allowance
· Family Income Supplement
· Secondary Students
· Invalidity Pension
· Disablement Pension
· Official Tusla Referrals (no
medical card required)
· HSE Public Health Nurse
(no medical card required)
· Part-time Job Incentive
· Gateway
· Job Seeker’s Benefit/Allowance*
· Supplementary Welfare Allowance**
· Medical Card
· Parents who are in
receipt of Social Welfare
payments listed under
Band A/AJ but have no
medical card
· GP Visit Card (over
· Parents who no longer
qualify for Band A/AJ
this year but who were
verified as being on Band
A/AJ at the end of the
previous school year

*parents who qualify for Band AJ under Jobseeker’s allowance/benefit receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.

**parents who qualify for Band AJ under Supplementary Welfare Allowance payments receive maximum subvented childcare of €80 for full day care per week.

***Please note GP visit card for children 0-6 years of age does not qualify for CCS/CCSP subvention funding. A Family GP visit card does qualify for CCS/CCPS

The maximum subvention is €145 per week; however, the amount will depend on how much childcare you use and what funding you are eligible for.

Weekly rate Band A 
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)
Band AJ 
(with medical card)
Band B Band D
(Full-Day payment 
(5.01 hrs +))
€145 €80 €70 €50
(Part-time payment 
€80 €80 €35 €25
(Sessional payment 
€45 €45 €25 €17
(Half-session payment
€22.50 €22.50 €12.50 €8.50

If you are attending:
• further education,
• are in school,
• are participating in a Community Employment scheme,
• or are returning to work,

you may be eligible for the Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Schemes.

The amount of subsidy available for the Training and Employment Childcare Schemes are:

TEC Programmes (Existing and Proposed Weekly Subsidies)
  Current From Sept 2017 Current From Sept 2017 Current From Sept 2017 Current From Sept 2017
Full-time  €145 €145 €105 €145 - - - -
Part-time  €80 €80 - - €80 €80 €80 €80
Afterschool €45 €45 €40 €45 €40 €45 - -
Afterschool with Transport €80 €80 €80 €80 - - -


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