The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth operate a number of Childcare Schemes. These schemes provide free or reduced rate childcare to eligible children and their parents. Please go to PIP to access the Rules for DCEDIY Funding Programmes.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE):

This programme is a universal childcare programme otherwise known as ‘free pre-school’ with the stated objective of providing children with their first formal experience of early learning. It is delivered to children of pre-school age (2 years 8 months to 5 years 6 months) prior to commencing primary school and is provided for 3 hours per day, 5 days per week over 38 weeks per year.

There is an ECCE calculator on our home page for your use.

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP):

The CCSP 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’. Only children with ‘saver’ status are eligible for CCSP.
No new registrations can be made under the CCSP Saver Programme for children who have not been previously registered on CCSP 2019/20.
If a child ages out of the CCSP Saver Programme i.e. turns 15 years of age, the parent will no longer be eligible for reduced childcare costs for this child under this programme.

For any additional information please contact Carlow County Childcare Committee on 059 9140244 


visit: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth 


The Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) is an online system which captures information on children under the legacy schemes services provide. The Early Years Hive is an online system which hosts the National Childcare Scheme.

Pobal continually update the Frequently asked question sections of both websites to assist you in your preparations and keep you informed.  It is important to check in regularly to keep your service up to date on any new announcements.


A dedicated Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) has been established by Pobal in order to provide specialised supports to early learning and care service providers in the delivery of DCYA childcare funded programmes.

The Early Years Provider Centre will be a specific point of contact for service providers to direct queries regarding existing DCEDIY childcare funded programmes and also the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS).

EYPC Contact Details:

Service Providers should continue to call 01 5117222 to talk to an EYPC representative.

This phone line is available from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. (Note: The lines are closed every Wednesday from 9.00am – 10.00am for training purposes)

The EYPC Teams will also continue to support service providers through the following mailboxes: – This dedicated mailbox will be utilised for all early learning and care programme support queries, replacing the mailbox – This mailbox is for all PIP account queries. – This mailbox is for all queries relating to ECCE Higher Capitation

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There are three dedicated teams within the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) available to support early learning and care service  providers.

  • The Contact Team will deliver all the services previously provided by online support using the phone number and email above, this team acts as a first point of contact between service providers and EYPC.
  • The Data Management Team will perform all functions of the previous PIP Documents team which will now include all queries for both PIP and the new Early Years Platform (EYP) on which the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) will be delivered.   The email address will remain active for all PIP account queries.
  • The Registration and Applications Team – will process all registration and application requests which are received for all DCEDIY funded programmes on both PIP and EYP.