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.

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP):The CCSP Saver 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’.
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 the 2020/2021 programme year i.e. 17th August 2020 to 21st August 2021, parents of eligible children who were registered on CCS Resettlement and CCSU prior to the 15th November 2019 will, for the most part, continue to receive their subsidies subject to certain terms and conditions.

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CSSR):  CCSR was a programme which specifically catered for the childcare needs of Programme Refugees to help support their resettlement and integration into Irish society. Initially the programme catered for children up to 6 years old for the duration of 60 weeks. However, the scheme was expanded to include school aged children up to and including 12 years of age during non-school term (approximately 14 weeks during school holidays) over a two year period.
Where a child who was registered in the 2019/2020 programme year on 15th November 2019, has not completed their full complement of childcare under the CCSR Programme, this can now be taken in the 2020/2021 programme year.
This programme is not open for children who were not previously registered on the 15th November 2019.
Children of Programme Refugees who were not previously registered must now be directly sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality under the NCS. This includes siblings of children registered on CCSR.

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CSSR(T)): As part of the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness” the DCYA had provided access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. CCSR(T) is now closed for applications, however the National Childcare Scheme makes special arrangements for some children and families to be sponsored by certain public bodies so they can get childcare under the NCS. Local Authorities can offer sponsorship to support homeless persons with children that are homeless or moving out of homelessness to access childcare services.

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes: These programmes provide childcare funding support for parents participating in eligible ETB/Solas vocational training courses, Community Employment (CE) programmes or returning to employment. The NCS replaces the previous targeted childcare programmes and so the TEC programme closed to new registrations on February 14th 2020. The children whose parents were registered on TEC up to
that date, and opted to retain their registration under TEC, are referred to as ‘TEC Savers’ and the programme is now known as the TEC Saver Programme. The TEC Saver Programme will continue for an interim period or until the parent is no longer eligible. No new registrations for new children can be made under the TEC Saver programme. The TEC Saver Programme will cease operating once all participants registered before February 14th 2020 have completed their allotted time on their TEC

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 8am – 6pm 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.