The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) operate a number of Childcare Schemes. These schemes provide free or reduced rate childcare to eligible children and their parents. The link below outlines the Rules for DCYA Funding Programmes.

Rules For DCYA Funding Programmes 2019/2020

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP): This programme provides childcare funding support targeting low-income families in private childcare services and community childcare services.

Community Childcare Subvention Universal (CCSU): All families are eligible for financial childcare support for children between the ages of six months and the time at which they are eligible for the free pre-school programme. This subsidy will NOT be means tested and therefore will be available for families at any income level. To qualify the parent must provide both the child and parent PPS number to the childcare provider.

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CSSR): This programme provides childcare support to Programme Refugees to support their resettlement and integration into Irish society.

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CSSR(T)): As part of the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness” the DCYA has provided access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness.

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.

For further information click here: TEC Parent Information leaflet

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


visit: Department of Children and Youth Affairs 


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 DCYA 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 DCYA funded programmes on both PIP and EYP.