Supported childcare that's run by State
THERE are a number of supported childcare programmes besides the ECCE scheme that are run by Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme, which provides targeted funding to enable community not-for-profit childcare services to provide quality childcare benefit primarily to lower income and disadvantaged families, is also accessible to parents who have relatively average incomes on the basis of their entitlement to hold a GP visit card.
About 25,000 children each year benefit from this programme.
The Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme targets funding to support parents who are participating in specified training courses. There are about 2,500 places in total available at any one time under this programme.
About 4,000 children benefit from this programme each year.
The Community Employment Childcare (CEC) programme is administered by the DCYA on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. The programme provides part-time care for the children (up to age five) of persons participating in Community Employment schemes. The Department of Social Protection determines eligibility for the childcare places.
About 1,800 places are available under this initiative.
The After-School Childcare (ASCC) programme is also administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. This programme provides after-school places for certain categories of parents who have children of primary school age.
The programme is designed to support low-income and unemployed people to take up a job (including JobPlus), increase their days of employment or take up a place on a Department of Social Protection Employment programme.
The Department of Social Protection determines eligibility for the childcare places. About 800 places are available under this initiative.