Fees & Funding
Our fee’s policy is line with the OMYCA and Pobal guidelines and is approved by the South Dublin County Childcare Committee. Our fees are charged on a tiered fee structure basis, based on the cost per childcare place. An overall aim of Dublin West Childcare is to ensure that the fee structures are at a level where it enables more local families to access our services. As a result we are constantly seeking to lower our overheads and running costs in order to reduce fee’s where possible.
At Dublin West review all fee’s policies on a quarterly basis to ensure families within the community can access our services – affordable childcare.
Please contact any of our services to find out more information on our fees.
Parents can avail of 3 different forms of funded/subvention support for childcare fees.
ECCE-The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the year that they will be starting. The upper age limit can be extended in some cases – see ‘Rules’ below.
The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and day-care services. In return, they provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks (see ‘How the ECCE scheme is provided’ in our supplementary information). In general, children only qualify for ECCE in one school year.
CCS or Community Childcare Subvention - The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS) was replaced by the CCS in September 2010. The CCS continues to be restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services. The CCS Scheme continues to support disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education.
It is a government initiative whereby the government pays a specific amount towards the fees for childcare provision depending on the type of social welfare benefit that the parent/s are in receipt of. Participating services must agree to use grant funding received under the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) scheme to reduce the childcare fees charged to qualifying parents of children attending the service
TECS - Training and Employment Childcare Programs - The TECS programme is managed by the Department of Education and offers parents who are taking part in eligible ETB/Solas courses to potentially qualify for this program should they meet the neccesary conditions.
There are about 2,800 places in total available under the programme. These are divided between parents who take part in ETB/Solas courses, with full-time, part-time and afterschool places available.
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