These programmes provide financial support to parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The programmes are:


This is for children of parents on the local education and training boards.

​ECCE (Free Preschool Year)

The Early Childhood and Education programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning before they start primary school.

The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year. The ECCE term runs from September to June each year. If your child avails of full days or long hours within Absolute Angels then the subsidy received from the government for the 38 week ECCE scheme will be deducted from their fees during term time (September and June).

Children are eligible for two full programme years of ECCE. Children must be at least 2 years and 8 months of age by August 31st of the year of entry to the programme.

Please click the button below to use the ECCE calculator to see if your child is eligible.

CCSP (Community  Childcare Subvention Private)

For parents who are on low income, in school, job training, have a medical card or in receipt of a social welfare payment.

CCSU (Community  Childcare Subvention Universal)

Non means tested universal childcare subsidy. Children prior to being eligible for ECCE are able to apply for this scheme.

Affordable Childcare Scheme

From October 2019 the Affordable Childcare scheme will replace all existing government childcare support schemes (i.e. TEC, CCSP) with a single streamlined scheme.

If you are a parent/guardian who:

  • holds a medical card or GP visit card;
  • is on low income;
  • is in school;
  • in further education;
  • job training;
  • or in receipt of a social welfare payment

then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs.

For more information about the Affordable Childcare scheme, call our team today on +353-1-419 9999 or click on the button below:

National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme is a new scheme for Ireland and is also the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. 

This scheme establishes a asystem of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15. 

For more information about the National Childcare Scheme, call our team today on +353-1-419 9999 or click on the button below: