I have a child under 3 years old

If your child is aged between 24 weeks and 36 months* and is enrolled in Tusla-registered childcare, you are eligible for a non means-tested universal childcare subsidy of up to €20 per week. That amounts to up to €1,040 per year.

*Your child may continue to receive the universal subsidy until they commence their ECCE (free pre school year). In some cases, this will be slightly older than 36 months.

If your child is under 6 months old, you may qualify for a means-tested childcare subsidy of up to €145 per week. To see if you qualify for this childcare support click here.

CCS Session TypeUniversal Band (CCS Band U) (Weekly Subsidy)
Full-time (i.e. 5.01 or more hours)€20
Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours)€10
Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours)€7
Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.15 hours)€3.50

Children must be enrolled in TUSLA registered childcare services in order to avail of the universal subsidy. To see a list of TUSLA registered childcare providers please click here.


How do I apply for the Universal Subsidy?

1. Speak to your childcare provider to check if they are offering the subsidy.

2. For the universal payment of up to €20 per week provide only the name, PPSNs and date of birth of the parent and child to the provider.

3. The subsidy will be paid directly to your childcare provider and will be deducted from the cost of your childcare.

To qualify for enhanced targeted subsidies you will need to provide proof of eligibility, click here to find out more.

If you have any questions please contact your local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC).

For a list of CCC’s please click here.