Cahereen Heights Childcare Facility has announced its participation in the new Community Childcare Subvention Programme 2016. This is a support scheme for community and private based, early childhood services. Its aim is to provide quality childcare at reduced rates to parents on low income or in receipt of social welfare payments.
The CCS Programme operates as part of the National Childcare Investment Programme and is administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
“We are delighted to announce we have just signed a contract for Community Childcare Subvention (Private) Scheme, which will subsidise childcare for certain low income parents. It will provide reduced weekly fees to certain parents,” said facility manager, Marguerite O’Sullivan.
Subvention Bands and Rates.
The table here outlines the weekly subvention rates for Bands A, AJ or B, based on the type of service the child is availing of.
Parents who qualify for Band AJ – with medical card – e.g. a parent in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB/JA) and with a medical card qualify for subvented childcare to a maximum of €50 subvention for full – care per week (Band AJ). This cap applies where a child attends from three full days to five full days per week. Parents in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance (JB/JA) and do not have a medical card qualify for subvented childcare under Band B.
No Band is automatically applied to those parents partaking in a Springboard course and/or a National Internship Programme (NIP/JobBridge), or in receipt of the ETB/SOLAS Training Allowance. The appropriate band will be decided on a case by case basis, based on the allowance received immediately prior to the course/programme/training.
Free Pre-School September 2016 – Children between the age of 3 – 5½ years will be able to benefit from up to 2½ years of pre – school free of charge at Cahereen Heights Childcare. The new rule will allow parents to put their children into pre – school in September, January or April after they turn 3. What Free/Subsidized Childcare is available to you?
Strand 1: Childcare Education and Training Supports.
This strand caters for FAS and VEC training course participants. The cost for full time childcare can be as little as €5. Places can be full time, part time, after – school only or after – school with pick up places.
Strand 2: After School Childcare Scheme (ASCC)
This strand is known as the After – school childcare scheme (ASCC) and is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This scheme provides after – school care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents.
To be eligible, a parent will meet criteria if: They are currently getting jobseekers benefit (JB) or jobseekers allowance (JA) or one parent family payment (OFP) or are on a DSP employment programme; and They have been in receipt of JB, JA or OFP or on a DSP employment programme – or any combination of the four for at least three months.
If: They have one or more children aged between four and 13 who are in primary school; Start a new job; or Increase the days they currently work; or Start a DSP employment programme – except CE.
Strand 3: Community Employment Childcare (CEC)
This strand caters for Community Employment (CE) participants and is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This strand provides part-time care/after school care for children up to the age of 13. DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the programme,
What’s New at Cahereen Heights Childcare
Gymboree: New Gymboree music classes started recently as part of our Montessori Programme. There is no extra cost to the parent, classes are fortnightly on Tuesdays.
Sign Language: Our Montessori and Toddler room children have now access to learning sign language every Wednesday morning for half an hour in each room. There is no extra cost to the parent.
Yoga: Our Montessori and After – School children participate in yoga classes twice weekly. There is no extra cost to the parent.
Open Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm. Caters from two months to 12 years.
Free settling in period. Sessional, Full day and Montessori. After – School club with transport from local schools. Supervised homework.
Nutritious hot meal and evening meal included. Flexible packages, competitive rates. Each child’s routine will be catered for. Teachers’ term-time specially catered for. There is also a 10% sibling discount.
For more information on Cahereen Heights Childcare Facility you can contact Marguerite on: 066 71 43100 or 085 83 47 715