Childcare Schemes

At Donna's Montessori, we are delighted to offer the following schemes to children and families meeting the necessary eligibility criteria.  Since September, 2017 we have offered the Affordable Childcare Scheme which offers a reduction in childcare costs to all children under 36 months.   Contact us or Cork County Childcare Committee for further information and to assess your eligibility.

The National Childcare Scheme

March 28, 2019

The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.  From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

Applications for the National Childcare Scheme are due to open in October 2019. To apply for the Scheme online you will need to have a verified MyGovID.

Your verified MyGovID is your single, secure account to unlock Irish Government services online. Click here to set up your verified MyGovID before you apply.

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme was introduced in January 2010.  Changes have recently come into effect broadening the scope of this scheme from September 2018.


Please see to check your child's eligibility or contact us and we will be happy to do so on your behalf.

The Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme & Universal (Affordable Childcare) Scheme

The Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP) Scheme provide access to reduced rate childcare for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes.

In addition, we offer access to the Universal Childcare Subvention Scheme / Affordable Childcare scheme which offers reduced rate childcare to all children under 36 months.  Full details are available on

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes



The Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.  The TEC Programme is made up of 3 strands:

  • The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)

  • The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)

  • The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

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