The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme is implemented by my Department and provides funding to community child-care services to enable them to provide child care at reduced rates to disadvantaged and low income families. Under the CCS community services are required to make an annual return to the Childcare Directorate in my Department indicating the actual level of disadvantage among parents using their service and the level of service being used.
Parental returns are submitted by participating child-care services in the autumn of each year following the commencement of the school year. When the information submitted is verified the total subvention figure for which the services qualifies is calculated and this is communicated to Pobal, who assist my Department in administering the programme. In regard to the service referred to by the Deputy, a total of €45,777 was initially approved for the school year 2012/2013 and I understand that this amount has been paid to the service by Pobal. A small number of outstanding applications for subvention support by parents enrolled in this service are presently being determined and the service will be advised of the outcome of this process later this month.
A similar procedure will apply for child-care services participating in the CCS programme in the school year commencing in September 2013.