• All our Volunteers!,
  • To members who held coffee mornings over the summer,
  • Askeaton Touring Club for their fantastic efforts and large donation to us,
  • All those who have helped (and are still helping) with Church Gate Collections,
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland),
  • Tour De Munster Cyclists,
  • Treaty City Brewing,
  • Patrickswell National School,
  • GECAS,
  • SD WORX,
  • Retro Ventures Adare,
  • Door Fix,
  • Rathkeale Ceile,
  • Castletroy College Pizza Day ,
  • Castletroy Transition Students Volunteers,
  • Askeaton Scouts,
  • Mayor of Limerick Ball,
  • Garda Recruits Templemore,
  • Wyeth ,
  • Askeaton Touring Club Cycle,
  • Our own Mike Bourke on his retirement,
  • All those who held a HB Ice Cream Day,
  • Carey’s Hardware Store Newport,
  • Northern Trust Volunteer Day,
  • To all those who participated in our Summer Camps & made them a great success.

Childcare Entitlements for DSL

Since August 2017 a new universal childcare subsidy is available to children in Tusla registered childcare who are above the age of 6 months but below the age when they can start the free Early Childcare & Education (ECCE) Scheme. The subsidy is deducted from the overall bill you receive from your childcare service. This subsidy is Not means tested. You can apply through your childcare provider, if they are offering the universal childcare subsidy. You will need to provide them with your child’s Personal Public Services number, your child’s date of birth and your own Personal Public Services number. To find childcare providers in your area that offer the Universal Subsidy contact Limerick Childcare Committee 061-600918; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Session Type Weekly Subsidy
Full time (5 hours or more) €20
Part-time (3:31 – 5 hours) €10
Sessional (2:16 – 3:30 hours) €07
Half-sessional (one to 2:15 hours) €03.50


Check if you Qualify for

The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCSP) allows disadvantaged parents to avail of childcare at reduced rates. The subvention is available to children attending a childcare provider registered with Tusla. The childcare provider may offer the following:

Session Type
Full time (5 hours or more)
Part-time (3:31 – 5 hours)
Sessional (2:16 – 3:30 hours)
Half-sessional (one to 2:15 hours)

*You cannot get the Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme and a Community Childcare Subvention fee reduction at the same time but you can decide which scheme would be of greater benefit to you.

Rules for CCSP are

If you are a parent/guardian and you

  • Have a medical card or GP visit card
  • Have a low income
  • Are in school
  • Are in further education
  • Are job training
  • Are getting a social welfare payment e.g. Domiciliary Care Allowance

There are different rates of subvention:

Band A Weekly fee of €145 for full time service. €80 for part time service. €45 for a sessional service & €22.50 for shorter hours service

Parents who have a medical card and are in receipt of

Most social welfare payments or

Certain employment schemes

Band AJ Fee reduction of €80 for full time service. €45 for sessional service. €22.50 for shorter hours service.

Parents who have a medical card and are in receipt of

Jobseekers Benefit or

Jobseekers Allowance or

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Band B Fee reduction of €70 for full time service. €35 for a part time service. €12.50 for a shorter hours service.

Parents who have a

Medical card but don’t have a payment listed in Band A or AJ or

Parents who have a payment listed in Band A or AJ but don’t have a medical card.

Band D Fee reduction of €50 for a full time service.   €25 for a part time service. €17 for a sessional service. €8.50 for a shorter hours service.

Parents who have a GP visit card where a child is 6 years of age or older or

No longer qualify for Band A or AJ this year but who were verified as being on Band A or AJ at the end of the previous school year.

You can apply for the CCS programme through your childcare provider by filling in the CCS Child Registered form. You will need to provide your Personal Public Services (PPS) number and your child’s PPS number. You will also need to provide proof of receipt of a social welfare payment; either a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) or by getting an automated statement from the DEASP website.

To find childcare providers in your area that offer the CCS programme contact Limerick Childcare Committee 061-600918; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From September 2018 children can attend 2 Years of FREE Pre-school Education (Early Childhood Care and Education – ECCE)

Child Born In Eligible for 2 years ECCE from
2015 September 2018
2016 September 2019
2017 September 2020
2018 September 2021

*A child born in 2014 can attend a second year from this September (2018)

Ensure you ask your pre-school about the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). This scheme supports children with additional needs to participate in the ECCE programme. Go to www.aim.gov.ie for more details or contact Limerick Childcare Committee on 061- 600918/email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GET READY FOR SEPTEMBER

Your household may qualify for the Back To School Clothing & Footwear Allowance if you are

  • Getting A Social Welfare Payment (including the Working Family Payment and Work Family Dividend or
  • A HSE payment or
  • Taking part in an approved employment scheme or
  • Taking part in a recognised training or education course or
  • Involved in an area partnership programme or
  • Attending a FET or Failte Ireland training course

Your child must be aged between 4-17 on or before September 30 this year and if they are between 18-22 years they must be returning to full time secondary education in a recognised school or college in the Autumn of 2018

Speech and Language Tips

Involve your child in food preparation, such as making a sandwich, to encourage recall and sequence. Ask your child to get some of the items needed and talk through the steps. You could take a few photos to recall the sequence and review what happened.

Chairperson Message

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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