The National Childcare Scheme opens in October 2019. It replaces all previous childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of childcare.
Universal and Income Assessed Subsidies will be available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service or Tusla registered childminder.
Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under three years old. They are also available to families with children over three years who have not yet qualified for the free preschool programme (ECCE). This subsidy is not means tested and provides 50c per hour towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Income Assessed Subsidies are available to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years. This subsidy is means tested and will be calculated based on your individual circumstances. Your rate will vary depending on your level of family income, your child’s age and educational stage, and the number of children in your family. The subsidy can be used towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours if you are working, studying or training, or in circumstances where you are unavailable for childcare, and a maximum of 15 hours if you are not working, studying or training.
To apply for the scheme in October you must have a verified MyGovID. Further information on how to get your verified account is available at www.mygovid.ie
NCS MyGovID leaflet for parents and providers (PDF)
Parent Support Centre
A dedicated National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is also open. Please call 01-9068530
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Specific queries can also be sent by email to NCS@dcya.gov.ie
For more information go to https://ncs.gov.ie/ or follow the National Childcare Scheme on Facebook