NCS – National Childcare Scheme

What is the National Childcare Scheme?

The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to accessible, affordable, quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare.

The Scheme opened to online applications on November 20th, 2019.  It replaced all previous targeted programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme.

The National Childcare Scheme allows parents to access quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare at a more affordable price.  Parents apply directly to the Scheme for financial support, meaning providers will no longer need to manage parental paperwork in order to apply for subsidies.

The Scheme operates under a single system that ensures streamlined administration for providers and establish a sustainable basis for State investment in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare over the next decade.

Access the National Childcare Scheme Providers portal here

Download Providers handbook (English)

Download Providers handbook (Irish)

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