Message from the Minister, Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D. 

Welcome to the National Childcare Scheme website!

The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. 

It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare.   
It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15.   
It  also provides an innovative and user-friendly online application process to access those subsidies.  

Through all of the above, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children's outcomes, support lifelong learning, make work pay, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland. 

Without the National Childcare Scheme, we simply cannot move forward with delivering the quality, accessible, affordable childcare that Ireland needs and deserves.   The Scheme provides a flexible, future-focused and sustainable platform to invest in quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare.  It is our commitment to children.  It is our investment in families. 

Read on to find out more about your National Childcare Scheme!

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The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is now open!!!

Please call 01-9068530

Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

If you have a specific query please email us at NCS@dcya.gov.ie