I am a Parent
What is the National Childcare Scheme?
The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.
The Scheme will open to online applications on November 20th 2019. It will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.
Online applications for the National Childcare Scheme will open in November 2019, with the first subsidy payments flowing to providers from November 25th 2019. A paper based, postal application will be available from January 2020.
Subsidies will be available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.
There are two types of subsidies:
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.
How to Apply
Online applications for the National Childcare Scheme will open on November 20th 2019.
To apply for the Scheme online you will need to have a verified MyGovID.
The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Call 01 9068530
Email us at email@example.com