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Provider information packs have now issued in the post. If you require further materials for your service or haven't received yours please contact NCS@dcya.gov.ie and we will be happy to post out asap.PDF versions are available to download and print under the resources page.
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 will open in October 2019. It will replace all previous targeted programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme.
The introduction of the National Childcare Scheme will allow parents to access quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare at a more affordable price. Parents will 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 will operate under a single system that will ensure 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.
Transition Support Payment
A Transitional Support Payment will be available to services who enter into contract for the National Childcare Scheme.
The payment will support Early Learning and Care and School Aged Childcare Services to meet the administrative requirements associated with transitioning to a new Scheme. It includes supporting Services for the time spent familiarising themselves with the new National Childcare Scheme, ensuring that they will be able to meet and comply with all requirements. All services who enter into contract for the Scheme will be eligible to apply for the payment. The closing date for applications is 3 p.m. on September 13th 2019.
Scheme Contracts and Explanatory Notes
To allow Service Providers to sign up for the National Childcare Scheme in advance of the commencement of the Scheme, the contracts will be available on PIP for activation until the Scheme commencement in October 2019 (after which all contracting and related activities will take place on the new Early Years Platform).
The Childcare Support Act 2018 (Payment of Financial Support) Regulations, which have not yet been signed by the Minister, are referred to in the National Childcare Scheme contract and the Explanatory Guide. These regulations are now being published in DRAFT form so that childcare providers can be fully informed of the terms and conditions of the new Scheme before signing up.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., has announced that capital funding will be available to service providers who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme. The funding will allow service providers to purchase ICT hardware and software support.
Applications for capital funding are set to open in June.
Getting Ready for the National Childcare Scheme
Over 600 training sessions will be held nationwide throughout the year providing further information on the Scheme. A full suite of training and information materials will also be available to access online, including all of the information covered in the sessions. Training will be delivered in two phases:
Phase 1 Training Sessions: How the Scheme works. These sessions covered the rules of the Scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for service providers who choose to participate. They started on the 25th March 2019 and were completed in May 2019.
The Phase 1 Training materials will be published on the website shortly.
Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the system. These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process. They will start on 26th August 2019 and will run until the 25th of October 2019.
All sessions, at all venues, will be open to providers, so you can choose a date and location which best suits your needs, subject to capacity.
Details for Phase 2 Training Sessions will be published soon.
You can also contact your local City or County Childcare Committee for more information on future sessions.