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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.  It is due to launch in October 2019, replacing all previous targeted programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme, and enabling some families become eligible for subsidies for the first time.

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.

To read more about the National Childcare Scheme click here

Capital Grants

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 support which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance. 

Read the Minister's announcement in full.

Applications for capital funding are set to open in June.  Detailed guidelines on the application process are now available.

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 will cover the rules of the Scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for service providers who choose to participate. They will start on the 25th March 2019 and will run until June 2019.

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, are open to providers, so you can choose a date and location which best suits your needs, subject to capacity. You can also contact your local City or County Childcare Committee for more information on upcoming sessions. 

If you would like to register for a training session and do not currently have a DCYA reference number please contact your local City or County Childcare Committee directly or email ncs@dcya.gov.ie

More locations, dates and times are added regularly. You can browse sessions by region, as listed below, and book via the linked Eventbrite page. 

Cork CityKilkennyRoscommon
Cork CountyLaoisSligo
Dublin CityLeitrimTipperary
Dublin (South)LimerickWaterford
Dun Laoghaire RathdownLongfordWestmeath