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Phase 2 Training Sessions are now live on Eventbrite. Scroll down to browse sessions by region and choose a time, date and location that suits you. 

If you are interested in the National Childcare Scheme and would like to learn more please contact your local City or County Childcare Committee who will be happy to provide more information and training. 

If you require information materials for your service or haven't received a pack, please contact ncs@dcya.gov.ie and we will be happy to post out to you. 

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 to online applications on November 20th 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.

Read more about the National Childcare Scheme for Providers here.

Read the Provider Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

NCS Transition Support Payment 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 October 2019 (after which all contracting and related activities will take place on the new Early Years Platform).  

National Childcare Scheme Contract

National Childcare Contract Scheme Explanatory Notes

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.

Payment of Financial Support DRAFT

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 hardware and software support.  

Read the Minister's announcement in full.

Please be advised that the closing date for online applications to the National Childcare Scheme Capital Grant has been extended to Friday 1st November. All applications must be submitted via the PIP Portal.
Further information on the NCS Capital Grant can be found at

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 sessions are facilitated by local City and County Childcare Committees and 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 are available to view here.

If you have any further questions regarding Phase 1 Training please contact your local City or County Childcare Committee directly or email ncs@dcya.gov.ie

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the system. These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme‚Äôs IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process. They will start on 19th of August 2019 and will run until October 2019.    

Book your Phase 2 Training Session now! 

Browse events by region below and choose a date and location which best suits your needs. All sessions, at all venues, are open to providers. Bookings can be made directly via the Eventbrite page, subject to capacity. Further sessions will be added subject to demand. 

If you have any questions or queries regarding Phase 2 Training please contact your local City or County Childcare Committee directly

Carlow     Limerick
Cavan     Longford
Clare     Louth
Cork City     Mayo
Cork County     Meath
Donegal     Monaghan
Dublin City     Offaly
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown                    Roscommon
Fingal     Sligo
Galway     South Dublin
Kerry     Tipperary
Kildare     Waterford
Kilkenny     Westmeath
Laois     Wexford
Leitrim     Wicklow

 For general queries you can email ncs@dcya.gov.ie or contact Pobal on (01) 511 7222 or onlinesupport@pobal.ie