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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

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. 

Carlow

Cavan

Clare

Cork City

Cork County

Dublin City

Dublin (South)

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Donegal

Fingal

Galway

Kerry

Kildare

Kilkenny

Laois

Leitrim

Limerick

Longford

Louth

Mayo

Meath

Monaghan

Offaly

Roscommon

Sligo

Tipperary

Waterford

Westmeath

Wexford

Wicklow