The National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
What is the National Childcare Scheme?
The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.
The Scheme will open in October 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.
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 in October 2019.
To apply for the Scheme online you will need to have a verified MyGovID.
TEC – Training and Employment Childcare Programmes
The purpose of the TEC programmes is to support parents returning to eligible education schemes or eligible parents returning to employment to access affordable subsidized childcare. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DYCA) will fund the majority of the place and the parent will pay the rest.
CETS ETB/ Solus:
The CETS Programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards.
CCS – Community Childcare Subvention:
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme operated by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) provides access to reduced rate childcare for parents in receipt of social welfare or low incomes.
After- School Childcare Programmes (ASCC):
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides after school care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment Programmes (not including Community Employment).
For more information www.dcya.gov.ie
Please note our places for the above schemes are limited.