National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

Higgys is a registered provider of the National Childcare Scheme.

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) provides financial support to help with your childcare costs.

There are two types of childcare subsidy for children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years of age:

  • universal subsidy which is not means tested. This is an hourly subsidy rate of €1.40 per hour. All children are entitled to this subsidy.
  • An income-assessed subsidy which is means tested

You can apply online for the subsidy here using your MyGovID.
See the Application Guide for assistance on how to apply.

To make a paper application, please contact the NCS Parent Support Centre on 01 906 8530.
The Parent Support Centre will then send you an application form by post.

Once you have applied and received your child’s CHICK code share it with us and we will register your child at Higgys and claim their subsidy on your behalf. The subsidy will appear on your invoice as NCS hours and  the weekly amount deducted from your fees.