National Childcare Scheme

What is the National Childcare Scheme?

The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From 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.

Supports are 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.

If you are a parent looking for more information on the National Childcare Scheme, click on the link below:

NCS Parents

How to Apply
Applications for the National Childcare Scheme are due to open in October 2019. To apply for the Scheme online, you will need to have a verified MyGovID.  Your verified MyGovID is your single, secure account to unlock Irish Government Services online. 

Click on the link below to set up your verified MyGovID before you apply:

My Goverment ID

Information for Early Childcare Services
If you are an Early Childcare Service provider looking for more information on the NCS, click on the link below:

NCS Parents

The National Childcare Scheme – Parent Support Centre is open;
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The contact number is: (01) 906 8530