National Childcare Scheme 2019


The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. 

It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare.   
It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15.   
It  also provides an innovative and user-friendly online application process to access those subsidies.  

Through all of the above, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children's outcomes, support lifelong learning, make work pay, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland. 

More Information is available on The National Childcare Scheme website


 Training available for Childcare Providers (Preschools, Afterschools, Childminders etc)

South Dublin CCC has arranged a number of information sessions for Childcare Providers in the month of April to help be informed about the new schemes introduction. These sessions will provide you with an overview of the new scheme, including how the scheme will work for providers and parents, changes to existing processes and provide some early compliance and rules of the scheme.

Early learning and care providers can book a place(s) through the below Eventbrite link where a total 10 sessions have been scheduled. Attendance of one session is only necessary. One place is available per private service and two are available per community service. Please book early to secure your desired date.



You will need to enter your DCYA reference number when booking a place. If you do not have a DCYA number, please enter the following:

New or Potential Childcare Provider: Newuser1
Childminder: Newuser1-Childminder


If you need any assistance with booking your place, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 457 0122, or emailing


You can download the information booklets on the National Childcare Scheme for Parents and Childcare Providers below.

There are versions in English and Irish


The National Childcare Scheme Parents Information - English Version

The National Childcare Scheme Parents Information - Irish Version


Childcare Providers

  The National Childcare Scheme Providers Information - English Version

The National Childcare Scheme Providers Information - Irish Version