National Childcare Scheme 2019

Parent Support Centre is now open - Phone (01) 906 8530 - Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

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

If you need to check if your Childcare Provider is registered with Tusla (a requirement for the NCS Scheme) then you check the list of  Dublin Tusla Registered Childcare Providers


The new National Childcare Scheme Newsletter is now available to download. The National Childcare Scheme team will be updating the newsletter on a regular basis with the latest news so we hope you find it informative and interesting.

The following topics are featured in this edition.

  • Applying for the Scheme
  • Supports for Parents
  • Continuity of Current Subsidies


How To Guides and Video Tutorial for National Childcare Scheme


Pobal have produced a number of you tube videos to help both Parents and Early Years Services with navigating the National Childcare Scheme, please see list below


Applicants Playlist : (For Parents)


Service Providers Playlist: (For Early Years Services)


NCS Returns Webinar Recording Registration Link:  (For Early Years Services)


NCS Funding Webinar Recording Registration Link: (For Early Years Services)


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

Presentation for parents about the National Childcare Scheme (PDF Format)

National Childcare Scheme Timeline for 2019

My Gov ID Leaflet how to apply for NCS Scheme 2019


Childcare Providers

The National Childcare Scheme Providers Information - English Version

The National Childcare Scheme Providers Information - Irish Version