National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme 

The National Childcare Scheme 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. 

National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is now open for your queries  Ph. 01 906 8530 (Open Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm)

More Information is available on The National Childcare Scheme website

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)






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