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National Childcare Scheme

Posted by Administrator on March 11, 2019

The new National Childcare Scheme for Ireland (NCS) is on its way. A new dedicated website for parents and providers was launched this afternoon. The website is being populated at the moment so keep checking back regularly.  The following press release is taken directly from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Monday 11th March 2019

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today announced the launch of the National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, accessible, affordable Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare in Ireland. Announcing the Scheme, Minister Zappone noted:

“In 2017 we began to build a radical new system of financial support towards the cost of childcare under the working title of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.  Today, with the scheme now in sight, we are launching it under its new name- the National Childcare Scheme.

The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. Through this entitlement, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children’s outcomes, support lifelong learning, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland.” 

The Minister also announced a national Communications Campaign for the Scheme to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the Scheme’s opening in October.  The campaign includes:

  • The launch of a new website- www.ncs.gov.ie
  • The publication of a range of information resources, including general information leaflets, detailed booklets and Frequently Asked Questions.  Further resources, such as online videos, ‘how to guides’ and a useful childcare subsidy calculator, will be added in the months ahead
  • A dedicated helpline from April onwards for parents who have queries in relation to the new Scheme
  • A nationwide training programme for providers, providing over 12,500 training places across 600 venues, with webinars and e-learning options also available (available to book via Eventbrite from today)
  • A media campaign in May encouraging parents to get a MyGovID verified account so that they can access the Scheme in the fastest, most user-friendly way
  • A major information campaign in September and October

Full press release can be found here


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