- In our service you can apply for the NCS should you wish to avail of the the extended hours in our service. 3 free ECCE hours will be provided, for those eligible, any additional hours will be private paid and discounted through the NCS if granted.
- Children of preschool age that are just outside the ECCE eligibility can avail of a private paid place if they meet the admission criteria. Any session chosen can be discounted through the NCS if granted.
What is the National Childcare Scheme?
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) helps Parents/Guardians to meet childcare costs.
The scheme provides 2 types of childcare subsidy for children aged over 6 months (24 weels) and up to 15 (children aged 15 do not qualify):
- A universal subsidy which is not means tested. The universal subsidy was extended to children aged up to 15 on 29 August 2022.
- An income-assessed subsidy which is means tested.
You cannot get the Universal Subsidy and an income-assessed subsidy at the same time. However, you can choose which subsidy is of greatest benefit to you.
You must apply for a subsidy, but it is paid directly to your childcare provider. Your provider then will subtract your subsidy from your childcare bill.You must give your provider your CHICK number, generated via your online NCS application, for your fees to be discounted accordingly.
You can apply online at ncs.gov.ie or call the National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre. Call (01) 906 8530 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).