DCYA Press Release - National Childcare Scheme



DCYA Press Release - National Childcare Scheme

Monday 11th March 2019


  •  Minister launches the National Childcare Scheme for Ireland
  •  Communications Campaign commences- with new website, information resources for parents and providers, over 12,500 training places for childcare providers and major media campaigns
  •  Additional Transition Support Payment announced for childcare providers 


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. 

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 

An overview of the timeline of key events taking place between March and October 2019 will be available on the new website- www.ncs.gov.ie.   

The Minister was joined at the launch by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D.


Click here to read full press release.

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