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What is the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

What is the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)?

The NCS provides financial support to help families with their early learning and childcare costs.

There are two types of subsidies available for children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years of age:

  • A universal subsidy which is not means tested and provides €1.40 per hour for a maximum of 45 hours per week;
  • An income-assessed subsidy which is means tested and will be calculated based on your family’s individual circumstances. Rates will vary depending on your level of family income, your child’s age and educational stage, and the number of children in your family.

You should apply for whichever subsidy is of the greatest benefit to you and your family. A subsidy calculator is available here which will help you estimate how much you may be eligible for before you apply.

How do I apply for the NCS?

You can apply online for the subsidy here using a verified MyGovID. 

Alternatively, you can contact the Parent Support Centre on 01 906 8530 to request a postal application. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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