Nearly 3,700 children in County Laois receive childcare subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme

But many are missing out on the scheme which can cut thousands off childcare bills

Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D. is today calling on all parents in County Laois using Tusla-registered childcare services to make sure they are getting their full entitlement to subsidies, which could cut thousands of euros off their childcare bills each year. 3,708 children in County Laois received subsidies towards the cost of their childcare under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) in 2023, with more than €7.5 million paid to early learning and childcare providers in County Laois to reduce parents’ fees.

Minister O’Gorman said:

“With the Easter holidays approaching, many families will be looking for further childcare

cover.  While thousands of parents are receiving subsidies, many will be unaware they can use their subsidy for more hours than usual during mid-term and holidays, or even to cover one-off camps.

“There are almost 4,000 providers across the country eligible to receive your subsidy.

“I would strongly encourage all parents or guardians to talk their provider about their subsidies and extra hours over the holiday period if needed.

“Parents who want to explore using a childcare provider for the first time can talk to their local county childcare Committee.”

Currently, the minimum hourly subsidy is €1.40 an hour and it will be increasing to €2.14 in September.  This will mean families using full time care (45 hours a week) will receive a minimum of €5,000 euro a year off their bill per child. Many Families can receive an Income Assessed ward, which is based on household income, which can be as high €12,000 per year for chose using full-time care.  Families who would like to know if their childcare provider is registered for the NCS can access the Childcare Search Service on the NCS website, at, where they can also see the providers’ fees list. Families will also find information on how to apply for the NCS.

Families who want some more support in how to apply can contact the Laois County Childcare Committee. Childcare Committees are a local government funded support designed to help families access childcare supports.

Muriel Dempsey from Laois County Childcare Committee, said:

“Feedback from Laois parents to their County Childcare Committee is that they are delighted with the NCS scheme, its flexibility and its improved subsidies since its inception. This has afforded parents more opportunities to take up employment, extend hours of work etc due to the increased childcare fee support and the flexibility around the scheme. ”

Laois County Childcare Committee encourages all parents to apply for NCS and they can support parents with information or making their application if needed. In addition, parents can be supported with other DCEDIY programmes such as ECCE, AIM, First 5 or other key parent initiatives at a local level by contacting 057 8661029/087 9279211 or” “The Scheme Administrator, Pobal, also run a helpline to provide support and guidance to parents in relation to the NCS. The Parent Support Centre can be contacted on 01 906 8530 – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.”

Also for families from County Laois planning a trip to Dublin, the team from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability Integration and Youth as well as County Childcare Committee members from across the country will be at the Pregnancy & Baby Fair in the RDS on the 23 to 24 March to speak to parents and expectant parents about childcare so if you’re planning a visit, be sure to stop by stall G9.


Download press release here: DCEDIY Press Release March 2024

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