What is the National Childcare Scheme?


The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to accessible, affordable, quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare.  It is due to launch in October 2019, replacing all previous targeted programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme, and enabling some families become eligible for subsidies for the first time.

The introduction of the National Childcare Scheme will allow parents to access quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare at a more affordable price.  Parents will apply directly to the Scheme for financial support, meaning providers will no longer need to manage parental paperwork in order to apply for subsidies. The Scheme will operate under a single system that will ensure streamlined administration for providers and establish a sustainable basis for State investment in Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare over the next decade.

Getting Ready for the National Childcare Scheme

Over 600 training sessions will be held nationwide throughout the year providing further information on the Scheme. A full suite of training and information materials will also be available to access online, including all of the information covered in the sessions. Training will be delivered in two phases:

Phase 1 Training Sessions: How the Scheme works. These sessions will cover the rules of the Scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for service providers who choose to participate.

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the system. These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process. They will start on 26th August 2019 and will run until the 25th of October 2019.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PHASE 2 – If you would like to register please book through eventbrite by clicking on this link https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/laois-county-childcare-committee-19770004032

All sessions are open to all Early Years Service providers in Laois so you can choose a date which best suits your needs, subject to capacity.


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