The National Childcare Scheme is the pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.


From 20th November 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Online applications for the National Childcare Scheme will open from 20th November 2019, with the first subsidy payments flowing to providers from November 25th 2019.  A paper based, postal application will be available from January 2020.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder. 

What Must A Parent Do?

From October 2019 it will be a  Parents / Guardians responsibility to apply for the subsidy for their child.   There are some steps that you can take now to be prepared.

1.  Apply for your verified MyGovID.  Your verified MyGovID is your single account that gives you safe, secure, online           access to a range of Irish Government services.

2.  Familiarise yourself with the process of registering your child so that you will have all information to hand with the         scheme launches in October.   The information needed to guide you through the process of registering your child         can be found on the National Childcare Scheme Website by clicking here.  This site contains the most up to date           information on the scheme along with some frequently asked questions and useful resources.

3.  If you have any concerns or queries or require any assistance with your registration the National Childcare Scheme       Parent Support Centre is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  You can contact them on 01 9068530 or                   by Email

     You can also contact your Development Worker at Cork County Childcare Committee.