The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has today welcomed the response to the National Childcare Scheme.
Since the Scheme launched on Wednesday 20 November, 15,859 applications have been received for 24,133 children. To date, the parents of 20,749 children have been informed of what they are entitled to and many of them have accessed these subsidies.
Speaking of the applications received and awards made, Minister Zappone stated:
Using a verified MyGovID account, families can apply directly for subsidies at ncs.gov.ie. Subsidies can then be used with any participating, Tusla registered early learning and care and school aged childcare service, including Tusla registered childminders. The Scheme’s purpose-built IT system aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.
On the application process, Minister Zappone noted:
Further information and resources for parents are available at ncs.gov.ie.