Budget 2017 announced the National Childcare Scheme
(NCS) as means to provide financial support for parents towards the cost
This new Scheme will replace the existing targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and more user-friendly scheme and will include “wraparound‟ care for pre-school and school-age children. Once launched, this scheme will:
- improve outcomes for children,
- reduce poverty,
- facilitate labour activation and,
- tangibly reduce the cost of childcare for tens of thousands of families.
the meantime supports are available to make childcare more affordable for your
The families of 80,000+ children are currently receiving supports, including universal supports of up to €1,040 for children under 3 and up to €145 per week for children aged up to 15 in families that need it most.
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