The National Childcare Scheme is an entitlement to financial support for childcare. The system is equitable and a progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15. Since November 2019, this replaces all previous targeted childcare programmes. This is a user friendly, online application process by each family where they can gain access the subsidies.
There will be 2 subsidies available under the National Childcare Scheme:
1. Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under 3 years old. This subsidy is not means tested.
2. Income Assessed Subsidies. This subsidy is means tested and will be calculated based on your individual circumstances. Your rate will vary depending on your level of family income, your child’s age and educational stage, and the number of children in your family