New NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME

From October 2019 the National Childcare Scheme will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.  Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including Little Rainbows (Donaghmede & Sutton).

There are two types of subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme:

Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under three years old. They are also available to families with children over three years who have not yet qualified for the free preschool programme (ECCE). This subsidy is not means tested and provides 50c per hour towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.  

Income Assessed Subsidies are available to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years. 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. The subsidy can be used towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours if you are working, studying or training, or in circumstances where you are unavailable for childcare, and a maximum of 15 hours if you are not working, studying or training. 

For more information, please refer to www.ncs.gov.ie

 

How to Apply

Applications for the National Childcare Scheme are due to open in October 2019. To apply for the Scheme online you will need to have a verified MyGovID.

Your verified MyGovID is your single, secure account to unlock Irish Government services online. Click here to set up your verified MyGovID before you apply.

 

 

 

 

AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE SCHEME

 

The Affodable Childcare Scheme will accept registrations for the 2019/2020 school year up to 6pm, 11 October 2019 

On 26 May 2017, the Government launched the More Affordable Childcare Scheme to help families with payments for creche fees (CSSU, CSSP & TEC) and after-school care (CETS & ASCC only). The new scheme (CSSU) started on 28 August 2017.  Payments will be made directly to childcare providers, not parents. Typically subsidies will be paid for children between 6 months and admission into the ECCE Scheme. The total subsidy paid under the CSSU Scheme is €1,040 over 52 weeks.

 

 

For further information, please consult, www.affordablechildcare.ie/

....in simple steps the scheme operates as follows:

1. Identify which Band best suits your circumstances...... 

 Affordable Childcare Scheme

  2. The following subsidy will be deducted from your childcare fee.....

Band Rates

 

 

For the school year 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, Little Rainbows will provide the ECCE,

CSSU and CSSP Schemes only.

 

 

Early Childhood Care and Education

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years and not older than 5 and a half years.

The pattern of hours of free pre-school education depends on the hours and days your child attends: 

Sessional Service: the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over the school year (38 weeks). If your child attends for more than 3 hours, you will be charged for the extra time.

Daycare services: If your child attends full-time or part-time, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over the school year (38 weeks).  If your child attends for longer than this each day, you will be charged for the extra time. You will also be charged for the extra number of weeks attended (maximum of 52 weeks).  

For the 2017/2018 school year, the level of subvention will be €64.50 over 38 weeks or €49 over 50 weeks

(Overall Total is €2,451 per school year). 

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