Funding Schemes

The Government under The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) has introduced the following childcare funding Programmes:

  • Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)
  • National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

ECCE Information 2021/2022

The Free Pre-school Year in the Early Childhood Care & Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to up to 2 years free preschool education before they start primary school.

For eligibility information please see the Eligibility for ECCE

For further details see The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Here is a list of childcare providers in Kerry participating in the ECCE scheme. If you require further information contact Pamela Curran on 066 7181582/

National Childcare Scheme

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

Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under 3 years old. They are also available to families with children over 3 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 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 NCS Training Team have developed a series of video resources for parents/applicants and these may be of help for the application process and can also be viewed on the National Childcare Scheme’s YouTube channel Here

For more information please click here