The NCS provides financial support to help you with your childcare costs. There are two types of childcare subsidy for children over 6 months of age – a universal subsidy for children under age 3 and an income assessed subsidy for children up to age 15.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) programme is a universal two-year pre-school programme available to all children within the eligible age range. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June each year. For more information, please follow this link https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/downloads/
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) aspires to help all children, regardless of ability to access quality early learning and care through the ECCE programme and to create a more inclusive culture in pre-schools.
Children and pre-school staff benefit from AIM through universal supports for the early learning and care setting (ELC), and targeted supports for individual children.
Tusla is the statutory agency responsible for the registration and inspection of childminders, early learning and care (ELC) and school age childcare (SAC) services who fall within Early Years and School Age Childcare regulations.
For information and resources on Change in Circumstances applications, notifiable incidents, Feedback and Concern, the register of Early Years services and published inspection reports, the Quality & Regulatory Framework (QRF), the QRF eLearning programme, the inspectorate’s Questions and Answer document, webinars and various other guidance documents and publications, please follow this link for ELC services https://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/early-years-providers/
The steps and details of relevant agencies that will assist you in making informed decisions when setting up an Early Learning and Care (ELC) / School Age Childcare (SAC) service can be found at the link below. CCLPL is available to provide support in the setting up process and go through the necessary steps in opening an Early Learning Care (ELC) / School Age Childcare (SAC) Service. Phone 051 295045 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.
The Children First Act 2015 places obligations on organisations which provide services to children and young people to be alert to the possibility that children with whom they are in contact with may be suffering from abuse or neglect. Tusla the Child and Family Agency has a primary responsibility to promote the safety and well-being of children. An Garda Síochána also have statutory responsibilities for the safety and welfare of children. For information on reporting a concern please follow this link https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/report-a-concern/
First 5 is a whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families. It is a ten-year plan to help make sure all children have positive early experiences and get a great start in life. Please follow this link for more information www.first5.gov.ie
The website has a Preschool at Home Hub which provides a range of activities to support and encourage children’s interests and aims to keep them playing and learning at home. For more information, please follow this link https://first5.gov.ie/parents/pre-school-at-home
Better Start promotes quality and inclusion in Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings for children from birth to six years of age in Ireland. For information about the training and mentoring supports available to ELC services please follow this link https://www.betterstart.ie/for-elc/
Pobal administer the NCS and ECCE programme on behalf of the Department of Children Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth (DCEDIY) through the Early Years Hive Portalhttps://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/
Service providers can contact the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) by logging a ‘Request’ on the Early Years Hive or by emailing [email protected]. The EYPC is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Department of Children Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth (DCEDIY)
Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, all staff working directly with children in a pre-school service must hold at least a Level 5 major award in childcare on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or equivalent as deemed by DCEDIY.