National Childcare Funding Programmes


The National Childcare Scheme

This scheme is now open for Parents to apply:

The National Childcare Scheme – Parent Support Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

The contact number is: (01) 906 8530

Please click below to view the NCS policy guidelines:



An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr.Katherine Zappone launched the National Childcare Scheme on Monday 11th March 2019.  Here is a link to the press release


Transitional Rules for DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes 2019/2020:


 Free Pre-school (ECCE) Scheme Calculator

 Please click on the link below (Click Media) for eligibility dates for the Free Pre-school (ECCE) scheme in line with the changes announced in the 2016 Budget:

Please click here to view eligibility table:

DCYA ECCE Rules for 2019/2020:

Lists of services in National Childcare Funding Programmes in Clare

Please contact Clare County Childcare Committee offices for lists of childcare services in each of the three schemes as detailed below. Tel: 065 6864862 / E-mail:


Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Please go the the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for more details on each of the schemes in the National Childcare Funding Programme: 

For more information on Personal Public Service Numbers which are required when applying for the above childcare funding schemes - please click here to link to the website of the Department of Social Protection.