National Childcare Scheme & ECCE (Free Preschool)

National Childcare Scheme

For more information on this scheme and how to apply, please go to:

The Parent Support Centre for the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The contact number is: (01) 906 8530

NCS Sponsors: Dedicated Phone Line/Email Address. The NCS Sponsors Team can be contacted Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm by phone at 01 906 8535 or by email at

Please note that the NCS Sponsors Team can only support on Sponsor-related queries. 

The Early Years Provider Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am - 6.00pm.

The contact number is: (01) 5117222 or email:  

Free Preschool (ECCE) Scheme - Eligibility Calendar

Please click on the link below (Click Media) for eligibility dates for the Free Pre-school (ECCE) scheme: