Ireland’s National Childcare Scheme has been launched today which includes a Communications Campaign with a new website, information resources for parents and providers, over 12,500 training places for childcare providers and major media campaigns. An additional Transition Support Payment has also been announced for childcare providers.
The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. Through this entitlement, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children’s outcomes, support lifelong learning, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland.
The Minister also announced a national Communications Campaign for the Scheme to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the Scheme’s opening in October.
The campaign includes:
• The launch of a new website- www.ncs.gov.ie
• The publication of a range of information resources, including general information leaflets, detailed booklets and Frequently Asked Questions. Further resources, such as online videos, ‘how to guides’ and a useful childcare subsidy calculator, will be added in the months ahead
• A dedicated helpline from April onwards for parents who have queries in relation to the new Scheme
• A nationwide training programme for providers, providing over 12,500 training places across 600 venues, with webinars and e-learning options also available
• A media campaign in May encouraging parents to get a MyGovID verified account so that they can access the Scheme in the fastest, most user-friendly way
• A major information campaign in September and October
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