Pre-school education and childcare

Overview Document Describes the different types of child care available including creches, childminders, pre-schools. Information about childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) is a new scheme that provides financial support to help parents to meet the costs of childcare.

Early Start Programme
Early Start is a programme designed to boost educational achievement among disadvantaged three- and four-year-old children.

Early childhood education
Information on childhood education, including the role of the Department of Education.

Regulation of pre-school childcare services
Pre-school childcare providers are regulated by law. Find out about the rules concerning play groups, day nurseries,crèches, childminders and other service providers.

Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme
The ECCE scheme provides up to 2 years of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age.

Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) programme
The CCSP programme supports disadvantaged parents and parents in training, education or low-paid employment to access childcare at reduced rates.

Regulation of school age childcare services
School age childcare providers are regulated by law. Find out about the rules that apply to childcare services providing care to school age children.

Universal childcare subsidy
A subsidy reducing the cost of childcare for certain children in Tusla-registered childcare.