Wicklow parents quick to avail of new National Childcare Scheme
There has been a huge uptake by Wicklow parents for the new state scheme that provides early-learning and childcare support.
A total of 277 Wicklow families have already been approved for the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) just three weeks after applications to the scheme opened. A further 207 families are awaiting confirmation on whether their application has been successful or not.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is encouraging all parents in Wicklow to apply. The NCS is a subsidy which assists parents with the cost of early learning, early childcare and assistance for school-age children. The financial support can be used with any participating Tusla registered childcare service.
More than 8,000 awards have been issued nationwide in the three weeks the scheme has been opened and Minister Zappone says more people will be eligible for the scheme in 2020.
“Through the National Childcare Scheme, families have the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support towards the cost of childcare. The Scheme is our pathway to quality, accessible, affordable early learning and care and school age childcare.
“I am delighted that the initial volume of applications has been high. As of yesterday, nearly 12,000 applications, relating to over 17,000 children, had already been successfully submitted, and over 8,000 awards had been made to parents.”
The NCS is replacing the existing targeted childcare programmes with a single, online application.
Additional funding has already been provided for the scheme in 2020 which is estimated to benefit an additional 7,500 children. A further 40,000 eligible children will see increases in their subsidies.