182,000 children in Ireland now in receipt of early learning and childcare subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme.

But many are still missing out on the Scheme which can cut thousands off early learning and childcare bills.


Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, is today calling on all parents throughout the country using Tusla-registered early learning and childcare services to make sure they are getting their full entitlement to subsidies, which could cut thousands of euros off their bills each year.

A total of 182,000 children in Ireland received subsidies towards the cost of early learning and childcare under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) in 2023, with almost €337 million paid to 3,698 early learning and childcare providers to offset fees charged to parents.

While the numbers benefitting from the Scheme are at unprecedented levels, data from a recent Ipsos poll commissioned by the Department shows that up to 40% of parents with children under 15 are unaware of the Scheme.

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