If you (and your partner, if you have one) are working, studying or training, the maximum number of subsidised hours available per week are 45.
If you (or your partner, if you have one) are not working, studying or training, the maximum number of subsidised hours available per week are 20.
In both cases, the available hours include hours spent in school or preschool. The remaining hours can then be used for ‘wrap around care’. More information on this is available on www.ncs.gov.ie.
In order to apply online for an Income Based Subsidy you will need:
- A verified MyGovID account
- Your children’s information such as Date of Birth and PPSN
- Your employment and income related details
- Your partner’s PPSN**
- Your partner’s employment and income related details**
**if you are a member of a couple
To see what you might be eligible for, you can check out www.ncs.gov.ie
Child Identifier Code Key (‘CHICK’):
When you apply to the NCS, you will be awarded a CHICK for your child. This is a unique code for your child. When your child starts in KinderCrescent, you will be required to provide us with this CHICK so that we can register it with KinderCrescent. Following that, we then apply, on your behalf, for the childcare subsidy that has been awarded to you.
Registering your ‘CHICK’:
Once we register your CHICK with KinderCrescent and apply for the subsidy from Pobal, you, the parent, will receive an email requiring you to accept and confirm the application made by us. Only when you accept and confirm this will the subsidy be assigned to be paid to KinderCrescent. We can then deduct your subsidy from your childcare fee.
Please note that subsidy payments start on a Monday and Pobal do not allow payments to be backdated. For this reason, it is very important that you apply as soon as possible to the NCS for your subsidy and send us on the full details of your award as soon as you receive it.