DCEDIY have initiated a review of the first 12 months of the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) under Section 26 of the Childcare Support Act 2018, to provide key information on the operation of the NCS and to support the future development of the NCS.

The review will provide a basis for DCEDIY to consider how effectively the NCS is operating and whether it is meeting the objectives such as more affordable childcare and future investment in the NCS.

As part of this review, all service providers (those offering NCS and those not offering NCS) and parents of children availing of NCS are being asked to complete a short survey, open from13th to 28th May.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and the information provided in this survey will form a valuable contribution to the review.

Links to the surveys will issue via email from today and the closing date for both provider and parent survey is 28th May.

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