Welcome to Cork City Childcare

Cúram do leanaí a bheidh fónta, sofaighte agus uile ghabhálach a fhorbairt, i gcomhair le tuismitheoirí

Cork City Childcare is one of the 30 County/City Childcare Committees set up throughout the Country.

Cork City Childcare is the first port of call for both parents and childcare providers when trying to access many of today’s early years’ care and education initiatives.

We have Excellent Childcare Services in Cork City. The Provision of Childcare is essential in enabling parents to work or return to Education. Accessible Affordable Childcare is fundamental to the social and economic life of our city. Cork City Childcare is working very hard to support the development of the Quantity and Quality of Childcare in Cork.

Cork City Childcare provides support to:

  • Childcare and Early Education Providers
  • Childcare and Early Education Practitioners
  • Parents
  • Childminders
  • Parent & Toddler Groups
  • Childcare and Early Education Students
  • Those interested in a career in or involvement with the Early Childhood Care & Education sector


The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.

There is now an Eligibility Calculator available for parents to check their own circumstances by clicking here: https://ncs.gov.ie/en/childcare-subsidy-calculator-input/

From November 2019, it has replaced all previous targeted Childcare Programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help Parents meet the cost of Quality Childcare.

The National Childcare Scheme will open to online applications from November 20th.

The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday

Phone 01 9068530 or Contact us for further information on the Scheme.

A paper based, postal application will be available from January 2020.

First Aid Responder (FAR) Training Bursary

Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020. From this date under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the service. To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training. See here for further information.

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