How to Apply for CHICK Code

How to Apply for a CHICK Code for the National Childcare Scheme Subsidy

First you will need to register for a MyGovID account*, click the button below to go to the MyGovID website.

* A public service card will be required. If you do not have a public service card you can apply through the relevant Government portal online: How to get a Public Services Card (PSC) or Personal Public Service (PPS) Number

Once you have uploaded your information to apply for NCS govt funding through the MyGovID website you should receive a CHICK code.
Please forward a screenshot of your NCS govt funding award details to our dedicated email address:

Emails sent to individuals may be missed due to planned or unplanned leave etc which may result in loss of funding as NCS govt funding cannot be backdated as per NCS govt rules and regulations.

Once your NCS award is received & processed in our office it will be uploaded onto the NCS website. Once processed you should then receive an email from NCS directly to your MyGovID account which will require your attention, you will be asked to confirm your registered care option details.

An application with HighCare is not complete until you, the parent, has confirmed the following details:
• Confirmed registered care options details (through NCS website).
• Completed HighCare Booking & Registration forms.
• Completed Direct Debit mandate form.
• Enrollment fee payment has been made.

Please note, it is not possible to backdate NCS govt funding as per NCS govt rules & regulations.

Please make a note of your CHICK code end date to avoid funding delays, NCS will email individual families regarding funding expiry dates &/or any amendments that have occurred within your award therefore we would advise you to check your email account and NCS parent portal regularly.

Please forward all CHICK code renewal screenshots of your NCS award to our dedicated email:

Funding is deducted from your next invoice provided your NCS funding has been approved directly through the NCS providers portal.

Funding calculations are based on your hourly amount approved by NCS and your allocated hours of attendance.

Example: Total funding amount approved by NCS €1.40 per hour for 40 hours per week, weekly NCS= €56 x 4.33weeks= €242.48 monthly NCS allowance.

Note: If NCS funding ends mid-month the funding will be apportioned with this in mind. Afterschool rates calculated per week each month.

Finally, once your NCS is calculated, we & you are required to complete an NCS Registration agreement form under the NCS guidelines. This will require the parent’s signature.

Please note: If your Direct Debit has been processed before your NCS application has been approved, the Government funding will be recognised in the subsequent Direct Debits.

Adding a child to an existing claim:
In order to add a sibling to your award you are required by NCS to update your existing application on your NCS parent portal by adding the second child rather than creating a new application on the NCS system.

Creating a new application will end your existing application for your 1st child.

We do hope the steps provided above help explain how to apply for your NCS funding and how we calculate funding against fees monthly, we do understand funding calculations and the timing of their application can be confusing.

If you require any further clarification in relation to the amount of funding you are being approved for or the duration of the same, please contact the NCS parent helpline on 01-906 8530.

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