You are registered to start ECCE with Giraffe Childcare for this upcoming 2020/2021 term. Prior to your start, we require you to apply for your child’s ECCE grant to guarantee your start date. You should start the application process straight away to avoid any delays due to backlogs.

Once your application is complete, you will receive a CHICK key. Please forward this CHICK key onto accounts@giraffe.ie before the 24 August to secure your government grant for your childcare place. This funding grant cannot be backdated and could result in a delay on your child’s start date.

How to apply for ECCE grant under the NCS (National Childcare Scheme):

The easiest and fastest way to apply is online at https://ncs.gov.ie/en/

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, employment and income related details (if you are a member of a couple)

*  To obtain this you need a basic MyGovID account and a Public Service Card with a verified mobile phone number.  For full instructions, please go to https://www.ncs.gov.ie/en/how-to-apply/

If you cannot apply online, you will need to apply by post. To do so, please contact the Parent Support Centre on 01 906 8530, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. These postal applications will take longer to process.

When your application has been approved, you will receive a CHICK key (Childcare Identifier Code Key).

Please send this CHICK key in an email to accounts@giraffe.ie stating your child’s name , date of birth and the centre your child attends.

After we register your grant, you will receive an email notification asking you to validate that the details entered are correct. Once you send your validation, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will pay the grant to us on your behalf, and we will, in turn, confirm your child’s start date.

If you do not validate your registration, we cannot offer you a start date.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact your centre manager.