The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD has officially launched the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) alongside the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD.
Minister Zappone said “This is a landmark moment for children and families in Ireland. Through the National Childcare Scheme, families have the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support towards the cost of childcare. The Scheme is our pathway to quality, accessible, affordable early learning and care and school age childcare.”
On the application process, Minister Zappone noted “This is a highly innovative and ambitious Scheme and I am delighted that the initial volume of applications has been high”.
The solution designed and implemented by Codec is built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform.
Applicants (parents) access the scheme through a user-friendly portal at www.ncs.gov.ie. The portal leverages MyGovID for user authentication and is integrated with the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Social Protection. Codec collaborated with DCYA’s web design company to ensure the design for the Applicant Portal met UI/UX requirements and was aligned with the capabilities of the Adoxio platform.
Commenting on the launch of the scheme John Roddy, Commercial Director at Codec said “Using best of breed Microsoft technologies, we are proud to have delivered an innovative and transformational solution for the National Childcare Scheme. The application process is user friendly, takes minutes to complete and will help transform the childcare system”.
The Minister was joined by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Speaking at the event, the Taoiseach said: “The new National Childcare Scheme is about giving our children the best start in life. It’s an investment in making life easier for families, better outcomes for children, and helping to make Ireland one of the best countries in which to grow up and raise a family”.
The NCS scheme is implemented and managed by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Following the successful launch of the scheme, James Ahern, Head of ICT at Pobal, commented: “The Codec team played an integral part throughout the implementation of what was a complex project and of critical importance to Pobal and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The Codec development team were experienced, proactive and they helped us deliver. They brought essential Microsoft expertise, technical expertise and implementation experience that was required for a successful delivery”.
To learn more about Codec, Ireland’s leading Microsoft Partner, visit www.codec.ie