Dublin, Ireland – Wednesday 11th December
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.”
The Scheme’s innovative, purpose-built IT system aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.
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, with an integrated web portal on the Adoxio portal product. Key user functionality developed on the portal includes Universal Application, Income Assessed Application and Subsidy Calculator.
The solution leverages MyGovID for user authentication and is integrated with the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Social Protection. In addition to application development work, Codec designed and implemented the CRM server infrastructure required for National Childcare Scheme.
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.
To learn more about Codec, Ireland’s leading Microsoft Partner, visit www.codec.ie
Photo L to R: Cian McNamara, Regional Director at Codec, James Ahern, Head of ICT at Pobal and John Roddy, Commercial Director at Codec.