Affordable Childcare Announcement 12th April 17

Government announces plans for the delivery of more affordable childcare this September

Highest levels of supports for families with the lowest incomes: Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar

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Wednesday 12th April 2017

Government has agreed its plan to make childcare more affordable from September using the additional €19m of childcare funding agreed in Budget 2017. Minister Katherine Zappone said: “Today we agreed the next step towards affordable, accessible quality childcare. The Government has approved a range of financial measures that will see more than 70,000 families benefit from reduced childcare costs from September. 

Children aged from 6 months through to 15 years will benefit with the highest levels of supports aimed at those families with the lowest incomes.  It will be targeted at low-income families and those with children under three years old. It will also target more than 3,000 childcare providers through the country.

The childcare supports available from this September will include: 

  • A new universal childcare subsidy for children aged from 6 months up to 36 months old (or commencement of the free pre-school programme). This new universal childcare subsidy will benefit up to 33,000 children.  For children in full-time, registered childcare, it will amount to €1,000 per annum. 
  • Significant increases of up to 50 per cent in childcare subvention rates provided under the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme for children aged from 6 months up to 15 years old:
  • Up to 23,000 children and their families currently availing of childcare supports under this Scheme will benefit from these increases. For example, parents availing of full-time childcare who currently have had their childcare costs subsidised by €95 per week under this Scheme will see their subvention rate rise to €145 per week.
  • Up to 7,000 additional children and their families are expected to benefit from this Scheme for the first time from September due to improved access to this Scheme through a greater number of community/not-for-profit and private childcare providers throughout the country. These children and their families too will benefit from these generous increases in childcare subvention rates.

​Children and families can avail of these new levels of childcare subsidies under a number of circumstances, including if they are in receipt of the Family Income Supplement or of they have a medical card or a GP only card.  

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