€19m Childcare Programme Support Payments open for applications

Funding will assist services ahead of National Childcare Scheme
Payments to issue end June

Friday 10th May 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced the opening of applications for a €19m fund to support early learning and care and school age childcare providers this summer.

The funding will be made available to services offering state supported childcare from June 2019.

The Programme Support Payment recognises the additional time required of providers of Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded early learning and care and school age childcare programmes, to complete the administrative work associated with the scheme. 

The payment also recognises the time required to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various schemes supported by the State.

Click here to read full press release.



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If you are looking for reliable information in one place, the HSE website Mychild.ie is a great resource of information and guidance for parents. It contains a wealth on information from pregnancy right through to baby and toddler care, development and health. It also includes information on services, entitlements and support information for parents. 
In conjunction with the website three new publications have been published by the HSE – pregnancy, my: 0-2years and my child 2-5 years.

Click here to access website.



DCYA Press Release - National Childcare Scheme, Early Learning & Care Capital Funding Announcement 

Monday 15th April 2019


  • Minister announces capital funding for service providers who sign up to the National Childcare Scheme
  • Funding will allow providers to purchase ICT support to assist in recording and reporting children’s attendance 
  • A ‘one stop shop’ template for maintaining attendance records will also be available to meet providers’ needs 
  • Initiative complements other National Childcare Scheme supports, including the Transition Support Payment, the national communications campaign and nationwide training programme for providers


Click here to read full press release.





DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone welcomes the report of the National Disability Authority with regard to overage exemptions for the ECCE free pre-school programme

Friday 29th March 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Joe McHugh, today welcomed and published the report by the National Disability Authority (NDA) of the consultation process into overage exemptions for certain children in the Early Childhood Care and Education programme (ECCE). In welcoming the report, which was jointly commissioned by the Ministers for Children & Youth Affairs and Education & Skills and is being published today, Minister Zappone stated

‘The free pre-school programme is an important cornerstone of the Government’s commitment to high quality early learning and care. It is critical that all children are supported to participate fully in the programme. This report provides us with important evidence regarding the needs of children with disabilities which can now inform our future thinking in this important area.’

Click here to view the full NDA report.

An additional letter of advice from NDA can be found here.


Click here to read full press release.



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